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UNCTAD Internship in the International Investment Agreements Section - Division on Investment and Enterprise (3 Internship Positions), Geneva

Organization: UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: UNCTAD Geneva

Grade: I-1

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Closing date: Saturday, 18 November 2017

Posting Title: UNCTAD Internship in the International Investment Agreements Section - Division on Investment and Enterprise (3 internship positions), I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS

Department/ Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 3 November 2017-18 November 2017

Job Opening number: 17-LEG-UNCTAD-88172-J-GENEVA (T)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and/or skills and expertise. Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match his/her suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.

A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member. For purposes of this instruction, ‚child‘ means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild); and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). ‚Sibling‘ includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This profile is for the sole purpose of the Internship Programme of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. There should be no expectation of employment within the UN after an internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above carrying international recruitment status in the Secretariat for a period of six months following the end of their internship. UN interns must have a valid visa. The Internship Programme is unpaid and full-time, i.e. an intern is expected to work 8 hours a day five days per week.

This advertisement is for three internship positions located in the International Investment Agreements (IIAs) Section of the Division on Investment and Enterprise, (DIAE) in United Nations Conference for Trade and Development . The internship period will be of four months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department and performance/availability of the intern. The offered working periods for these internships in 2018 are as follows: January-April, May-August, September-December.

Kindly clearly indicate your preferred period in your application.

Responsibilities

The IIAs Section strives to expose interns to all three pillars of UNCTAD’s activities: research, intergovernmental meetings and technical assistance to Governments mainly from developing countries.

Tasks during the internship will include: Research:

Collect data on bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and treaties with investment provisions (TIPs), e.g. for the Investment Policy Monitor (IPM), G20 reporting, IIA database.

Conduct research on recent investment policy trends and developments including monitoring of national and international policy developments as reported in UNCTAD’s regular IPM and G20 reporting.

Update (in excel format) the ‚mapping‘ of international investment agreements (IIAs) (BITs and TIPs) in line with the criteria developed from UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (UNCTAD Policy Framework), e.g. for Investment Policy Reviews (IPRs), for WIR2018, and upon specific requests by stakeholders.

Update the Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) database.

Conduct background research for and help finalize IIA Issues Notes and any other issue related to IIAs as requested, e.g. update the UNCTAD Policy Framework.

Intergovernmental meetings

Assist in the support offered to UNCTAD’s intergovernmental process, e.g. organization of expert meetings (invitations, confirmations, inputs for speech writing and presentations by UNCTAD, among others).

Technical assistance

Conduct background research and analysis for the delivery of technical assistance e.g. ad hoc advisory work such as the review of country’s IIA network and/or model treaty commentary.

Assist with the organization of capacity-building activities, e.g. prepare slides, exercises or background material for the training; organise face to face or virtual meetings, seminars or workshops.

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