Intern - Population Affairs, I (Temporary Job Opening) U.N.Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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  工作地點:New York

  截止日期:27 January , 2020


  Org. Setting and Reporting

  The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) /Population Division/Population Estimates and Projections Section internship is for two months with a possibility of extension to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Division.

  The internship is unpaid and full-time.

  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 Population Estimates and Projections Section (PEPS) analyzes past and future national demographic levels and trends for all countries of the world since 1950 and until 2100, is responsible for the preparation of the 2021 Revision of the World Population Prospects, and pursues methodological research on substantive issues related to the work of the Division.

  Interns learning opportunities:

  Interns will have opportunities to: broaden their experience and knowledge about international population issues; gain exposure to the work of the Population Division and related work in other UN agencies; broaden their understanding of current demographic issues globally; and be introduced to the functioning of United Nations bodies. Interns are integrated in the PEPS team, they participate and contribute to staff meetings and discussions, research issues, draft papers and reports, develop and maintain information databases, and provide support to other PEPS activities. Interns work under the supervision of PEPS’ staff. In addition, interns have an opportunity to attend lectures and other events in New York related to social and economic development as well as other UN-related issues.


  Under the general guidance of Population Affairs Officers in the Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, the intern will be responsible to provide support on the following:

  Assist with data compilation, analysis and desk research on demographic data from developing and developed countries both from aggregated summary tabulations and microdata;

  Assist in evaluating mortality age patterns computed from data collected in censuses and surveys;

  Assist in estimating levels and age patterns of adult mortality using information from vital registration and censuses;

  Assist in evaluating and applying models for the estimation and adjustment of mortality rates;

  Contribute to populating a database of empirical demographic data.

  The specific research topics will be defined based on discussion between the intern and the responsible officer and should be mutually beneficial for both the intern and UN.

  Upon completion of this internship, the intern will prepare a brief report and make a presentation to the Division on the experience gained, including discussion of potential research papers that could follow.

  The intern may also be asked to assist in the day-to-day work of the Division as needed. The intern is expected to familiarize him/herself, to a limited extent, with administrative work of the division and other tasks that are typical of UN organizations.



  -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

  Planning & Organizing:

  -Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies

  -Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required

  -Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work

  -Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning

  -Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary

  -Uses time efficiently

  Commitment to Continuous Learning:

  -Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession

  -Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally

  -Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates

  -Shows willingness to learn from others

  -Seeks feedback to learn and improve


  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) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

  - Be computer literate in standard software applications.

  For this internship, applicants should be pursuing their studies preferably in demography, population studies, human geography, applied statistics, and be computer literate in standard software applications. Proficiency with statistical software programming (e.g., R or Stata) is required, working experience with MS Excel is required, and familiarity with SQL server is desirable. Familiarity with population and vital statistics data and with demographic estimation methods are assets, but not prerequisite.

  - 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

  Work Experience

  Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.


  English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).


  Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

  Special Notice

  A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  The Cover Note must include:

  - Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)

  - Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)

  - List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.

  - List your top three areas of interest.

  - Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

  - Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

  In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

  Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.


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