United Nations Office at Geneva - Intern - research and evaluation


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • Switzerland


The JIU internship is for a period of two to six months depending on the needs of the department. The Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) is the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide. Based on priority areas relevant to its mandate, the Unit developed a results-based Strategic Framework for 2010-2019, providing a roadmap for increased oversight in response to stakeholders' demands (Annex III of A/63/34), which was subsequently acknowledged by General Assembly resolution 63/272.



Interns undertake duties, supporting the work of a team for a specific report, under the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer. The intern will be assigned to different tasks depending on the status of implementation of the annual work programme of the Unit.

Interns will be requested to assist the Inspector(s) in the research work related to on-going projects of the annual work programme. Interns can also be involved in supporting future work programmes and other internal tasks of the Unit.

Normally, s/he will be assigned to support research outputs for one or two of the JIU's reviews, under the direct the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer. As part of his/her duties, s/he will contribute to the research (desk review, review of basic documentation) and drafting work to support the review prepared by one or more Inspectors of the Unit. This entails analysis of key issues for the review, including comparative analysis of the work of the 25 participating organizations in this area, preparation of questionnaires and interview guides, analysis of information received, participation in interviews and preparation of minutes, preparation of analytical charts, graphs, tables etc.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings
  • Document, legal and internet research
  • Assistance during conferences
  • Working on web-presentation
  • Evaluation of projects
  • Compiling statistics
  • Media analysis

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be 'clients' and seeks to see things from client's point of view.


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:
    • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
    • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period 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;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, the field of study should be closely related to the type of internship you are applying for is required.


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: November 01, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer in the department or office to which they are assigned.

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