INTERN – Geospatial Information, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Opening

Posting Title:INTERN – Geospatial Information, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:Office of Information and Communications Technology
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:04 February 2022 – 02 August 2022
Job Opening Number:22-Information Management Systems-OICT-173989-J-New York (A)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is located in the Geospatial Information Section, Technology Operations Service, Operations Support Division within the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT). The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension for an additional three months, depending on the needs of the Office.

The Geospatial Information Section provides geospatial information and cartographic support to the UN Secretariat.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints
regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be
willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Geospatial Information Section or his/her designated officer, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
• Contributes in providing geospatial information, data, analysis and cartographic services to the Secretariat, including its peace operations as well as the Security Council;
• Contributes to the preparation of reports based on organizational needs and requirements for reporting and analysis;
• Contributes to the preparation of geospatial data, being responsible for the acquisition and initial cleaning of data from primary and secondary data systems and documents data sets used;
• Contributes to the creation and maintenance of geospatial databases, contributes to geospatial data collection projects products, tools, analysis and processes to extend the capabilities of client offices;
• Contributes to the identification and analysis of patterns in geospatial data sets using various methods;
• Prepares geospatial data sets upon request; responds to queries/requests and maintains/updates web pages;
• Performs other related duties as required.


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.

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.


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).

Applicants must have academic qualifications in the following:
Geography, geospatial information, cartography, Earth observation sciences, or other related field.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.

The following skills are desirable: Experience dealing with basic geospatial information dealing particularly in the areas of: (a) geospatial data management, (b) geospatial analysis, (c) geospatial data visualization and cartography production; hands-on experience in spatial database management or software application development; strong computer skills including the use of geospatial software such as ArcGIS and image processing software such as ERDAS/Imagine; hands-on experience using spatial data server software such as ArcGIS for Server; familiarity with graphic arts software such as Adobe Illustrator and/or MAPublisher; and good drafting skills and ability to prepare concise reports and presentations.Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this
position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN
language is desirable.


Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their
specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order
to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.
Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.Special Notice

To apply:
A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. To
complete an online application, please create and complete a personal history profile (PHP)
and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system (
Please ensure that you indicate your proficiency in the English language in your PHP.
Please note that incomplete applications with not be reviewed.
The cover note should include:
(1) Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects
(2) Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in;
(3) List the IT skills and software programmes that you are proficient in;
(4) Explain how an internship with the Office of Information and Communications
Technology in the United Nations fits within your career plans and why you would be the best
candidate for this team.
Please note that due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates
will be contacted.
In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any),
education, skills, languages and three references
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for
travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their
sponsoring institutions.United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.No Fee


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