Internship Opportunity at the United Nations in Lebanon in the Governance Affairs 2020
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Internship Opportunity at the United Nations in Lebanon in the Governance Affairs 2020

Lebanon 31 Dec 2020


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The United Nations offers an internship opportunity within the Governance, State-building Section, Emerging and Conflict-Related Issues Division (ECRI) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut for a period of two months, on a full-time basis - this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the respective Division. Interns will work under the supervision of a staff member for 35 hours over five days a week and reports directly to the Chief, Democratic Transition and State-building Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of ECRI.

Note: The Intern is responsible for all expenses related to the internship. ESCWA accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service.

Key Responsibilities:

The intern will be responsible for carrying out, but not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Conducts research and reference searches on issues relating to ECRI’s areas of work;
  • Assists in compiling, processing and working with Governance databases derived from a variety of sources;
  • Assists in the construction of Governance and reform indicators;
  • Surveys and prepares reports on the reform policies undertaken by countries afflicted by political transition and/or conflict;
  • Assists in preparing charts and tables and drafting content for inclusion in the outputs of the Division;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
    • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications, in particular, Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Note: This program does not require prior work experience.

Required Competencies:

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; 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; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with a final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  • 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.
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programs or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

The United Nations:

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the UN is guided by the purposes and principles contained in its Founding Charter. The United Nations has been supporting Yemen for 60 years and is working on development, humanitarian, and political issues.

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