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United Nations: Internship in Humanitarian Affairs

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6 Apr, 2016

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Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise.

Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match her/his suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.

An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.

For purposes of this advertisement, “child” means

(i) the child of a staff member;

(ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law).

“Sibling” includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

In line with the United Nations internship programme, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) internship provides a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work of the United Nations through assignment to offices within the Secretariat.

The Programme endeavours to attract qualified students, offering them an opportunity to enrich their educational experience through exposure to the work of the Organization.

Equally, it 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 with one hour for a lunch break.

This internship will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and covers 15 fifteen countries (Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and the intern will under the overall guidance of the Head of Office and under the direct supervision Deputy, Head of Office.

The internship is being offered for a minimum period of three (3) months, with a possibility of extension up to six (6) months, starting 17 April 2016.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

-Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

-Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or

-Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, much commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme.

Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

The University degree must be in the area of political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or a in related field

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the Programme though any academic and/or practical experience in humanitarian affairs issues including humanitarian coordination, humanitarian financing mechanisms, humanitarian funding trends, gender equality programming, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development and/or human rights is desirable.

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.

Languages

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 French is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Closing Date: 18 April 2016

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