ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Posting Title: INTERN – ARCHITECT/ENGINEER, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN – ENGINEERING
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 25 July 2022 – 23 January 2023
Job Opening Number: 22-Engineering-ESCAP-185632-J-Bangkok (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
This intern position (Architect) is located at the Seismic Mitigation Project (SMP) Project Management Office within Division of Administration (DA) the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The intern works under the direct supervision of the Project Manager of the SMP for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of the division.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday) under the supervision of the Chief of SMP/DA and/ or a staff member in the Section to which they are assigned. For more information on terms and conditions of UN internship, please visit the UN internet site at (link)?viewtype=IP
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: 1. Space reconfiguration:
- Assist the SMP team to coordinates, analyses and advises on the planning, design and construction of all internal office space reconfiguration, related office moves as well as all space planning for the proposed and current office space at the UN ESCAP complex;
- Assist the SMP team to update the interior layouts;
- Assist the implement on drawings of the space reconfiguration; and
- Assist SMP team with furniture selection for new office space configuration.
2. Construction documents:
- Assist SMP team to coordinate the review process of construction drawings or related documents.
3. Communication, Outreach, and Change management:
- Supports the SMP team in their communication with clients and stakeholders, including providing guidance on information and training materials, making presentations to all staff and coordinating workshops;
- Assists the SMP team to develop communication products such as website, posters, promotional videos, motion graphics, newsletters, and social media platforms; and
- Helps preparing staff for the upcoming change in their ways of working, sensitizes staff on the Activity-Based workspace and provides necessary trainings;
4. Performs other duties as required.
The United Nations Core Competencies include: Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Teamwork: 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 & organising: 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.
Professionalism: 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. Training/experience in design software such as Adobe creative suite, AutoCAD, Revit, and BIM would be desirable.
To qualify for an internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: 1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
Preferably in the area of Architectural, Interior Design, Engineering, or Facilities management degree programme in a graduate school (second university degree or higher); or if pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an Architectural, Engineering, Facilities Management degree.
2. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications, including MS Suite (Word, Power Point, Excel), and AutoCAD.
3. Applicants must have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations.
4. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage. Thai language not essential although would be considered advantageous.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for interview.
REMOTE INTERNSHIPS (COVID-19) “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.”
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
In your online Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), IT skills, 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.
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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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