This position is located in the Geneva office of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) within the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peace Operations (DPO).
Established in 1997, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies and norms.
As a specialized service of the United Nations located within the Department of Peace Operations, UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS also responds to specific requests for support from the UN Secretary-General or designated official. For more information, please visit: https://www.unmas.org/en
Year after year, thousands of people are killed or injured by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. Many are disabled for life. The situation is particularly worrisome in protracted conflicts. UNMAS plays a key role in mitigating explosive hazards through clearance, stockpile destruction, risk education, victim assistance and advocacy. The Geneva office acts as its humanitarian hub and work with humanitarian organizations to integrate mine action in humanitarian responses and policies. It also coordinates the UN positions and statements in relation to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC), the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), Implementation Support Unit in Geneva of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and supports field operations with policy guidance.
UNMAS coordinates the Mine Action Area of Responsibility and is the ‘provider of last resort’ for mine action within the Global Protection Cluster led by UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The group is composed of UN agencies, NGOs and international organizations who work together to improve the impact and reach of mine action. The NGO Humanity and Inclusion (HI) co-coordinates the group at the global level.
The UNMAS/DPO Geneva internship is for six months. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Communication Team based in New York.
Duties of the intern include, but are not limited to:
- Assist in monitoring media coverage of mine action and international relations issues.
- Distribute relevant articles to key partners.
- Establish and maintain a mine action video library.
- Assist with media outreach.
- Assist in creating graphic-design related materials.
- Assist in advocacy and outreach activities to internal and external audiences.
- Research, compile, draft and edit basic information for use in the preparation and production of public information materials, including website content.
- Assist with the maintenance and help develop UNMAS Social Media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
- Assist in liaison with public information focal points in field programmes specifically related to generating multimedia public information materials.
- Assist in the preparation of outreach material such as talking points, correspondence and presentations.
- Events and website management, stocking and mailing public information materials.
- Performs other duties as requested by the supervisor.
- Very good attention to detail.
- Conceptual skills and ability to conduct independent research, identify issues and summarize diverse information.
- Shows pride in work and in achievements.
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.
- Remains calm in stressful situations.
- Good understanding of the UN's mission and organizational set-up.
- 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.
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.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Mater’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation?
Will you be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, health insurance and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?
Are any of your siblings, children or parents employed by the United Nations Secretariat?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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 you will be graduating from the programme).
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- List your top three areas of interest/department preferences.
- Explain why you are the best candidate for that specific department(s).
- Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
- Dates of your availability (Note: This is a full time internship for a period of 6 months).
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.