Economic Affairs Intern

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Application deadline 3 days ago: Monday 22 Jul 2024 at 03:59 UTC

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Work Location

In-person (full time)

Expected duration

02/09/24 – 31/12/24

Duties and Responsibilities

The position is at the UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time, i.e., an intern is expected to work five days per week (40 hours). The internship is offered on an in-person basis. For in-person internships, interns must have a valid visa. All costs of travel, accommodation, medical insurance and living expenses must be covered by the intern. The position is located in Geneva in the Division of International Trade and Commodities (DITC). The internship will start on 2 September 2024 for an initial period of 4 months, with an opportunity of extension up to six months. The main responsibilities are: a) to undertake research on trade in services, b) to assist with research and outreach activities as a follow-up to the recommendations from the informal Working Group on Data for Trade in Services and Development Policies; c) to assist in providing data collection and research for branch publications; d) to provide research assistance in connection with the Development Account project on Strengthening the evidence-base of policy making in trade in services. Training and mentoring will be provided throughout the internship by the supervisor (s) and a team of colleagues in the Office. Carrying out his/her tasks under the guidance and supervision of a supervisor, duties include: • Participation in meetings (online or in person) with the supervisor and team. • Assist in compiling information and data on trade in services trends related to sustainable development. • Assist in quantitative and qualitative background research. • Prepare short drafts on specific issues as indicated by the supervisors, including developing charts and graphs. • Provide substantive support to the preparation of relevant documents (e.g., presentations, project documents, and management of projects) as required by the above-mentioned activities. • Assist with proofreading and editing publications. • Support other activities of the Section as required. More generally, interns shall: 1. Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures, and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 5 of the UN Internship Programme Administrative Instructions ST/AI/2020/1. 2. Provide the receiving departments/offices with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the internship. The UN shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the internship. At the request of the UN, the interns shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the UN in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law. 3. Respect the impartiality and independence required of the UN and of the receiving department/office and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UN. 4. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the receiving department/office, they may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information on which has become known to them by reason of their association with the UN or the receiving department/office, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the internship with the UN. 5. Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the UN or the receiving department/office and will not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the UN.

Qualifications/special skills

The United Nations internship programme is intended to expose students or recent graduates to the United Nations in order to enhance their educational experience and to help them to gain experience in the work of the Organization. Therefore, applicants to the programme must at the time of application 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). Moreover, interns should: • Should 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 includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. No 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. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an advantage.

Additional Information

ASSESSMENT: Candidates will be assessed based on their Personel History Profiles (PHP). Individual interviews may be conducted for further assessment. A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The cover Note must include: - Title of degree. - Graduation date (when will you be graduating from the programme, if not yet graduated). - List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. - Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship position. In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, if any; IT skills and three (3) references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. SPECIAL NOTICE: This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN after the internship. Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. Applicants who are children or siblings of a staff member are not eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Applicants who are otherwise related to a staff member may be engaged as interns, provided that they are neither assigned to the same work unit as such, staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of such staff member.

Intern Specific text

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. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

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