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Internship - Humanitarian Affairs, Khartoum (I-1)
Closing date: 2015-08-06
Posting Title:Internship - Humanitarian Affairs, I
Job Code Title:INTERN - HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
Department/ Office:Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Posting Period:7 July 2015-6 August 2015
Job Opening number:15-HRA-OCHA-44798-R-KHARTOUM
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
In line with the United Nations internship programme, the internship with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs aims to provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat. The Programme endeavours to attract qualified students and offers them an opportunity to enhance their educational experience in the work of the Organization, and it also provides the Office with the assistance of students specialized in various professional fields. The internship is an unpaid and full-time opportunity and the intern must adhere to the established official weekly working hours of the duty station where it is based; the general working hours at the United Nations Office at Geneva are 40 hours per week, from 08:30 until 17:30 with one hour for a lunch break. For more information on the Programme, please visit: https://www.unog.ch .
All costs associated to this internship are to be borne by the prospective candidate, specifically: travel, visas, accommodation, living expenses and medical insurance for the entire duration of the internship. The Organization accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance and other costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during the internship. The intern shall not travel on behalf of nor represent the Organization in any official capacity. A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship. The United Nations shall not enter into formal partnerships or conclude memoranda of understanding or similar agreements with academic institutions. To apply to this internship please go to: https://inspira.un.org or https://careers.un.org .
House 350, block 21
Off Abdulla El Tayeb Rd
Riyadh, Khartoum, Sudan
Tel: +249 922 443 999 (196 8457)
Organizational Setting and Reporting
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. OCHA Sudan plays a key role in managing the relationship of the humanitarian community with the Government of Sudan (GoS) and seeks to minimize operational restrictions and impediments. Notwithstanding government-imposed restrictions, the security environment in many parts of the country creates complex challenges though OCHA Sudan continues to be a promote and lead coherent and consistent approaches with and amongst partners as part of broader response planning. This internship will be located in OCHA Sudan front office based in Khartoum, Sudan, and the intern will work under the general guidance of the Deputy Head of Office. This internship is being offered for a minimum period of three months, with an estimated start date as soon as possible.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, duties may include but are not limited to: Supporting with data consolidation, analysis, editing and preparation of reports; assisting in the design and preparation of studies on humanitarian, disaster, emergency relief and related issues and in various follow-up activities; researching, analysing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/ issues; assisting with the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents etc.; assisting with the maintenance of reference/ resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; assisting in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, work-shops, etc.; and serving as note-taker to such events; maintaining awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area and/ or country or region concerned; and performing tasks as appropriate and requested by supervisor.
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 on-going 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.
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.
Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor's (final year), Post graduate, Master's or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, preferably in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or related field or a related field. Applicants that have successfully completed an academic programme in a discipline mentioned above must commence the internship within a period of one year from date of graduation.
Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the internship program, though any academic and/ or practical experience in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences is desirable. Knowledge in graphics design would be an asset. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, 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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration. A completed on-line application is required, please mention the title of the degree which you are currently pursuing and the scheduled date of graduation (month and year); indicate all standard office software packages in which you are proficient, including information technology applications and/or programs; and summarise your general interest in the United Nations in the cover note. Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills-set, and they will be assessed based on information provided in their Personal History Profiles. Do not forget to designate three references that we may contact who can attest to your qualifications; include present or past supervisors, peers, mentors or thesis advisors, but please do not list any family members. Due to the high volume of applications received, applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
United Nations Considerations
Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.