INTERN - Human Resources

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, New York, United States

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th March, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises. The Human Resources Section, within the Executive Office (EO) is responsible for human resources management in OCHA. It administers the recruitment and placement of staff, manages contracts, benefits and entitlements, reassignments and separations, and develops policy guidance.   

This OCHA EO Human Resources internship advertisement is to fill multiple internship positions on a rolling basis, throughout 2021. Selected interns will be expected to serve for a minimum period of two months, with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of OCHA and the availability of the selected candidate.

The intern will report to both the HR Business Solutions Team and the HR Policy and Strategy team.  The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned.


  • As part of OCHA’s wider efforts to reach gender parity and geographic diversity, targeting outreach is one of the strategies that will be utilized in 2021. The intern selected for this position will mainly work to support OCHA with talent outreach and recruitment support, within the HR Business Solutions Team. Daily responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Working with HR Business Partners to identify key priorities for a given vacancy and conduct the outreach.
  • Identifying suitable candidates and conducting direct outreach through networking platforms such as LinkedIn
  • Support with the organisation, administration of OCHA outreach activities and events.
  • Supporting OCHA’s representative at - and participating in - various Careers Fairs and outreach events.
  • Draft or support with drafting or preparing outreach communications material (FAQs, OCHA Careers Video, Outreach Presentations etc.)
  • Contribute to or preparing reports to capture the outreach efforts conducted and measure the impacts.
  • Support with screening of applicants for vacancy announcements.
  • Furthermore, depending on the needs of OCHA, the person selected for the internship may have opportunities to support with other projects and activities for the HR Business Solutions Team, the HR Business Partnering and Management Team, the HR Policy and Strategy Team.


  • For this internship, applicants are required to be enrolled in, or have recently graduated from a degree program with a specialization/focus on in human resources.

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications including Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams).  Familiarity with using networking platforms such as LinkedIn is desirable.

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.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Fluency in English is required for the internship. Fluency in French is desirable.  Fluency in Arabic is also desirable.


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