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Org. Setting and Reporting This internship will aim at assisting the Office of Environment Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR) of the ISA Secretariat in undertaking a study on environmental and socioeconomic impacts of large-scale raw material production (example: nickel) both, on land and potentially from the seabed, with a view to increasing the organization’s understanding of raw materials productions, conditions and markets. The minimum period for this position is for two months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The internship can take place remotely or at the Headquarters of ISA. In the case where the intern selected chooses to undertake the internship at the Headquarters of ISA, all costs will be the responsibility of the intern. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Programme Manager (Marine Geology). The following responsibilities can be adapted, as appropriate, to fit each intern.

Responsibilities The selected applicant, with qualified experience in working with raw materials / mining geology, will be required to: - Assist in identification and reviewing of resource information materials (exploration and mining projects, resource and market situations, production facilities, environmental aspects of mining) including press releases, newsletter articles, scientific publications and other relevant documents; - Explore existing and potential future production from surficial and deep-sea resources; - Assist in undertaking comparison between existing and potential production and monitor environmental aspects of production through environmental and socioeconomic life cycle analyses. - Provide research for drafting background/information materials; - Initiate and carry out assigned tasks/special projects, as requested by the supervisor.

Competencies 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 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education To qualify for an internship within OEMMR, and in line with the eligible criteria set out in the ISA Internship Programme, each candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme in geography, geology, resource economics, international relations or related field (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in geography, geology, resource economics, international relations or related field (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree in geography, geology, resource economics, international relations or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

2. Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar.

3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

4. 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. Work experience and knowledge in mineral resources and mineral extraction from an environmental and a geopolitical perspective is desirable

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in either language is required; and [‘fluency’ or ‘knowledge’] of the other is [‘desirable’ or ’an advantage’]. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment Potential candidates will be contacted by 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: -Title of degree you are currently pursuing -Graduation Date (when will you be graduating from the programme) -List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in -List your top three areas of research interests -Explain why you are interested in the ISA Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to a 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.

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.


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