Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The Environmental team of the Facilities Management Unit, Division of Administration is looking for an intern for a period of six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.
ESCAP is striving to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in-house to be an actor of change and contribute to climate change mitigation. In 2018, ESCAP has established an Environmental Management System (EMS) to reduce its environmental footprint. The EMS covers several environmental areas such as energy, waste, water, travel and sustainable meetings. The UN Compound in Bangkok hosts about 2,000 UN staff. Their awareness on sustainable behaviors in the work environment will certainly be a catalyst towards achieving ESCAP environmental goals. The environmental sustainability team is thus looking for an intern to support with the development and implementation of staff awareness campaigns (graphic design and communication) for the entire UN compound in Bangkok. This work is part of the larger UN sustainability campaign “Greening the Blue”. The intern will work in an inspiring, proactive, and dynamic environment where creativity is key. The intern needs to have a graphic design study background to be able to develop elaborated graphic design products.
Under immediate supervision, the intern will assist in enhancing communications activities and engage in the in-house design production which includes:
-Assist in developing awareness campaigns by producing graphic material designing and communication content;
-create design products, such as Social Media graphics, infographics, and other visuals for campaigns, publications, conferences, events and meetings, in accordance with UN design standards and policies on schedule and delivered in a timely manner;
-Provide assistance in editing and creating design layouts for briefs, film videos, mix sound and audio-visuals;
-Assist in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating communication campaigns on social media platforms and using other tools provided by the UN team
-Help take photos of campaigns
-Attend environmental management meetings and other events
-Other activities upon request.
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services and is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
• Planning and 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:
• 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) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications and have an excellent knowledge of graphic design software and tools ;
• 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 includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written 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.
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/have graduating/graduated from the programme?);
• IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
• 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 online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Please note that due to the 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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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 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 the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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