OICT - Office of Information and Communications Technology

OICT New York

Posting Title: INTERN – INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: INTERN – INFORMATION SYSTEMS & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Department/Office: Office of Information and Communications Technology

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 19 September 2022 – 30 December 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-OICT-188833-J-New York (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Front Office of the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT). The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Special Assistant to the Chief Information Technology Officer.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Onsite presence is highly desirable, however, we consider hybrid of remote work as well. Interns work five days per week (35 hours), with supervision and support of a staff member. We also consider part-time internships.

Responsibilities

Our interns work as full members of our team, pursue projects that are designed to make a significant difference in the whole department, and have opportunities to learn about the United Nations overall. We offer internship opportunities in three broad areas.

Interns are sought who have skills matching one or more of the below areas and are sought on a continual basis.

DATA ANALYTICS

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development corporate visualization solutions derived from multiple data sources using state-of the-art tools to enable insight and decision-making at various levels
  • Support the development of data models, including performance measures, to enable scorecard analysis
  • Build interactive dashboards and reports, using corporate analytics applications
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis and present results in a clear manner
  • Work with MS Power BI, Tableau or other similar self-service analytics toolsets
  • Work with relational databases such as SQL Server or other databases
  • Support geo-spatial analysis and geographic information systems such as ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, Leaflet, Carto or Open Street Map
  • Work with analytical techniques such as sentiment analysis, predictive analysis or social media monitoring

DATA STRATEGY

Responsibilities

  • Understand and support OICT on the implementation of the Secretary General’s Data Strategy
  • Coordinate with multiple stakeholders to schedule meetings, gather feedback, and keep meeting minutes
  • Support and update the list of data strategy use cases, fill out relevant documentation
  • Coordinate and support data training and seminar activities as needed
  • Perform ad-hoc analysis and present results in a clear manner
  • Support data analytics or data policy
  • Work with Microsoft Outlook and other desk-top applications
  • Work with MS Power BI, Tableau or other similar self-service analytics toolsets

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS

Responsibilities:

  • Understand and support OICT’s implementation of the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy
  • Coordinate with multiple stakeholders to schedule meetings, gather feedback, and keep meeting minutes
  • Support and update the list of data strategy use cases, fill out relevant documentation
  • Coordinate and support data training and seminar activities as needed
  • Support data analytics or data policy

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
  • Customizes language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

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

Education

We are open to a broad range of educational backgrounds. Typically, our interns are pursuing studies in the following areas: International Affairs, Information Policy or Law, Information and Data Strategy, Social Sciences, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Systems / Technology, Economics, Machine Learning, Data Visualization and Analytics, Web Analytics, Graphic Design, Web Design, User Interface Design, Human-computer Interaction, Digital Marketing or a relevant field.

Please note that to qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent)

Work Experience

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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

Special Notice

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. For internships in the United States of America, interns who are not United States citizens, permanent residents or not currently in the United States on a non-immigrant visa status will be required to obtain a G-4 visa. If already in the United States of America on another non-immigrant visa status other than G-4, interns will be responsible for ensuring that they have a valid visa, and if required, employment authorization, allowing them to undertake the internship.

Please Note That Start and End Dates Are Flexible

We recruit interns throughout the year for assignments of at least 3 months with the possibility of extension. In your cover note, please indicate when you would like to start your internship.

  • Fall (September to December)
  • Winter/Spring (January to April)
  • Summer (May to August)

In Your Cover Note, Please Indicate Which Work Stream You Are Interested In

Internships with us focus on one or several of the following areas:

  • Data Analytics
  • Data Strategy
  • Communication and Outreach

The Cover Note Must Include

  • Degree Programme (What are you currently studying)
  • Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme)
  • List the skills and programmes that you are proficient in
  • List your top three areas of interest.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

In your application, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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