Org. Setting and Reporting
The Statistical Information System internship is for at least two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, depending on the needs of the division.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
The ESCAP Statistics Division is guided by the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, and by the work programme and the membership of ESCAP. Our mandates arise from a number of General Assembly, ECOSOC and ESCAP resolutions.
The core areas of the Division's work include implementing programmes for capacity building in statistics; collecting and analysing data on the region; and publishing statistical and analytical publications. We work closely with the ESCAP Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific and organizations that are part of national statistics systems in the region (national statistical offices are our main counterparts); the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; other United Nations entities; and with a large number of regional and international organizations
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following.
The incumbent will participate in one or more activities of the secretariat related to the development of databases to support statistical products.
Within delegated authority, the duties of the incumbent may include the following:
1. Assist in the development of components to improve the processing of data through the ESCAP Statistical Information System: automation of data compilation (through SDMX, JSON and related web services technologies); automation of calculation (R script, SQL); and automation of output production for printed publications: tables (Excel/VB Script) and charts (R script, Tableau)
2. Assist in the further development of the online data dissemination platform: development of dynamic data visualization components; development of GIS-based solution to disseminate statistical data; development of web pages mashing up text and database-driven tables/charts
3. Participate in the substantive servicing of expert group meetings, seminars and training workshops.
4. Perform other tasks as required.
Depending on the tasks performed, after the assignment the incumbent will be able to:
1. Gain practical knowledge in R development language, an open source software widely used in statistical work.
2. Gain practical knowledge in SDMX (XML-based technology) and other data exchange standards.
3. Gain a practical understanding of statistics in support of economic and social development.
•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.
•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
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
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.
- are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
- shall 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
- have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
A completed online application (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 or what have you studied)
• Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List of your top three areas of interest
• Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship
• Explanation of 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 large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
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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