A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) if required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of top three areas of interest/department preferences
- Explanation why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience, IT skills, and three references.
Should there be a need for an intern that matches the applicant’s profile, the applicant will be contacted directly by the Division. Please note that due to the large number of applicants, Division are not necessarily in a position to reply to each request and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section internship is for a minimum of two months. Given the nature of work and the training given, it is preferable if candidates could organize their internship for at least 4 months, up to a maximum of 6 months. All supervisory staff have PhDs in Economics, and historically this internship attracted very high caliber candidates, who as part of this internship gained invaluable academic and applied skills.
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.
The Trade Policy and Facilitation Section is a busy and dynamic team within ESCAP. The section is involved in a wide variety of work which includes: research and analysis on issues related to trade, regional integration and development; providing training and capacity building on trade policy for policymakers and researchers; delivering advisory services to member governments on aspects of trade policy, including trade negotiations; organizing regional dialogues, meetings and fora. Much of our work is focused on the development needs of the region’s least developed countries and other countries with special needs.
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:
- Background research, literature reviews and drafting inputs on trade and trade-related issues (such as inclusive and sustainable development linkages to trade), including contributions to ESCAP publications
- Support for the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNeT), the UN Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) including work to improve research dissemination by various channels (e.g. social media, webpage)
- Monitoring and evaluation of regional trade agreements and maintaining the APTIAD database
- Data analysis on trade flows, tariffs, non-tariff measures trends
- Support for section events, including through the website and social media
- Logistical support for training events, conferences and meetings
- Other tasks as required by the work programme
Interns are encouraged to engage in topics of their own interest, and past interns, under the supervision of the professional staff, have published joint working papers and policy briefs.
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral command of English.
Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘client’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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 (first university degree, or second university degree or equivalent, or higher) 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 demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
- have demonstrated the 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;
- familiar with quantitative analysis will be an advantage.
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.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.