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Trainees INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

la Organizatia Natiunilor Unite in BEIRUT

Job Title:

INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT, I

Department/ Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Duty Station: BEIRUT

Posting Period: 12 July 2012-7 January 2013

Job Opening number: 12-PGM-ESCWA-24571-R-BEIRUT (O)

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

The duration of an ESCWA internship is normally two months on a full time basis – this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division.

Interns are not paid and are responsible for all expenses related to the internship.

ESCWA accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service.

This internship is located within the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Intern reports directly to the Deputy Executive Secretary (DES), collaborates with the Associate Programme Officer and will be under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary.

Responsibilities

The candidate will be supporting the Deputy Executive Secretary (DES) substantively and administratively by performing the following tasks:

1- Assists in substantive policy research and reviews related to the work of the DES, in the areas of: economic and social development, governance, and gender issues under the current context of the Arab region;
2- Assists in preparing background notes for meetings of the DES, missions and other substantive assignments;
3- Assists in identifying potential partners for cooperation;
4- Assists in writing concept notes and proposals for partnerships and funding;
5- Assists the DES in his internal meetings: prepares relevant documents; reviews documents, proposals produced by Publication Committee and Project Committee; sends invitations; takes minutes of meetings and produces meeting reports; follows up on activities;
6- Assists in other ad-hoc activities as instructed.

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 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.

Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

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 and 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.

Education

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the ESCWA Internship Programme:
1- Applicants are enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship;
2- Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages have completed at least our years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
3- The area of study of the prospective intern is related to the functional areas of ESCWA’s prgoramme of work and administration.

Work Experience

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

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit authorization of ESCWA.

A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduate 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

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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