ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Posting Title: INTERN – Graphic Design, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN – PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 01 September 2022 – 30 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-ESCAP-189829-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 inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration 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.
The internship programme is for a duration of at least three months with the possibility for extension up 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).
This internship is located in the Programme Planning and Budget Section (PBS) of the Strategy and Programme Management Division (SPMD). The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Assistant, and under the overall supervision of the Programme Planning Officer.
This internship opportunity offers: Insight into the programme of work of the United Nations, in particular ESCAP, and exposure to a multicultural work environment.
Among the programmatic and budgetary management of ESCAP, the Programme Planning and Budget Section contributes to the development and maintenance of monitoring tools and dashboards for tracking progress on implementation and the results of the ESCAP programme of work. Currently, the tool and the dashboard run on MS-technology (SharePoint, PowerApp, and PowerBI). This internship is to contribute to the upgrade of the monitoring tool using alternative technology.
Daily responsibilities will vary and depend on the individual’s background. They include but are not limited to:
- Review and provide input on the design of the monitoring tool and the dashboard;
- Assist in creating website layouts/user interfaces by using standard HTML/CSS practices including font styles and size, frames, layers, and navigations;
- Prepare mockup layouts/designs based on an agreed concept;
- Propose icons, backgrounds, colour schemes and develop graphics that mold on the layouts
- Perform other duties related to the work of the Programme Planning and Budgeting Section, as required.
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; 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 and 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.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
The applicant to the programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: (a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
(b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
Have a demonstrated ability in web design and graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Piktochart and Canva is desirable.
Knowledge of data visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BI, or Qlick is considered an advantage.
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. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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 complete online application (Cover Note and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note should include:
- Title of degree you are currently pursuing or have obtained
- Graduation date (when will you be graduating or when did you graduate from your programme)
- List of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
- List of your top three areas of interest
- Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
- Explanation of your interest in the United Nations internship programme
In your Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), IT skills, and three references.
Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates 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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