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Trainees INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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Job Title: INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I

Department/ Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Duty Station: BEIRUT

Posting Period: 28 August 2012-7 January 2013

Job Opening number: 12-SCI-ESCWA-24997-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 ICT Application Section, Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The intern reports directly to the Chief, ICT Application Section, and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of ICTD.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the internship position encompass all aspects of ICTD’s work: Information Society, Knowledge Society, ISPER and EGMs. The intern will be responsible for carrying out, but not limited to, the following tasks:

•Conducting research on issues relating to the Information Society, Knowledge Society, ICT for Development, and other areas relating to the economic and social impact of ICT;

•Assisting in the compilation of ICT indicators including collection, consolidation, and data entry into divisional systems under the supervision of the section;

•Drafting relevant content for posting on the divisional portal (ISPER) and performing quality control;

•Attending and taking notes at Expert Group Meetings (EGM) and workshops; and

•Attending team meetings.

In addition, the intern will undertake any additional tasks deemed necessary by his/her supervisor.

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.

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.

Technological Awareness - Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

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 in any of the following areas: Information and Communication Technology, Engineering, Maths, Statistics, Economics or Business Administration;
2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree. The intern will be required to present a proof of enrollment.
3. The area of study of the prospective intern is related to the functional areas of ESCWA’s programme of work and administration.

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. Arabic is also is a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic 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
- 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

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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