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Intern (Political Affairs - Office of The Executive Director)

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Job Description

The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) was established by Security Council resolution 1373 (2001), which was adopted unanimously on 28 September 2001 in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States The Committee, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world.

Under resolution 1535 (2004), the Security Council established the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) to assist the work of the CTC and coordinate the process of monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001).

Ms. Coninsx was sworn in on 6 December 2017 as Assistant-Secretary General and Director" id="link" class="link">Executive Director of CTED. The Executive Director is supported by the Office of the Executive Director (OED).

CTED comprises some 40 staff members, about half of whom are legal experts who analyze the reports submitted by States in areas such as legislative drafting, the financing of terrorism, border and customs controls, police and law enforcement, refugee and migration law, arms trafficking and maritime and transportation security.

CTED is divided into two sections: an Assessment and Technical Assistance Office (ATAO), which is further divided into three geographical clusters to enable the experts to specialize in particular regions of the world, and an Administrative and Information Office (AIO).

CTED internships are for three months with the opportunity for extension up to six months, pending on the needs of the Executive Directorate, and availability of the candidate.

The Intern will be part of the Office of the Executive Director.

Interns work five days a week under the supervision of a staff member in the Office to which they are assigned.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Special Assistant of the Assistant-Secretary-General, Executive Director of CTED, the Intern may be responsible for the following duties: •Proactively contributing suggestions and ideas that will add value to CTED Office of the Executive Director; •Assisting in preparing background notes, talking points for meetings, missions and other events attended by the Executive Director; •Attending and taking notes at meetings, conferences and other events; assisting in the preparation of summaries and reports of discussions; analyzing issues of concern raised by relevant stakeholders in the area of counter-terrorism; •Attending and taking notes at meetings, conferences and other events where the Executive Director participates in; assisting in the preparation of summaries and reports of discussions; analyzing issues of concern raised by relevant stakeholders in the area of counter-terrorism; •Assisting in gathering, selecting and analyzing data contained in communication and publications received from different sources, including the UN meetings, reports of international and regional organizations, and the press.

•Reviewing, translating, and editing documents as required; •Attending and preparing notes of events where the Executive Director participates in; •Conducting research on topics relevant to CTED’s mandate and prepare research documents; •Assisting in compiling CTED’s monthly newsletter; •Assisting the Special Assistant in her activities to support the Executive Director; •Assisting in preparing documents needed for setting up arrangements for the organization of CTC/CTED meetings, workshops and seminars.

•Taking on other special projects as assigned.

On completion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained: •An excellent understanding of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, and its Executive Directorate, including structure, and mandate; •Writing and communication skills; •Developed professional competencies in an international context.


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


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in the areas of political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, Conflict Resolution or related area; (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

In addition: •Applicants must have studies in a relevant field of study in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area.

•Be computer literate in standard Software Applications; •Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and· •Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

•Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

•Applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experiences in their application, as well as interests, skills and knowledge in the areas indicated in the job opening


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship.

Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Should there be a need for an intern who matches the profile above, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Directorate.

Please note that due to the large number of applicants, the Directorate would not be in a position to reply to each application. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration if required.

Special Notice

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/ have graduated from the programme?) •IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.

•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

•Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, specifically at CTED.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to Covid-19, the internship will be conducted on remote basis.

Due to the 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.

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.

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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