The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system in Kuwait aims to bring together the different UN agencies to contribute to the realization of New Kuwait Vision 2035 by aligning results to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the country level. The RC leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) and is the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely in partnership with Kuwait governments, the RC and country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
The internship is for six months at maximum and UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the direct supervision of the Head of the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) and will be under the overall supervision of the RC.
The intern will be involved in carrying out the following tasks:
Provides inputs on evidence-based SDG Analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development challenges and opportunities, with particular focus on the four areas of the UNCT’s Covid-19 response plan, including (1) socioeconomic resilience, (2) protection of vulnerable, (3) education and Continuous Learning and (4) health and wellbeing;
Provides inputs on socioeconomic trends to inform system-wide planning efforts that the SCF 2020-2025 and the UNCT Common Country Assessment (CCA) are revised to respond to the potential impact and new risks originated from the twin crisis, including COVID-19 and the fluctuation of global oil prices;
Supports identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmes of UN entities in line with the UNSCF 2020-2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
Supports drafting of inputs to presentations and project documents as well as assists in the organization of meetings;
Performs other duties assigned.
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. Proficient in MS office applications and analytical software (e.g. STATA).
To qualify for the UN internship, the following conditions must be met:
1.Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
-be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
-be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
-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 UN 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Nonetheless, experience in sustainable development or related area would be an advantage.
English and French are the working languages of the UN. Arabic is also a working language of the RCO. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted for the interview. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 - 6 months. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that start and end dates are flexible:
• Fall (September to December)
• Winter/Spring (January to April)
• Summer (May to August)
Your application for this internship must include:
A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme); List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using; and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
The Intern must be able to manage his/her own entry visa in Kuwait (if from outside Kuwait). The office does not provide visa facilitation nor pay any expanses for the Intern to come to Kuwait. However, “work from home” modality can be accepted, case by case, depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country.
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Other Skills and Requirements
Candidates for our internship positions are not required to have professional experience, though it can be an advantage if you have interests, skills and knowledge in the areas below:
SGD / Agenda 2030
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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