Political Affairs Intern (Knowledge Management): Working on policy matters related to preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Administration, Innovation and Knowledge Management, Peace and Security, Security
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Work Location
Flexible (Hybrid, all remote, or in-person)
Expected duration
3 – 6 months
Duties and Responsibilities
The duration of the internship is for three (3) months with a possibility of extension. This internship is UNPAID in person and full-time (35 hours per week), on the United Nations premise working arrangement from (New York, USA). This internship is designed to be full-time and in-person but can be adjusted based on the needs of the successful candidate to part-time (20 hours per week) and/or remote. This internship is located in the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Knowledge Management Unit (KMU), Knowledge Management and Strategic Support Section (KMSSS) of the UNOCT Policy, Knowledge Management and Coordination Branch (PKMCB), and is offered both in-person at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and remotely. PKMCB is responsible for: providing strategic counter-terrorism policy advice and analysis on country/regional engagement and key thematic issues; drafting and coordinating the preparation of reports of the Secretary-General on counter-terrorism, as mandated by the General Assembly and the Security Council; promoting coordination and coherence in the counter-terrorism and PVE work of the United Nations system; developing and strengthening relations with Member States, and partnerships with international, regional and sub-regional organizations, including civil society organizations; supporting relevant intergovernmental processes as mandated, including the biennial review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; and supporting the conceptualization, planning and organization of major UNOCT policy events. KMSSS supports the overarching aims of PKMCB in providing policy leadership on the counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism (CT/PVE) mandates entrusted by the General Assembly to the Secretary-General, as well as enhancing coordination and coherence on CT/PVE to the UN system. The Section responds to the Office’s Strategic Goal 1 to Foster further unity and collaboration within the United Nations against terrorism by working to foster common and united positions on terrorist threats and CT/PVE responses across Member States, United Nations entities, civil society and other key stakeholders. KMU directs, coordinates and translates CT/PCVE knowledge, including trends, developments and substantive expertise, to guide and inform senior leadership and UNOCT programming functions, to promote a whole-of-UN approach in CT/PCVE to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication of our work, and to enhance a culture of learning and knowledge sharing to provide a robust foundation for evidence-based policy and programming actions and meaningful impact. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the policy leadership functions of the Office of Counter-Terrorism to the United Nations system. The Intern reports to a Political Affairs Officer, under overall guidance from the Senior Political Affairs Officer and Chief of the Section. UNOCT was established to: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates entrusted to the Secretary-General from across the United Nations system; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact (former CTITF) entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counterterrorism across the United Nations system and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy. Responsibilities The intern is expected to work five days per week, full time from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. within the Office of Counter-Terrorism, carrying out his/her tasks under the supervision of a staff member – the supervisor. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the department to which he/she is assigned and the period during which he/she will undertake the internship. The intern is expected to perform various activities and will work on policy matters related to preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism conducive to terrorism while experience in data management and knowledge management is highly desirable for this position. Tasks include: • Assist in the preparation of the knowledge management products. • Keeps abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and in particular in the field of data management and knowledge management. • Assist in developing and maintaining databases. • Assist in drafting and preparing background documents, reports, issue briefs, talking points, articles, presentations, slide decks, etc. • Attend and summarize conferences and meetings. • Support the review of key reports and publications. • Performs other related duties as required. The intern will be expected to complete the following deliverables by the end of the internship: 1. Maintain the SitRep dashboard database up-to-date by uploading relevant data on a weekly basis. 2. Support the work of an informal Working Group on data in CT/PCVE. 3. Deliver at least 5 presentations during KMSSS weekly section meetings on a key thematic issue related to CT/PCVE and/or knowledge/data management, and prepare at least 5 readouts/daily updates following participation in relevant meetings/briefings/webinars. 4. Support the update of the Repatriation Repository, including its dedicated dashboard and database. • Performs other related duties as required.
Qualifications/special skills
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); (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent). Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work. experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required. 2 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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
Additional Information
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Applicants who have previously served six months, in total, as an intern in one or more UN Common Systems cannot be engaged as an intern. Applicants who are children, siblings, and sons or daughters-in-law (including stepchildren, half-siblings, or stepsiblings) of an active staff member in a UN Common System cannot be engaged as an intern. In your Motivational Statement, please indicate when you would like to start your internship. Please note that the start and end dates are flexible. A complete online application is required. reviewed. The Motivational Statement must also include: • Title of degree you are currently pursuing. • Graduation Date (When will you be graduating/have graduated from the programme?) • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Intern Specific text
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.
No Fee
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