UN Internship – Political/Civil Affairs – Office Of The Special Envoy Of The Secretary-General On The Great Lakes Region

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This position is in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi. Nairobi is classified as a “B” hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to a designation Supervisor – OSESG-GL Nairobi. The duration of this Job Opening will be six (6) months only.

In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa. On 31 January 2014, two more countries, Kenya and Sudan, became signatories of the PSC Framework. The framework aims to help “address the root causes of conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence” in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region. In its Resolution 2098 (2013), the Security Council welcomed the signing of the PSC Framework. It called on the Special Envoy, in coordination with the Special Representative for the DRC to “lead, coordinate and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework, including through the establishment of benchmarks and appropriate follow-up measures”.

The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to “lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict”.

Under the overall guidance of the designated Supervisor, the Intern will:
• Conduct research on various issues, including political and security developments, human rights, economic and social developments, humanitarian issues in the Great Lakes region;
• Contribute to the preparation of concept notes, project proposals, weekly reports, background papers, briefing notes, Talking Points and other relevant documents;
• Provide support in the coordination and substantive servicing of meetings, including coordinating the participation of key stakeholders, contributing to the preparation of relevant documents and undertaking other related tasks;
• Support the preparation of presentations and other visual materials;
• Assist in the development of databases and other office management tools;
• Support the production of web stories and updating of social media; and
• Undertake other assignments as required.

Work Experience
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, exposure to political affairs and/or peacekeeping operations is an asset.
Applicants are required to be either a student enrolled in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or PhD program or equivalent. Applicants who recently completed their degree must be able to commence the internship within a year of graduation.
Applicants should be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship.
Applicants should have a field study closely related to the internship they are applying for.
Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required.
Knowledge in managing data using excel or other tools to collate and present data effectively is desirable.
Applicants should have a field of study closely related to the internship they are applying for is desirable.

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