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The internship is situated in the Human Resources department of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROSEN), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Dakar, Senegal. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for West and Central Africa, seeks to recruit interns for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department, tentatively starting as soon as possible in April/May 2023.
This internship can be carried out either in-person or remotely for part or the entire period of internship.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
For more information on the Regional Office for West and Central Africa, please visit https://www.unodc.org/westandcentralafrica/en/index.html.
Under the general supervision of the HR Assistant, the intern would be responsible for a full range of activities.
The intern provides assistance to HR services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The intern promotes a client-oriented and consistent with rules and regulations approach in the Unit.
The specific tasks may include:
- Assist with the hiring, onboarding and administration of interns and UN Volunteers;
- Assist in the update of Field Office Staffing Information;
- Provide support in the preparation of training workshops and meetings, including scheduling, review and preparation of materials, registrations, etc.;
- Participate in team meetings, prepare minutes and help to coordinate follow-up activities;
- Perform other duties to support the team, as needed.
- 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; 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 with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1) Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
- Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United 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.
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written French and English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional 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 the hiring manager for further assessment.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
A completed online application (Motivation Statement, Candidate Profile as well as proof of enrolment and/or graduation) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Motivation Statement must include:
- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate 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 general and this assignment in particular.
In your online Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Do not forget to attach your proof of enrolment or graduation.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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