Internship Opportunity, United Nations in Geneva

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Internship Programme at the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations system in Geneva

The JIU, the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide, is currently accepting applications for internships with the Unit from candidates who can intern for a minimum of four months and a maximum of six months (preferable) starting in February, March and April 2013. Candidates interested in interning at a later period are also encouraged to apply. For more information on the JIU, please visit

Description of general internship duties:
Interns at the JIU are assigned to one or two review teams and work under the direct supervision of the Evaluation and Inspection Officer(s) and under the overall guidance of the Inspector(s) in charge of the review. They are expected to perform tasks similar to those required from a research assistant, including in-depth desk research and analysis, data collection, assisting in the preparation of inception papers, contributing to the design of questionnaires and interview guides, organizing and analyzing responses and other supplementary information received from participating organizations and preparing the relevant tables, graphs and charts, participating in interviews and video-conferences as note-takers and assisting in preparing the relevant minutes, contributing to the logistics required to organize missions and interviews within the context of the project and assisting in all tasks related to the drafting and finalization of the report.

General requirements + conditions of the JIU internship program:

- Candidates must be enrolled in a graduate degree program (no exceptions will be made);
- Advanced qualitative and quantitative desk (web-based) research skills, preferably at the graduate level;
- Excellent drafting and editing skills in English; knowledge of French is a plus.
- As per UN Secretariat policy, all internships are unpaid and no benefits are provided whatsoever;
- Interns must be willing to commit full-time for the entire duration of their internship. Regular work hours are 9am-6pm Monday-Friday;
- All materials to which interns have access to during the course of their internship is treated as confidential and cannot be shared outside the JIU; subsequently, interns cannot base their Masters/Doctoral thesis on topics that they had worked on as part of their JIU Internship; nor can they use information received for personal publications, blogs etc.

All incoming interns are issued with a Terms of Reference prior to the start of their internship that outlines their specific work responsibilities.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should email the following documents and information to the JIU’s internship coordinator:

1) A completed copy of the JIU internship application (attached) which can also be downloaded from the following webpage:

2) A brief cover-letter stating how the candidate’s academic/professional background would form a good fit for the JIU internship.
3) A research paper drafted in English (not a collective group paper nor one edited by someone else).
4) The exact period for the candidate is available to intern i.e. starting date and end date (keeping in mind the four month minimum commitment requirement);
5) Current contact information (phone, email) including skype id name in case the candidate is selected for an interview.

The abovementioned documents should be emailed to: