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Internship in Humanitarian Affairs
|Location :||Panama city|
|Application Deadline :||21-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||Spanish|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months with a possibility of extension to 6 months|
Organitazional Setting and Reporting: The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat Department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. This job opening announcement broadcasts multiple internship opportunities situated within OCHA-Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) branches. The intern, under the general guidance and supervision of a Panama-based supervisor, shall be assigned within the Operations and Advocacy Division (OAD).
This internship will be based in Panama City, Panama and the intern will be under the general and direct supervision of a Humanitarian Affairs Officer. The internship is being offered fro a period of three (3) months with a possibility of extension up to a maximum period of six (6) months.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will support OCHA in fulfilling its mission to coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. In general, the intern shall support OCHA in fulfilling mandated activities and projects in the respective area of assignment. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual´s background and duties may include but are not limited to assisting with the design and preparation of studies on humanitarian, disaster emergency relief and other related issues and in various follow-up activities; researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues; assisting with the preparation of various written documents, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, etc.; assisting with the maintenance of reference/resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues; assisting in the organization of meetings, seminars, conferences, work-shops, etc., and serves as note-taker to such events; maintains awareness of current humanitarian affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender considerations or other developments in specific subject area and/or country or region concerned and; performs other tasks requested by supervisor, as appropriate.
In addition to the general responsibilities outlined above, the intern shall be given specific tasks related to the branch/ division of assignment. As OCHA's operational hub, the Coordination and Response division (CRD) oversees the management of all field offices and provides operational support to Resident Coordinators/ Humanitarian Coordinators (RCs/ HCs), OCHA country and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in the Latin American region. CRD is also responsible for coordinating all country-level humanitarian strategies and emergency responses, and is the working-level inter-face with affected Member States, partner humanitarian organizations, UN Secretariat departments and donors on operational issues.
Client Orientation: considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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.
Required Skills and Experience
To qualify for an internship with the UN Insternship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requeriments:
Applicants are not required to have professional working experience to participate in the internship programme though any academic and/or practical experience in humanitarian affairs issues including humanitarian coordination, humanitarian financing mechanisms, humanitarian funding trends, gender equality programming, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development and/or human rights is desirable. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, 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 includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this internship fluency in Spanish (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of the others are an asset. English and French in particular would be an advantage.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.