UN Commissions

Intern (Public Information)

UN Commissions

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD) Internship is for minimum of three months, with a possibility of extension up to six months, if required by the Division.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Division or Section to which they are assigned.

Interns will gain first-hand experience with regard to the United Nations ESCAP activities in the area of strategic communications, digital outreach and public information. They will also gain a greater understanding of how the ESCAP works and its range of activities in the Asia-Pacific region.


The internship is centred on assisting ESCAP Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division in dissemination of various publications and events of the division, including developing a strategic communication plan and implementing digital outreach to raise the impact of the Division’s publications and events. The following responsibilities can be adapted, as appropriate, to fit each intern.

• Assist in drafting and editing content for public information materials, including press releases, newsletter articles, blogs and social media;
• Assist in producing social media plans and campaigns, as well as explore more potential digital outreach initiatives to raise online visibility of the flagship publication;
• Produce various multimedia materials for online and offline products, including infographics, motion graphics, short videos, publication covers, presentation templates and event flyers;
• Prepare professional presentation slides to be used to promote the work, projects, and activities of the division;
• Assist in video production including shooting and editing videos, mixing sound and animating slideshows, if required;
• Assist in the organization and execution of the launch of publications and events;
• Provide background research for public information materials;
• Participate and provide support in division- and ESCAP-organized events, working with key internal and external stakeholders;
• Support the development of funding proposals and donor scoping for potential projects;
• Initiate and carry out assigned tasks/special projects.

Advertisement Competencies

The United Nations Core Competencies include:

· 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; and 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; and 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; and meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

Optional Competencies:
· Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; and uses time efficiently

· 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; and is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches

· Technological Awareness: Is aware of and educated in the use of software tools (e.g. PowerPoint, Canva, other graphics Design software); applies technology tools to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology and to share insights on new technologies with the team to support public awareness of division accomplishments and projects; and understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the division

Advertisement Education

Applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
Have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Studio and Canva is desirable.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying is desirable.

Interest in planning and executing advocacy campaigns is desirable.

Interest in the promotion of services to clients and customers is desirable.

Ability to write text for marketing and promotional materials is desirable.

Ability to interact well with people of various social and cultural backgrounds in an occasionally stressful environment is desirable.

Ability to manage your time and priorities to ensure timely completion of assigned tasks, which are often time-sensitive is desirable.

Being comfortable working as part of a larger team is desirable.

Having familiarity with the current world events is desirable.

Have knowledge in social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (Covid-19): 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 United Nations 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 candidate 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 design/video editing programmes that you are proficient in
- Provide a link to samples of your previous written and multimedia work
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship (include qualifications/competencies)
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
- Indicate your available period for the internship, i.e. when and for how long

In your candidate profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), 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.

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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