Closing date: Tuesday, 22 August 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – POLITICAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs-Department of Peace Operations-Shared Structure

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 23 February 2023 – 22 August 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-DPPA-DPO-SS-202190-J-New York (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingWe seek a motivated intern to support the work of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC). The UNOCC is a multi-party entity reporting to the Under-Secretary- General (USG) for Policy in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) and on peacekeeping matters to the USG for Peace Operations in the Department of Peace Operations. The UNOCC supports UN senior leadership decision-making through the delivery of situational awareness, cross-pillar analytics, preventive engagement, and crisis and risk management. This position is located in the United Nations Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC). The incumbent reports to the Head of the UNOCC Watch Room. The UNOCC provides rapid situational awareness and analysis of events in the field, in order to enable informed, coordinated and timely decision-making and strategic engagement on operations and crisis management at UN Headquarters (UNHQ) through 24/7 support to senior managers across the UN system. 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. The internship is UNPAID; full-time internship working hours are 35 hours per week under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The internship can be undertaken in an entire remote arrangement outside the duty station or a hybrid working arrangement from the UN Premise at the New York City, USA duty station. Applicants for this position are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as hiring will begin before the end of the vacancy posting period. Interested applicants should be available to start as soon as possible, preferably for a period of three (3) months. Please read the ‘Special Notice’ paragraph carefully before applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of UNOCC Watch Room, and in consultation with a Coordination Officer, the Intern will over the course of the assignment:

  •  Support the Watch Room in analysis and visualization of structured and unstructured data extracted from UNOCC Data Repositories;
  •  Support the drafting and formatting of meeting minutes, outcome notes, briefings, country profiles, visual aids and/or presentations to UN senior leadership;
  •  Conducting open source monitoring and research;
  •  Support with the organization of enhanced monitoring and crisis management meetings; and
  •  Undertake other assignments as required.


  •  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 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

EducationApplicants 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; Field of study to be preferably in political science, history, international relations, law or a related field; 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 Charter; and Have demonstrated the 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 ExperienceNo working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship. Strong skills in using Microsoft software packages, especially PowerPoint is required. Excellent drafting skills in English is required. Excellent presentation and data analysis skills, including quantitative / qualitative analysis and data visualization skills (e.g. PowerBI, Excel, PowerPoint, SAP Business Objects, Qlik, Tableau), are desirable.

LanguagesEnglish 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.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special NoticeThe United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The United Nations does not financially remunerate interns. 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. For internships outside the United States, interns who are not citizens of the country, permanent residents, or not currently in the country’s non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a valid visa and work permit, allowing them to undertake the internship. Applicants who are children or siblings (including stepchildren, half-siblings, or stepsiblings) of a staff member and sons or daughters-in-law may not be engaged as an intern. We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 2 months. The candidates will be assessed on a rolling basis and recruited when teams needs to fill the post. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible. A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must also include:

  •  Title of degree you are currently pursuing.
  •  Graduation Date (When will you be/are graduating/have graduated from the programme?)
  •  List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
  •  List your top three areas of interest and please explain how your interests, skills and knowledge match either the strategic support or the analytics track.
  •  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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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.