Internship with United Nations Technology Innovation Labs


Location : Cyberjaya, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :31-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :224d 6h 10m
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 - 6 months


Background

NOTICE: This is a continuous opening; internship applications will be evaluated on a monthly basis.

The UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity's most pressing needs.

Recognizing that innovation plays a critical role in moving the United Nations forward and acknowledging that the United Nations’ ability to innovate and engage in partnerships will be a significant factor in the efforts to successfully implement the SDGs (and the broader mandates of the United Nations), the UNTIL Lab programme is designed to support the journey to review, build, adopt and implement technology solutions to address problems that Member States are facing.

To engage the gears of innovation proactively, the United Nations Office of information and Communication Technology (OICT) is establishing “United Nations Technology Innovation Labs” (UNTIL). Using cutting-edge frontier technology currently available, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things, fintech and the use of drones to answer Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges, UNTIL aims at using technological innovation to resolve day to day issues. In line with the ICT Strategy (A/69/517) approved by the UN General Assembly at its 69th session, OICT is establishing new UNTIL Labs locations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Labs in other regions are planned for a second implementation phase in response to specific Member State’s host requests.

Each UNTIL is based on different humanitarian themes that are central to the needs of each individual Labs specific geolocation. The Labs will use AI, Blockchain, IoT and other high-tech tools to develop technology solutions that will be open source and available globally to all Member States once operational.


Duties and Responsibilities

The goal of the UN Technology Innovation Labs is to function as a start-up environment and create a platform for collaborative problem solving between UN resources, Private sector, Academia and Civil Society.  Each Lab will facilitate linking this platform with innovators and mentors from across the globe as well as to facilitate the global exchange of ideas and resources. UNTIL will function as a Laboratory and tool, offering advisory support and guidance that will facilitate problem-solving through hands-on-workshops, immersion-learning, and incubated projects.

Each Lab will focus on specific thematic areas of concern to the host country.  Themes will not be duplicated to the extent possible in other global Labs, but technology will be shared and transferred creating an ecosystem of innovative technology tools and test beds for proof of concepts.

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. 30% - Undertake research and analysis on sustainable development challenges and existing ecosystem business models. Work closely with partners, analysts, designers, etc.;
  2. 50% - Produce detailed specifications and writing program codes, develop native prototypes, testing products in controlled environments before going live;
  3. 5% - Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentation materials, background notes. etc. on the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at national and local levels;
  4. 5% - Provide support on technical and administrative requirements as needed (planning meetings/workshops, assisting in preparation of presentations, reporting, etc.);
  5. 5% - Support the team with other ad hoc tasks, as requested;
  6. 5% - Ideation activities on potential solutions into relevant thematic areas.


Competencies

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities; 
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 
Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor or master’s degree, or equivalent studies.

Field of study: computer science, management information systems, information and communications technology, mechanical/electrical engineering, international business, international affairs, international development, sustainable development, political science or equivalent. 

IT skills:

  • Possess any combination of the following languages: C++, Go, Python, Java, Solidity or a good understanding of software project management/development/support.
  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools;
  • Proficiency in design software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) and knowledge in web design and administration will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of various development methodologies e.g. Agile. 

Language skills:

  • English required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

INTERNSHIP CONDITIONS

  • UN internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UN accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UN in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.


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.


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