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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 225372
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Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : GENEVA
Department/Office : United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Date Posted : Jan 10, 2024
Deadline : Jan 22, 2024

Work Location
Expected duration
Minimum 3 months and maximum 6 months

Expected start date (01 February 2024).
Duties and Responsibilities
Org. Setting and Reporting

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 140 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 minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 months depending on the needs of each office and is designed to be full time and in person. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the to which they are assigned.


The two (2) internship positions are located in the Intergovernmental processes, Interagency
Cooperation Unit and Partnerships, UNDRR, Geneva.

-First Intern reports to the Inter-agency Cooperation Unit (IACU) and the
-Second Intern reports to the Group of 20 Unit (G20).

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations, meeting minutes, etc.

Support organization of meetings and workshops, side events, and assist in strengthening strategic engagement with UN system partners and interagency partnerships.

Provide logistical and administrative support during meetings and conferences in virtual and hybrid modalities.

Assist in collecting and systematizing information on disaster risk reduction practices and sustainable development issues, and in preparing briefing notes based on data analysis.

Support outreach and research activities related to disaster risk reduction related topics including nature-based solutions, humanitarian-development-peace nexus and others.

Provide support to policy development and preparing written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports, talking points and speeches.

Assist in maintaining databases, content of UNDRR partner workspaces, websites and mailing lists.

This internship is located in the Intergovernmental processes, Interagency Cooperation Unit and Partnerships, UNDRR, Geneva. The Intern reports to the Inter-agency Cooperation Unit .


COMMUNICATION: 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.

TEAMWORK: 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.
Qualifications/special skills
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, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent). or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
• Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work.
• Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• 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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for this internship.

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.

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