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Trainees INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

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Job Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I

Department/ Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Duty Station: BANGKOK

Posting Period: 30 March 2012-14 January 2013

Job Opening number: 12-ECO-ESCAP-23346-R-BANGKOK (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Information and Communications Technology Division (IDD) / Disaster Risk Reduction Section (DRS) internship is for 2-6 months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

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.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Section is one of the major pillars in IDD Division. Asia Pacific is the most disaster prone region and most seriously affected by natural disasters of many types: floods, droughts and meteorological, seismic, geological, maritime and ecological disasters, as well as forest and grassland fires. Many member states of ESCAP are developing countries, which had experienced higher levels of mortality in disasters.

Amongst the major objectives of DRR section are:
- Policy options and strategies on multi-hazard disaster risk reduction and mitigation
- Regional cooperation mechanism for disaster risk management, including space and other technical support systems
- Multi-hazard assessment, preparedness, early warning and response to disaster risk

The programs related to DRR are currently guided by the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 with the objectives to building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, adopted by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan from 18-22 January 2005. The Hyogo Declaration emphasized the need for strengthening and when necessary, developing coordinated regional approaches and creating or upgrading regional policies, operational mechanisms, plans and communication systems, where appropriate, in order to prepare for and ensure rapid and effective disaster response in situations that exceed national capacities to cope with such situations.
The First Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in 2005, Beijing, the 2nd AMCDRR held in New Delhi in 2007 and the 3rd AMCDRR held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2008 had provided guidelines to IDD to promote knowledge, good practices and continues to strengthen partnerships with various regional organizations and institutions on disaster risk reduction.

Responsibilities

- Assist with the development of the bi-annual publication, the Asia Pacific Disaster Report
-Contribute to the development of the Gateway for Disaster Risk Reduction and Development, a web platform for information sharing and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific (http://www.drrgateway.net/)
-Contribute to the ongoing research of the Disaster Risk Reduction Section on socio-economic impacts of disasters
- Assist in organizing regional conferences, expert group meetings, and events such as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
-Carry out other tasks as required by the Division.

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

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 ongoing 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

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

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

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school(second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least fours years of full-studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.

Be computer literate in standard software applications;

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

Have a demonstrated the 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

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if 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 interest/department preferences
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

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

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

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.

No Fee

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.

Source: UN Careers.


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