GENEVAI-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

The internship is for a duration of 3months, with a possibility of extension to 6 months, over the period January – February 2019. KINDLY NOTE THAT THIS TEMPORARY JOB OPENING IS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF AN INTERNSHIP WITH THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE. The Internship Programme is guided by Administrative Instruction ST/AI/2014/1 of the United Nations issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Management. Interns are considered type I gratis personnel. They are not staff members. The United Nations does not financially remunerate interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage and provide a medical certificate of good health. The United Nations is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship. Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


This internship is located in the Cooperation and Partnerships Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of the Economic Commission for Europe based in Geneva.


Under the supervision of the Secretary of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies, the intern will contribute to the activities carried out by the Market Access Section and will be asked to:

Provide organizational and substantive support to the implementation of activities envisaged in the work programme of the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence by performing the following tasks:

1. Assist to the development of international PPP standards in a number of sectors;

2. Assist in the preparation of background and other materials as part of the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence;

3. Contribute to the preparation of the UNECE PPP e-Newsletter;

4. Contribute to the preparation of capacity-building activities in countries with economies in transition;

5. Conduct research on topics related to PPPs;

6. Update PPP contacts database:
• Identify relevant contacts;
• Contact countries to obtain updated information;
• Update the database;
•Refresh the web-page.

7. Assist in the preparation and servicing of the annual session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (March 25-27, 2019) and the preparation of the International PPP Forum (May 6-8, 2019);

8. Assist in the servicing of other meetings and carry out other tasks in the Section as necessary.


-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

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


No professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme. Demonstrated interest and practical experience in communications activities, including through voluntary work, civil society organizations or other internships, is desirable.


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; 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset.


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