Intern- Political Affairs

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC) internships are for an initial period of three (3) months with an opportunity for an extension of up to three (3) months, depending on the needs of the office.

This position is located in the Research and Liaison Unit of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC), which provides the UNOCC with an analytical capacity to undertake in-depth mid to long-term research studies on current political, security and operational issues affecting UN field missions. 

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.

Applicants for this position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as hiring will begin before the end of the vacancy posting period. 

Please be advised that the office is looking for one intern who would be available to start at the end of February 2018, preferably for a period of six (6) months, as well as for two interns who would be available from May 2018. 

Please read the 'Special Notice' paragraph carefully before applying. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Under the overall supervision of the Coordination Officer, Research and Liaison Unit (RLU), the Intern will:

- Conduct research and reference searches on various issues, including political and security developments, human rights, economic and social developments, humanitarian issues; 
- Support the RLU Team in maintaining key data sets, data models, indices and reports and in developing dashboards, maps and visualizations for senior managers;
- Support the RLU in the preparation of analytical and background papers, weekly presentations to Member States (Troop and Police Contributing Countries), including by compiling, processing and visualizing data; analysis of UN system-wide/cross-cutting needs, priorities, resources, risks and performance;
- Support the Director of the UNOCC in preparing presentations to the Senior Management; and
- Undertake other assignments as required.


Core Competencies:
- Shows ability to monitor and analyze political, operational and security developments;
- Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues; 
- Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; 
- Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; 
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

-Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
-Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
-Places team agenda before personal agenda
-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
-Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 

- Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;

- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Economics, Political Sciences or related areas is required.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required;
- Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or ARC GIS is desirable infographics design is an asset;
- Knowledge of managing data within Excel, and using tools to collate and present data effectively is highly desirable;
- Knowledge of basic humanitarian and human rights challenges is desirable.

- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.
Prior experience and/or strong skills in generating data visualizations is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language, such as Arabic or French, is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The Cover Note must include: 
- Explain why you are the best candidate for the UNOCC; 
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme;
- Date of availability;
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing; 
- Graduation Date (when you will be graduating from the programme); 
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. 

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills and three references. 

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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