Intern - Operational Support (multiple positions) [Temporary]

Department of Operational Support


Level : I-1
Job ID : 131380
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Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : Department of Operational Support
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2020
Deadline : 12/31/2020 (Month / day / Year format)

Gross annual salary: 0,00

Deadline: 12/31/2020

Our interns work as full members of our team, pursue projects that are designed to make a significant difference in DOS, and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. We offer internship opportunities in three broad areas:
• Support the preparation of senior-level meetings, conferences and engagements
• Prepare research, analysis and policy options for improved operational support
• Attend meetings with UN counterparts and committees, and coordinate follow-up to decisions
• Assist in speechwriting, messaging, preparation of reports and background documents
This track requires good writing, planning, and organizing skills

• Help analyse the performance across functional areas, including human resources, supply chain, health-care, uniformed support, planning and operational support, HQ facility and administrative support
• Support the analytics teams in preparing data, data models, and surveys
• Develop dashboards and visualizations for senior managers, and provide user support
• Support data mining, optimization, metrics development, and predictive analysis
This track focuses on working with data and data models, as well as data visualization

• Help analyse the performance across functional areas, including human resources, supply chain, health-care, uniformed support, planning and operational support, HQ facility and administrative support
• Support work on priority projects such as specific innovation initiatives
• Support design, drafting and implementation of strategic priorities such as departmental-wide performance framework, client relationship models, etc.
This track resembles consulting-like work, and draws on conceptualization, PowerPoint and project management skills
• 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
Planning and Organizing
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
• Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
• Uses time efficiently
Technological Awareness
• Keeps abreast of available technology
• Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
• Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
• Shows willingness to learn new technology
We are open to a broad range of educational backgrounds. Typically, our interns are pursuing studies in the following areas:
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in International Relations, Global Affairs, Management, Economics, Public Affairs or Public/Business Administration
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Operations Research, Engineering, Mathematics, Data Visualization or Analytics
We seek candidates with relevant coursework in Business Administration, Management, Strategy Development, Project Management, Operations Research, or Public Administration

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent)
Applicants must also:
-Be computer literate in standard software applications
- Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter
-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 to the United Nations 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 required.
Applicants must be a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor's, Master's or Ph.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach a current official proof from the educational institution to this effect to your application.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special Notice
We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship.  Please note that start and end dates are flexible:
• Fall (September to December)
• Winter/Spring (January to April)
• Summer (May to August)
Internships with us focus on one of three areas. In your cover note, please indicate which work stream you are interested in:
• Executive and Management Support
• Analytics and Business Intelligence
• Strategic and Project Support
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
•List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. 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, though it can be an advantage if you have interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below:

• Keen interest in international affairs, international organizations, management and change
• Strong planning, drafting and communication skills
• Proficient in standard software applications
• Attention to detail and a passion for researching big-picture issues
• Experience in consulting, policy work or executive management support is an advantage
• Keen interest in analytics, information management, visualization, and performance optimization
• Strong knowledge of data management techniques, quantitative analysis and methods
• Knowledge of key business tools (e.g. Excel, PowerPivot, PowerPoint)
• Knowledge of analytics tools (e.g. Microsoft SQL, PowerBI, SAP Business Objects, Tableau, Qlik)
• Experience in management analytics, visualization or survey design can be an advantage
• Keen interest in strategy development and management
• Interest or experience in performance management, process redesign, innovation
• Knowledge of project management techniques and approaches
• Strong knowledge of key business tools (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint)
• Experience with working in consulting-like projects can be an advantage
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.
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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