The position is located in the Africa Section of the Communications Campaigns Service in the Strategic Communications Division, and is for a period of three (3) months with an
opportunity for extension for an additional three (3) months depending on the needs of the department. The Africa Section highlights initiatives by Africa, the UN and the international
community agenda to promote the continent's development. The section produces Africa Renewal magazine, an authoritative magazine distributed to over 45,000 subscribers around
the world. We also maintain an online presence, including a website, social Media Platforms, and online newsletter providing African news and solutions-oriented content. We provide
external communications support to our designated clients, namely the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD),
and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). We disseminate Africa and UN-related content for publication to hundreds of media outlets around the world.
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.
Due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions the internship may be conducted remotely.
Duties may include the following:
Identifying, researching, drafting and editing content (text, photos, documents and multimedia) for online publication (website and social media)
Maintaining content on Africa Renewal Online website and other online presences according to established policies;
Creating and editing short videos for posting on social media and the website;
Contribute to strategies for more effective audience engagement
Assisting in archiving old editions of Africa Renewal magazine, converting some editions into PDFs;
Assisting in checking the website for broken pages or pages that are inconsistent with the design of the website;
Proposing new projects for the website and Social Media Platforms and identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
Monitoring the website and social media channel usage through the use of various statistical tools;
Media monitoring, fact-checking and related research work for Africa Renewal stories;
Maintaining and updating media and subscription mailing lists for the Section and assisting in distributing various information products;
Performing additional tasks that may be assigned by the Chief of the Section from time to time.
-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
-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
-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
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship
Programme, Department of Global Communications, applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme in journalism,
communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking, international relations or related field (second
university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a
first university degree programme in journalism, communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking,
international relations or related field (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have
graduated with a university degree in journalism, communication, media studies, digital communications, filmmaking,
international relations or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must
commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
2. Applicants must have strong writing skills
3. Be computer literate in standard Software Applications. Experience using social media platforms and data Analysis
4.Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
5. Have a demonstrated 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is highly desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed 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
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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