Social Sciences Internship at Economic Commission for Africa

The Internship is located in the Office of Director of the Social Development Policy Division (SDPD) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The internship is for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the Director. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. The intern will work for five days per week under the supervision of the Director.

The Social Development Policy Division consists of three sections, namely, the Social Policy, Urbanization and Gender Sections, which cover social thematic areas such as social protection, employment, demography, youth, ageing, migration, health, disability, and urbanization, while the gender component is mainstreamed across all areas of work.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

•Assist the Director with managing the work schedule and follow up with sections on tasks assigned by the Director;
•Assist with work across all sections including compiling information, collecting data, undertaking analysis, developing briefing notes and proof reading documents when required;
•Assist with organizing and coordinating meetings, workshops, conferences, and preparing coverage reports;
•Assist with developing press releases, and generating and disseminating materials on social media;
•Perform other duties assigned by the Director to ensure the delivery of the Division programme of work.

Competencies

Communication:

•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.

Teamwork:

•Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
•Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and 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 and 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.

Education

To qualify for an internship under the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1) Applications must meet one of the following educational 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;
2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;
3) Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the United Nations Internship Programme.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018.

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