The Trade, Investment and Innovation Division’s Investment and Enterprise Development Section internship is for three (3) to six (6) months depending on the needs of the division.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The Investment and Enterprise Development Section deals with policy issues relating to: the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; promotion and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI); national and International Investment Regulations, policies and agreements; and promotion of sustainable business practices in Asia and the Pacific region.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, and the direct supervision of one of the Economic Affairs Officers of the Section, the intern will:
Assist in the preparation of analytical studies in the overall areas of: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Sustainable Business Practices / Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the integration of small and medium size enterprise (SME) into global value chains, national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, and/or other relevant areas of substantive research. The intern will also participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section.
Related activities may include: 1.Assist in analytical and background research relating but not limited to: FDI, national and international investment regulations, policies and agreements, sustainable business practices, enterprise development, regional and global value chains, policy and regulatory frameworks, Access to Finance for SMEs, inclusive business development and sustainability, etc.
2.Conduct quantitative data analysis, basic economic modeling and database updates of FDI statistics 3.Assist in project planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programme initiatives 4.Assist in the organization of workshops and forums 5.Collaborate in the development of web content and webpage design 6.Assist in the drafting of reports of meetings.
7.Assist in engagement of the business sector, in particular assisting to organize meetings of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and the Asia-Pacific Business Forum 8.Participate in day-to-day operational tasks of the section. This may include, for example servicing requests for information; support for developing presentations; updating of websites and databases; etc.
9.Present on the work undertaken during internship, or on related research work, at an internal brown bag seminar.
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 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 technologyEducation
Applicants to the United Nations Internship Programme must at the time of application 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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
REMOTE INTERNSHIPS: NOTICE (Remote Internships): In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include: - Title of degree you are currently pursuing - Graduation Date - List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in - List of top three areas of interest/department preferences - Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.
Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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