Humanitarian Research
United Nations
vor 23 Std.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, duties may include but are not limited to lending support to projects and / or activities within the branch / Division of assignment.

The intern does not need to have a technology background, but rather a strong research background combined with a general interest in technology.

In particular, the intern will :

  • Undertake research to uncover and document milestones and interesting developments in the field of humanitarian information management over the past century.
  • Initial focus would be on the United Nations (and League of Nations) bodies, but could expand into the larger humanitarian sector if needed.

  • Search through physical archives and libraries of institutions such as the United Nations, the League of Nations, the Red Cross and the Geneva Library as part of the above outlined objective.
  • Interview experts who have worked in the humanitarian information management sector to help find and document key milestones and decisions in the sector.
  • Draft report(s) and / or presentations to tell the various stories and lessons learned that have been uncovered.
  • 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
  • Technological Awareness :

  • Keeps abreast of available technology
  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology
  • Education

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

    a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,

    b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

  • Interested candidates must be pursuing or pursued their degree in areas related to this Job Opening : Business Administration (General, Management or Computer Science);
  • International Relations; Policy Development; Management (General or Information Systems); Information Technology (Information Management, Information Systems, or Information Architecture, Information Systems);
  • Library or Archival Science, Geographical Information Systems, or a related field.

    In addition, interested candidates must :

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications including MS Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point);
  • 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 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

    No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in both English and French (both oral and written) is required.

    Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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