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INTERN - Human Resources [Temporary]

Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance Office of Human Resources


(Month / day / Year format)

Gross annual salary:


The intern will have the opportunity to work in different areas of the HR Policy Section.  Interns will be assigned to specific projects based on individual backgrounds.  Depending on the project, duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Conduct research on a diverse range of assigned issues using multiple sources;
• Select and evaluate a variety of documents, collect and analyze data, summarize pertinent material, present findings for internal review, and prepare background materials, talking points and correspondence;
• Assist in the preparation of policy opinions/advice on a wide range of human resources matters of the Organization;
• Attend and summarize meetings and conferences;
• Monitor follow-up action as requested;
• Contribute to the re-organization of the Section's share drive, SharePoint site and shared emails by reviewing and analyzing the contents of relevant documents and determining the most appropriate topic for them;
• Support analytics on cross-cutting needs, priorities, resources, and performance;
• Support the maintenance of key data sets, data models, indices and reports;
• Develop dashboards and visualizations for the team and senior managers;
• Initiate required actions for the potential migration to new electronic tools;
• Assist with the update and reorganization of the HR and Travel sites in the new Policy Site (English and French) which will be the online tool used by all the human resources practitioners and staff at large;
• Support the preparation of meetings
•  Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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; and, remains clam in stressful situations.
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York, 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);
Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to Human Resources, Law, Public or Business Administration, Management, Strategy, or similar.
In addition, interested candidates must:
•  Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
•  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; however are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas indicated in the job opening.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Knowledge of French is highly desirable. Knowledge of an additional UN official language is an asset.  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the UN Secretariat.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  The Cover Note must include:
•  Your availability
•  Title of degree you are currently pursuing or have recently graduated from;
•  Graduation Date (When will you be/have graduating/graduated 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;
•  Explain your interest in the work of the United Nations and personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
•  Explain how you have demonstrated an 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.
In your online Personal History Profile (PHP), 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.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.  For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa.  If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.
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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