Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries.
Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNDRR has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices.
Specifically, UNDRR guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.
N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.
The internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of each office. The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the UNDRR Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAMC).
Responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
Duties may include, but are not limited to :
Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations etc.
Attend and summarize conferences and meetings.
Support organization of meetings and conferences, side events to strengthen strategic engagement with UN system partners.
Support the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) 2030 activities at regional level;
Support the MCR2030 Secretariat activities;
Support the sign-up process for the cities in the region;
Assist in collecting information about urban resilience good practices and tools;
Assist in printing materials for MCR workshops in the region;
Help to advocate for and monitor gender parity in all ROAMC organized events as well as those in which the regional office is involved;
Assist in providing overall communications’ inputs and key messaging surrounding the importance of a gender perspective in risk sensitive development.
Track women’s participation in regional and global Disaster Risk Reduction meetings and events
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
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
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations, 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);
be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening.
In addition, interested candidates must :
Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
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.
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 English is required for this internship.
Fluency in Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.