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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 224648
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development)
Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Department/Office : Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Date Posted : Dec 26, 2023
Deadline : Jan 11, 2024

Work Location
New York
Expected duration
2-6 Months
Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) / Financing for Sustainable Development Office
(FSDO) internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the

For more information about the Office, please visit,

This internship is UNPAID and designed to be in person full-time and/or part-time. Depending on the situation of the successful candidates and the Hiring Office needs, the internship may also be conducted in a hybrid (in-person and remote) or a fully remote arrangement. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The position is located in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch (PADB) of the Financing for
Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

PADB conducts research and analysis across the financing for development action areas (e.g. sustainable
private finance, domestic public resources, international development cooperation, debt sustainability,
international financial architecture) and coordinates the annual Financing for Sustainable Development
Report, which provides a concise overview of progress in implementing the Financing for Development
outcomes and recommendations for Member States’ consideration.

The intern will support FSDO staff in their objective to provide effective secretariat support for sustained
follow-up within the United Nations system to the agreements and commitments reached at the
International Conferences on Financing for Development, as contained in the Monterrey Consensus, the
Doha Declaration on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, as well as financing for
development-related aspects of the outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits in the
economic, social and sustainable development fields, including the Sustainable Development Goals set out
in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

• Assistance in drafting and preparing the Financing for Sustainable Development Report of the Inter-
Agency Task Force on Financing for Development and its online annex
(, as well as other official documents
• Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
• Assistance during conferences with logistical and administrative arrangements
• Economic research
• Compiling statistics and data analysis
Qualifications/special skills
The United Nations Core Competencies include:


-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

The intern is expected to:

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 the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


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:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s
level or equivalent); or
(c) subject to review on a case-by-case basis, applicants within a few years from graduation who could
not apply earlier and who are in an early stage of their careers; as a first time entry into the workforce;
are changing careers or due to compelling family circumstances.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications.
• Field of study in economics or an economics-related field is desirable.


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 spoken and
written English is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of an additional official UN language
is an asset.

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