The Sustainable Urban Development Section of ESCAP is looking for motivated interns, for a period from 2 to 6 months, who want to integrate their academic path and discover the United Nations’ work from the inside.
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Organization: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It was established in order to increase economic activity in Asia and the Far East, as well as to foster economic relations between the region and other areas of the world.
The Sustainable Urban Development Section works with member States and key stakeholders to promote sustainable and inclusive urban development in Asia and the Pacific through a programme of work focused on: (i) developing and disseminating knowledge products that foster enhanced awareness and informed decision-making; (ii) providing technical assistance and supporting capacity development; (iii) strengthening intergovernmental processes; and (iv) networking and partnership development, among others.
Duty Station: Bangkok
Open To: undergraduate and graduate students
Timeframe: not mentioned
Deadline: 31st August 2019
Job description: Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Provide succinct analysis of current and emerging issues and trends of urban development processes in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
- Conduct research and identify case studies on urban policies and programmes and their impact on inclusive, sustainable and resilient development in the Asia-Pacific region (30%)
- Assist with various tasks linked to organizational and substantive dimensions of programme and project implementation (20%)
- If applicable, provide support to organize and conduct meetings relevant to the work of the section, including the drafting of documents, preparation for and backstopping of Intergovernmental meetings, and follow-up activities (10%)
- Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the Section, such as servicing requests for information, support for developing presentations, updating of web pages on the section’s work etc (10%)
- Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills
- Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- 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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
- are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
- shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
- have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- have demonstrated the 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.
- Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Application process: Create your Personal History Form attaching a cover letter
Useful links: Application form
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