UNESCO recognizes the importance of having a highly talented, skilled and committed workforce, which is empowered and supported by an organizational culture and environment that enables staff to grow, be creative develop and realize their potential within a secure, inclusive, modern, and flexible working environment. To achieve the Organizational goals, the Bureau of Human Resources Management strives to attract and retain the very best of talent, provide innovative learning, career development and mobility opportunities to allow staff to reach their full potential, encourage and reward excellence, creativity, and high performance.
The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and support the overall work of Bureau’s mission. Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment. Specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the agreement.
The work entrusted to interns falls under one or more of the following categories as per the requirements/needs of each team.
Contribute to the production/preparation of documents, working papers, and conceptual framework/concept notes on area of work or development challenges.
Collect, organize and analyze data.
Assist in the development of technical support in the development of new interventions or projects.
Undertake research and reviews to produce parts of documents, presentations etc..
Contribute to the preparation of communication materials
Participate in meetings and seminars.
Provide administrative and logistical support in the planning and organization of briefings, information sessions, workshops and other similar activities
It is expected that the assignment will provide the intern with the opportunity to develop skills in some of the specific domain of Human Resources depending on the assignment, and in areas such as:
Carry out data analysis and data presentation
Understand project management in the context of an international organization.
Gain insight into the development and dissemination of communication materials
Strengthen verbal and written communication skills, including through participating in meetings and presentations.
The intern will also gain an understanding of the overall work of UNESCO and be given an opportunity to develop soft skills of the UNESCO Competency Framework, such as teamwork, flexibility, results-focus and client-focus.
At the time of your application to the internship programme:
You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor's degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.
Applicants in secretarial/assistant or technical/professional assignments must be enrolled in a secretarial school or in a specialized technical/professional institution, and must have reached the last year of their studies, or have recently graduated (within the last 12 months) from their school or institution.
You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the Headquarters.