Posting Title: INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: INTERN - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia Duty Station: BEIRUT Posting Period: 13 March 2019 - 31 December 2019 Job Opening Number: 19-Natural and Life Sciences-ESCWA-113261-J-Beirut (O) United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Organisational 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. 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. This internship is located within within the Technology for Development Division (TDD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The intern reports directly to the Director of TDD. Responsibilities Responsibilities of the internship position encompass all aspects of the work of TDD, namely the Science, Technology and Innovation, Knowledge Societies, Knowledge-based economies, Innovation for Development, ICT Policy and ICT for Development. The intern will be responsible for carrying out: 1 - Conducting research on issues relating to a range of topics, such as the Information Society, technology for sustainable development, Innovation for Sustainable Development, Science Technology & Innovation (STI), ICT policies, Internet Governance, Knowledge-based economies and TDD general areas of work; 2 - Drafting relevant content for posting on the website of the Organization, as well as its social media channels and performing quality control; 3 - Attending and taking notes at expert group meetings and workshops; 4 - Attending team meetings; 5 - Performs other duties assigned. Competencies Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; - listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and response appropriately; - asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; - tailors language, tone style and format to much the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 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 approporiate tasks; shows willingness to learn a new technology. Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; - offers new and different options to solve problems or meet clients needs; - promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; - thinks 'outside of 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 a client informed of progress or setbacks in projects; - Meets timeline for delivery of product or services to client. Education To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 1 - Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation; 2 - Be computer literate in standard software applications; 3 - Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and 4 - 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. 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 a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Assessment 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 A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:Apply Now
- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?);
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?);
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
- List your top three areas of interest;
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.