UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - Statistics intern

Deadline: August 08, 2022


International Organizations


  • Japan


The United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) internship is for at least two months with an opportunity for extension up to six months, if required by the institute.


SIAP is a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is guided by the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, and by the work programme and membership of ESCAP, including through the Governing Council of the institute. SIAP’s mandates arise from a number of General Assembly, ECOSOC and ESCAP resolutions.

SIAP provides practical training to official statisticians with the aim to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems to produce, analyse and disseminate statistics that meet the needs of a wide range of users, as well as the statistical training capability of the former. SIAP works closely with ESCAP’s Statistics Division in implementing the statistics subprogramme of the commission, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, other United Nations entities, and numerous subregional, regional and international organizations.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research into and assist in the design and development of modern approaches to statistics training and adult learning
  • Review, update as necessary, and organize existing training material
  • Assist in developing and designing new training material
  • Assist in the delivery of instructor-led and online training courses
  • Assist in the further development of the institute’s learning management system
  • Review country strategies for the development of statistics, indicator frameworks, data availability to track progress to internationally agreed development goals, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as indicator data sources and compilation / disaggregation methods
  • Participate in the substantive servicing of sessions of the institute’s Governing Council and meetings of the Network for the Coordination of Statistical Training in Asia and the Pacific

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate


  • 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 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; 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, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
  • Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). 

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.


Deadline: August 08, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

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