INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS
Application deadline 3 days ago: Friday 29 Sep 2023 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the registry of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT), which is a part of the Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ). The incumbent reports to the Registrar of the UNAT. This internship is for a minimum of three months and up to six months. The programme is normally full-time, i.e. an intern is expected to work five days per week (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) for a total of 35 hours per week. A part time or remote option can be considered.
The UNAT is an appellate tribunal established to review appeals against judgments rendered by the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. Our Interns work as full team members, pursue projects designed to make a significant difference in the registry and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and the period during which he/she will undertake the internship.
The registry is seeking highly motivated graduate students who wish to gain professional experience in an international organization.
The internship offers a practical educational experience and allows interns to work in a multicultural, intergovernmental organization.
Responsibilities The Intern will provide legal and paralegal support to the Registry. Duties will include: •Assist in conducting legal research for use by Legal Officers and Judges in connection with review of motions and appeals; •Assist in drafting summaries of UNAT Judgments for publication on the OAJ case law portal •Assist in reviewing motions and summarizing the facts and parties' contentions for consideration by the UNAT Judges •Editing, proof-reading, formatting and otherwise finalizing Judgments, Orders and other documents; •Assist in the organizational and logistical activities of the hearing sessions of the UNAT Judges •Maintaining databases and files, including MS Teams folders;
Before completing this internship, the intern will prepare a brief report and make a presentation on the experience gained. The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-today work of OAJ if required. The intern is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with the administrative work of the division and other tasks that are typical of UN organizations.
Competencies Professionalism: Knowledge of and ability to apply, legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents. Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyze information on a wide range of legal issues. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and remains calm in stressful situations. 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; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
Communication: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and organization: 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.
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.
Education 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), preferably in the area of law, international relations, or public administration; (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent), preferably in the area of law, international relations, or public administration; - 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 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.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Special Notice 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 nonimmigrant 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.
Please Note That Start and End Dates Are Flexible
We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months with the possibility of extension. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. - Fall (September to December) - Winter/Spring (January to April) - Summer (May to August)
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 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
In your application, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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.
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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.
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