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The Urbanization & Development Section within the Gender, Poverty & Social Policy Division (GPSPD) is offering an internship for a maximum duration of six months. The Internship is located in the Urbanization & Development Section of GPSPD at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The UNECA is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. To find out more about UNECA, please go to www.uneca.org.
The GPSPD consist of three sections, namely: Social Policy Section; Urbanization & Development Section and the Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment Section. Urbanization & Development Section works towards the planning and management aspects of cities and human settlements; the nexus between urbanization and social issues such as migration, poverty, education and health; sustainable dimensions such as the environment, water, land and; economic dimensions such as infrastructure, industrial growth, urban transport and financing for housing.
The focus of this internship will be to assist the Urbanization & Development Section in its work on the economic, social and sustainable dimensions of urbanization.
Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Urbanization & Development Section and within delegated authority, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:
Assist with compiling information and undertake research on policy issues in relation to the economic, social and sustainable dimensions of urbanization, such as the linkages of urbanization and industrialization; energy; climate change; trade; gender; statistics, innovation; urban and rural linkages and; inclusive cities.
Support data collection activities
Undertake desk review of bibliographies for the section's reports and peer review documents
Assist with organizing and convening meetings, including attending to all relevant preparations
Perform other duties as might be assigned by the supervisor.
Ability to provide independent evaluations and analyze statistical data. Ability to prepare reports. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
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
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
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
Uses time efficiently
To qualify for an internship under the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1) Applications must meet one of the following educational 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) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
3) Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the United Nations Internship Programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the United Nations Internship Programme. Knowledge of another United Nations language will be considered an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (including Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
-Degree Programme (what are you currently studying?);
-Graduation date (when will you or when did you graduate from the programme?);
-List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
-List your top three areas of interest;
-Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
-Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme;
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all your past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Please note that this is an on-going advertisement until 10 March 2020. Successful candidates may be contacted at any time during the posting period or shortly thereafter.