The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system in Kuwait aims to bring together the different UN agencies to contribute to the realization of New Kuwait Vision 2035 by aligning results to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the country level. The RC leads the UN Country Team (UNCT) and is the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely in partnership with Kuwait governments, the RC and country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
We are looking for a bright and talented intern to join our team. The internship is for six months of full-time modality and UNPAID. Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of the Economist in the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO).
The intern will be involved in carrying out the following tasks:
Provides inputs on evidence-based SDG analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development challenges and opportunities, with particular focus on the key development areas, including socioeconomic resilience, protection of vulnerable, education and continuous learning, health and wellbeing and climate action;
Provides inputs on socioeconomic trends to inform system-wide planning efforts that the UNSCF 2020-2025 is designed to respond to the potential impact and new risks originated from the twin crisis, including COVID-19 crisis and the fluctuation of global oil prices;
Supports identification, analysis and prioritization of joint programmes of UN entities in line with the UNSCF 2020-2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond;
Supports drafting of substantive inputs to policy briefs, presentations and project documents as well as assists in the organization of meetings with its meeting minutes drafted;
Performs other duties assigned.
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.
Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
The education eligibility for the UN RC internship is as follows:
1. Must be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) in economics, economic development, public administration, finance, MBA and other related fields; or
2. Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent) in economics, economic development, public administration, finance, MBA and other related fields.
In addition, the candidate must:
1. Be computer literate in standard software applications;
2. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and
3. 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. For this position fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
RC Office Kuwait will review applicants and contact only short-listed applicants for interviews and/or other types of assessments.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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