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INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -- ESCAP, BANGKOK

Posting Title:     INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Job Code Title:     INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office:     ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Duty Station:     BANGKOK
Posting Period:     01 January 2017 - 30 June 2017
Job Opening Number:     16-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-70933-P-Bangkok (A)

A complete 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 graduating from the programme)
- List the ICT skills and programmes (including courses/modules at University that you have successfully completed) that you are proficient in
- List your top three areas of interest (such as the link between ICT and disaster risk reduction)
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific preference.
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experience (if any), ICT skills and relevant University courses/modules, 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The IDD/ ICT and Development Section internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, if required by 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.

Responsibilities
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:
- Provide research assistance to members of the team on various issues related to ICT and development (various issues linked to ICT include disaster risk reduction, environment, education, gender, statistics, innovative technologies among others).
- Research, compile, process and present data on ICT for development in Asia-Pacific, including Countries with Special Needs (LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS). This may include using econometric and economic modeling approaches to assess the impact of ICT on development.
- Prepare updates for the ESCAP website on ICT indicators and other work of the Section.
- Carry out desk and library research on selected ICT and development issues. Prepare short drafts on specific issues as indicated by the supervisors.
- Conduct general research related to disaster risk management in the Asian and Pacific region, as well as on Space applications and development.
- Support the organization of inter-governmental meetings, which may include drafting memos, contacting meeting participants, creating spreadsheets, maintaining calendars, and other administrative tasks.
- Carry out other tasks as required by the Section and the Division.

Competencies
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
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 ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.

Education
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.

Work Experience
Applicants:
- are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
- shall be computer literate in standard software applications including skills in use of statistical software such as STATA;
- 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.

Languages
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.


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