Junior Professional Fellows Programme Announcement

Junior Professional Fellows Programme Announcement

UNU Office at the UN, New York
UNU-ONY Internship Vacancy: 1 August 2010 – 31 January 2011 (Reminder)

Dear colleague,
The United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY) is recruiting Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) for the next session, from 1 August 2010 to 31 January 2011.
Participants in UNU’s internship programme are called Junior Professional Fellows as this title reflects their combination of academic excellence and professional aptitude.
In the following paragraphs you will find information and guidelines for UNU’s JPF programme, or feel free to see our website at:http://www.ony.unu.edu/internships/
Please circulate this announcement to students, colleagues and friends who may be interested in participating in the programme or in disseminating this great opportunity to young professionals.
The deadline for receiving applications is May 15, 2010. Please do not hesitate to consult our website or contact us directly if you have any questions or comments.

With kind regards,
United Nations University, Office in New York
2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-2060, New York, NY 10017
Tel.: 212-963-6387
Fax: 212-371-2144
Website: http://www.ony.unu.edu

UNU-ONY Junior Professional Fellow Job Description

[Description of UNU-ONY]
UNU is a global institution, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is an agency of the United Nations which serves as a think tank and university of the UN, and aims to bridge the gap between policy makers and academia.
UNU-ONY showcases the work of UNU done around the world, to the UN System, the permanent missions, academia, NGOs, foundations and the private sector. It also assists with the fundraising and institutional development of the UNU system.

[Junior Professional Fellows’ responsibilities]
Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) support all aspects of UNU-ONY’s work. Their tasks may fall under any of the following categories.

JPFs organize public seminars and invitation-only forums to showcase UNU’s work from different UNU Research and Training Centers around the world. These events serve to promote dialogue around global issues relevant to the UN. Responsibilities of event organizers include: liaising with speakers; preparing scripts for video interviews; securing media coverage; conducting background research; and other responsibilities that are needed to make the event a success.

JPFs market the UNU system’s global activities. Marketing responsibilities include: updating content on UNU-ONY’s website; editing of video and audio files for website postings; and capitalizing upon partnerships with other organizations to market UNU’s news.

-Policy Research
JPFs’ work allows them to connect with the political and diplomatic realms, and assist UNU in becoming a stakeholder and fully-fledged partner of the UN system through policy research. During their stay, JPFs may be called upon to contribute to research projects on a wide range of topics, such as Africa, Climate Change, and Global Justice.

-Latin American Aspect
Given the geographic proximity with the New York Office, UNU-ONY develops partnerships and activities in Latin America. Since Spanish translations can also be an important element in this endeavor, good written and spoken knowledge of Spanish is preferable.

-Other Responsibilities
The Junior Professional Fellows are also responsible for general office work and administrative support, building UNU-ONY’s database of experts, assisting in the recruitment process of the Junior Professional Fellow team for the following session, and other tasks as required. Junior Professional Fellows may also be asked to support the partnership, fund-raising and development activities of the office and to edit or translate documents.

*Individuals with multimedia and programming experience are encouraged to apply and highlight their skills.
*Individuals with Japanese language skills are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that the UNU-ONY Junior Professional Fellows will be expected to work full-time during the period of their stay and the position is unpaid.


Qualifications required:
* Strong communication and interpersonal skills
* Advanced level of English required (spoken and written)
* Ability to work in a team
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office
* Strong writing and research skills
* Knowledge of at least two official UN languages desirable (preferably French or Spanish)
* Master’s degrees within relevant subjects preferred

How to apply:

Step 1: Complete the application form that can be found at http://www.ony.unu.edu/internships/

Step 2: Upload the following application materials online:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter (please state the 2 teams which are preferred)
  • 1-3 page writing sample in English
  • 1-3 page writing sample in another language, preferably in French, Spanish or other UN official languages
  • Scanned version of the complete form (signed and stamped) from your nominating institution. This form is applicable to candidates seeking internship as part of their current studies. This form can be downloaded at http://www.ony.unu.edu/internships/

Step 3: Send two letters of recommendation, preferably to be sent directly to UNU-ONY by email at jpfony@unu.edu (subject line: "Reference Letter – Candidate’s Last Name, First Name ")