Intern – Statistics, The United Nations

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Intern – Statistics, The United Nations 2016-10-15T05:48:01+00:00

Project Description

Responsibilities

The Statistics Interns will be responsible for the following duties in environment, energy or industrial statistics: Assists in designing, organizing, planning and managing the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of environment, energy or industrial statistics. Assists in developing, implementing and managing databases for environment, energy or industrial statistics. Assists in training and technical support on data collection programmes, country practices and other related information in environment, energy or industrial statistics. Assists in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications by performing methodological research in environment, energy or industrial statistics. Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports in environment, energy or industrial statistics. Assists in the organization of seminars, working groups and expert meetings in environment, energy or industrial statistics. Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • 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 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; 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.
    The intern is expected to:
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter; and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations New York Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (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 in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 2. Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Knowledge and experience in statistics, mathematics, economics, environmental sciences, environmental policy and management, computer science, or related area is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). 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 At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

A 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 from the programme)- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department (s).- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the various Branches within the Statistics Division (SD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), based in New York. Statistics Interns typically report to the head of a unit or to a Statistician. The DESA/SD internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. 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.

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