Political Affairs Intern

UNODA - Office for Disarmament Affairs

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Expected duration

2-6 months, starting 15 April 2024

Duties and Responsibilities

This internship is hosted by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) through its Middle East Unit (MEU). ODA/MEU is seeking qualified interns for an internship of 2-6 months, depending on the needs of ODA/MEU and the willingness of applicant. ODA advises and assists the Secretary-General in the discharge of his responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations and the implements mandates given by the General Assembly, the Security Council and other organs of the United Nations system, in the area of disarmament and related security. For more information, please refer to: https://disarmament.unoda.org/. The Middle East Unit provides procedural and substantive support to the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, its rotating presidency and its subsidiary bodies. The Unit is also responsible for the preparation of political analyses and substantive background notes on developments related to weapons of mass destruction in the region of the Middle East and related political and security issues. The Unit also participates in preparing substantive assessments and inputs to reports to intergovernmental and oversight bodies. For more information: https://disarmament.unoda.org/topics/conference-on-a-mezf-of-nwandowomd/. The Political Affairs intern will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of MEU and direct supervision of the Political Affairs Officer. This internship is unpaid and is designed to be full- time and in-person at the New York duty station. Interns will be assigned to a primary supervisor and are expected to adhere to the established official working hours five days per week with one hour for lunch break. The manager may consider some flexible time arrangements at the request of the successful candidates. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned tasks, and the internship period. The intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to: • Provide assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, summaries, talking points, speeches, remarks and web content; • Attend and summarize conferences and meetings; • Conduct research, including document, media and internet searches; • Provide assistance during conferences and meetings; • Fulfill other duties as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship is required. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master's or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor's, Master's or Ph.D. Programme. Applicants must 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 degree or equivalent). In addition, interested candidates must: (a) Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point); (b) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, the work of the Office for Disarmament Affairs and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and (c) 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. Familiarity with nuclear and weapons-of-mass-destruction policy and Middle East regional security issues are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

Additional Information

Not available.

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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