Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe in Brussels, with the Desk for Italy, the Holy See, San Marino and Malta. UNICs are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located, they are also responsible for promoting greater public understanding of and support for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.
The internship is for six (6) months at maximum and UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the direct supervision of the Italian Desk Officer of UNRIC.
The Intern may be responsible for the following duties: • Media monitoring; drafting,editing, translating into Italian media advisories, press releases, backgrounders and other information material for dissemination and posting;
• Maintaining content on websites, official social media accounts and other official digital communication outlets and monitoring their usage through analytics and other statistical tools;
• Handling and updating the Desk's thematic mailing lists of recipients in the national civil society;
• Managing relationship with Italy-based volunteer translators within the framework of the distance internship program for linguistic mediators;
• Creating and editing infographics or social videos for posting on official digital communication outlets;
• Assisting in organizing events in Brussels and Italy; • Contributing ideas to projects for enhancing the reach of official digital communication outlets, identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
• Liaising with Italy-based ASVIS on Sustainable Development Goals-related issues;
• Supporting the Desk officer in securing placement of UN high-ranking officials'Op-Eds with national influential media outlets;
• Perform other related duties, as required.
TEAMWORK: 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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
COMMUNICATION: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
To qualify for a UN internship, the following conditions must be met: 1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: • Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) 2. Be computer literate in standard software applications; 3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the UN and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and 4. Have the ability to successfully interact within a multicultural, multilingual working context and be understanding and tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and Italian is required.
Potential candidates will be contacted for the interview. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
We are recruiting interns throughout the year for assignments of six (6) months. The exact starting date of the internship will be agreed upon between the successful candidate and the Desk officer to ensure a smooth succession to previous interns.
Your application for this internship must include: • A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references; • Proof of enrollment; list of IT skills and programs that you are proficient in using; and explanation of why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship; • A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated). The office does not provide visa facilitation nor pay any travel expenses linked to the internship.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises.
Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Other Skills and Requirements: Candidates for our internship positions are not required to have professional experience, interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below are desirable:
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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