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United Nations Office at Geneva offers Internship Political Affairs

United Nations Office at Geneva <1y Entry Level  Genf, Genf, Schweiz 5 Mai 2018

Job Description

Internship Political Affairs

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located at the Office of the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) within the NGO Liaison Unit, Political Affairs and Partnerships Section in the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva.
The internship is for a minimum duration of two (2) months and can be extended up to six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full time. The Intern(s) work five days per week under the supervision of the Head of the NGO Liaison Unit, Political Affairs and Partnerships Section in the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva Responsibilities.
The NGO Liaison Unit is the focal point for matters related to relations between the United Nations Office at Geneva, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations. The Office maintains liaison with non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and facilitates their engagement with the United Nations.


The intern will need to follow NGO participation at the UN meetings in Geneva, in particular, the sessions of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. In that sense, the intern will contribute to the preparation and the organization of the documentation pertaining to these sessions and meetings.

At the request of the Chief of Unit, the intern will attend public meetings with NGO participation and will draft the reporting minutes; Contribute to the organization of NGO meetings held in Palais des Nations supported by the Unit and liaise with relevant United Nations colleagues; Participate to meetings which are of strategic interest for the NGO Liaison Unit. For that purpose, the intern will gather the requested documentation and produce reports; Support the Unit in developing a communication tool and outreach strategy as well as produce guidelines and materials to facilitate the engagement of civil society actors with the UN; Research themes which are of interest to the Office of the Director-General; Support the Unit while performing a combination of administrative and substantive tasks.


PROFESSIONALISM: Conceptual skills and ability to conduct independent research, identify issues and summarize diverse information. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Good understanding of the UN’s mission and organizational setup.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and shows 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.

TEAM WORK: Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; ability to place the team agenda before a personal one.


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; 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 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 programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, Fluency in English and in French (both oral and written) is required. Good knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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