The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia Office (ESCAP SSWA), based in New Delhi, is looking for a UN Intern for a minimum of two months with an opportunity for extension to up to six months.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.


UN ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia, New Delhi

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A UN Intern will work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of staff member(s) in ESCAP-SSWA which they are assigned to. ESCAP SSWA covers ten member States in South and South-West Asia, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

The work programme of ESCAP-SSWA covers analytical and normative work, policy support and advocacy, technical assistance and capacity building activities, along five priority areas, as per the mandate received from UNESCAP member States:

  • Inclusive growth, supporting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), structural change and job creation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, social protection, and sustainable development
  • Strengthening connectivity, trade and transport facilitation, and regional economic integration
  • Regional cooperation for food and energy security
  • Regional cooperation for disaster risk reduction
  • Assisting LDCs and LLDCs in implementation of the Istanbul and Almaty Programmes of Action.

A key mandate of ESCAP-SSWA is to support the countries in the subregion to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Learning Opportunities during the course of internship:

ESCAP-SSWA provides the UN intern with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of:

  • socio-economic challenges the subregion is facing in particular within the 10 countries served;
  • the processes of regional and multilateral cooperation;
  • mandates and operations of United Nations in developing countries in its efforts to provide policy advice, capacity building and platform for governments to create space for economic and political integration.

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Under immediate supervision, the UN intern is responsible for a small applied research project related to the implementation of the SDGs in the subregion. The topic of the project will depend on the intern’s background, skills and interest.

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Other duties may include undertaking the following:

  • Regular monitoring of relevant developments, policy trends and news articles related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in the subregion;
  • Monitor and collect details on national policies on selected sustainable development issues of ESCAP-SSWA member States

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  • Collect data, generate figures and tables, describe and analyze the tables and results to support ESCAP-SSWA staff in related research and analytical work
  • Attend conferences, seminars, meetings and other events and provide written highlights and briefing notes
  • Provide administrative, organizational and conference management support for ESCAP-SSWA events
  • Other activities upon request.

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The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.

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  • Planning & Organizing: Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments, and delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards

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To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  2. be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  3. have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

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Work Experience:

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme but shall be computer literate in standard software applications. Familiarity with econometrics and empirical data analysis methods and relevant software package (e.g. EViews, Stata, SPSS, and Python) is desirable. Data handling skills and skills in using spreadsheets, Excel is also an asset.

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APPLICATION PROCESS for UN Intern at ESCAP Subregional Office, New Delhi

Login/Register to your Inspira account & apply online through given link below.

Deadline: 30th November, 2018


OR search for the job online using the following job opening number: 18-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-98195-J-NEW DELHI (O)


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