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Internship - Translation (French), Geneva

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Closing date: Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Posting Title: INTERNSHIP - Translation (French), I


Department/ Office: United Nations Office at Geneva

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 28 November 2016-27 December 2016

Job Opening number: 16-CON-UNOG-70625-R-GENEVA

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

Completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History profile) is required.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The cover Note must include

Title of degree you are currently pursuing;
Graduation date (when will you be/have graduating/graduated from the programme);
IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in;
Top three (3)areas of interest

Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, if any, IT skills and three (3) references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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

These internships (several) are located in the Division of Conference Management, Languages Service, French Translation Section in Geneva and are under the supervision of the Chief of the Section or the internship supervisor, as appropriate.

These internships are for a period of two to three months and will start on 1 February 2017 or at a date to be agreed upon in the first quarter of 2017.

French Translation Human Resources Human Rights Humanitarian Law Internship Official Languages Translation Unpaid

Internships are UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the French Translation Section.


Within delegated authority, the intern will be responsible for the following duties:

Translates into French documents drafted in one or more of the other official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish), for training and other purposes and subject to revision.

Performs other related duties as required, including terminological work, creation of translation memories and participation in other special projects.



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.


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.


Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.

Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.

Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.

Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.

Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.

Uses time efficiently.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or (b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications;
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

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