INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION - SPAIN AND ANDORRA DESK Temporary
United Nations Secretariat (UN)
Department of Global Communications
Close on 29 Jan 2021
Location: Brussels (Belgium)
Grade: I-1, Intern
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

Internship for the Spain and Andorra Desk at the United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC).

UNRIC represents the United Nations Department of Global Communication in Western Europe, supports the United Nations agencies in Brussels and cooperates with the European institutions.
The Center is organized in nine geographic and thematic areas, covers 21 countries in Western Europe and works in 13 languages. The Spain and Andorra Desk works together with all the relevant agents of the socities of the two countries - public institutions, Government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media. Our mission is to inform and involve the Spanish and Spanish-speaking people on major themes and causes of the United Nations.

The Center produces communication materials, supports partners with communications campaigns and events organization and answers questions from the public on all matters related to the Organization and its campaigns.

The Internship lasts 6 months and takes place at the UNRIC office in Brussels. (The internship may take place remotely if sanitary conditions require it).
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the head of the Spain and Andorra Desk office. The intern reports to the Desk Officer.

Responsibilities

• Media monitoring; daily monitoring of the Spanish and Andorran press;
• Assisting with maintaining content on websites, official social media accounts and other official digital communication outlets;
• Assisting in organizing events in Belgium, Spain and Andorra;
• Contributing ideas to projects for enhancing the reach of official digital communication outlets, identifying opportunities to reach a wider audience;
• Monitoring the usage of website and social media accounts using analytics and other statistical tools and techniques;
• Perform other related duties, as required.

Competencies

Communication
• Speak clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
• Listen to others, understand them well and follow up as appropriate
• Ask questions to obtain clarification and facilitate dialogue
• Adapt the language, the tone, the style and the presentation to the target audience. Share the information with everyone it interests and keep everyone informed.

Teamwork
• Collaborate with colleagues to achieve the goals of the Organization
• Solicit contributions, appreciate each other's ideas and skills and be ready to learn from them • Put the interest of the team before personal advantage
• Accept and comply with the group's final decisions, even if they do not perfectly fit their own position
• Share the successes of the team and take responsibility for their failures

Creativity
• Actively work to improve programs or services
• Offer innovative solutions to solve problems or meet customer needs
• Promote new ideas and get others interested in them
• Take calculated risks by betting on formulas that are out of the ordinary; dare not to follow the beaten track
• Take an interest in new ideas and approaches
• Not being trapped in ready-made opinions and solutions

Education

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); (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 above);
- 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 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English and Spanish is required. Other languages spoken in Spain and Andorra are desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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