Interns undertake tasks under the supervision of a legal officer of the Disciplinary Unit and/or the Appeals Unit of the Administrative Law Section. Interns assist in the preparation of advice on disciplinary matters, conduct legal research and analysis, and assist counsel in the preparation of written and oral submissions in connection with the representation of the Organization in proceedings before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal. They assist in maintaining the Unit’s databases and perform other duties as required.
Applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations. Applicants must have strong analytical skills and ability to conduct legal research on a range of relatively complex and intricate issues. In addition, the following competencies must be demonstrated: COMMUNICATION: Applicants must have the ability to write in a clear and concise manner, including ability to draft/prepare presentations, legal submissions and reports. Need to speak and write clearly and effectively. Must listen to others, correctly interpret messages from others and respond appropriately and is expected to ask questions to clarify, and exhibit interest in having two-way communication. TEAMWORK: Applicants need to have the ability to work effectively in a team with peers, as well as with supervisors in a multicultural environment and to work collaboratively with colleagues. PLANNING and ORGANIZING: The Administrative Law Section intern is expected to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identify priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required, allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work, and uses time efficiently.
Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (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 in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications; have demonstrated the 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required, and knowledge of French is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly 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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.