Closing date: Saturday, 30 November 2019

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 30 May 2019 - 30 November 2019

Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-DESA-117854-J-New York (A)

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

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) / Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) internship is for at least 3 months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the department.

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.


The position is located in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

In particular, the intern will provide analytical support in the field of sustainable investment. The SG’s Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development points out that there are still no globally agreed definitions of concepts such as impact and sustainable investing. The growing interest for sustainable investing has resulted in a multiplication of initiatives in this area, both within and outside the UN system. Thus, there is a need to map these initiatives and learn from the challenges and opportunities of different approaches in order to build consensus on what sustainable investing means and how to measure its impact.

The intern’s duties may include, but are not limited to:

Assistance in economic research, drafting and preparing analysis on impact and sustainable investing for the 2020 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, as well as other official documents

Assistance during conferences with logistical and administrative arrangements

Compiling statistics and data analysis


The United Nations Core Competencies include: Core Competencies: 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