Internships For Zambian at United Nations

  • Internship
  • Lusaka

Website United Nations

The UNECA is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development. To find out more about UNECA, please go to

The internship is located in one of the Sections of the Subregional office for Southern Africa (SRO-SA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia. The Internship will be remote or physical. The duration of the internship is six months on a full-time basis. 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. Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter. An internship certificate will be awarded at the end of the assignment on the recommendation of the supervisor.


Under the direct supervision of a designated Economic Affairs Officer of a Section of SRO-SA, the intern will contribute to the work of the Office and in particular to the implementation of the technical assistance projects by SRO-SA.

Activities may vary by technical assistance project/assignment, but typical tasks include the following:

1. Prepare and update a calendar of activities for the project with timelines;
2. Prepare substantive documents and notes required for planned workshops/meetings including concept notes, agendas and other related documents;
3. Assist in the planning and organization of workshops and meetings and execute tasks as identified by the Economic Affairs Officer that will include drafting letters of invitation, following up on letters to ensure higher participation at the meetings, identifying suitable panelists and participants at the events and eliciting their participation at events, and drafting presentations.
4. Servicing workshops and meetings held in the course of the projects including taking notes at meetings and drafting inputs for speeches and statements;
5. Assist in the identification, selection and recruitment of consultants needed for the execution of project outputs;
6. Prepare substantive inputs for terms of reference of consultants;
7. Undertake literature reviews, research and analysis on inclusive industrialization and MSMEs to inform the development of office outputs, e.g., statistical database, reports;
8. Assist in data trawling exercises to track indicators for the inclusive industrialization database;
9. Contribute to develop and update country strategies and profiles;
10. Shadow the data and statistics focal point officer, supporting the function and contributing to briefs and reporting exercises;
11. Assist in the establishment of databases that may be needed for the project;
12. Assist in identifying sources of extra-budgetary funds for the office;
13. Participate in the mobilization of strategic partnerships for the office;
14. Contribute innovative and creative ideas to the delivery of project deliverables to enhance the quality of project outputs and impacts of results to be achieved;
15. Identify suitable methodologies to be employed in the course of output delivery;
16. Perform administrative tasks in relation to the project, in close consultation with the administrative staff of SRO-SA and ECA;
17. Assist in the preparation of communications materials needed to disseminate the project outputs including video scripts and tweets;
18. Perform any ad-hoc requests as required by the Economic Affairs Officer to ensure a high quality and timely delivery of project deliverables including setting up meetings.


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.

Teamwork – 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.

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.

Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


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

1.Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(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 a one year period of graduation;

2.Be computer literate in standard software applications;

3.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

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. For the Internship Programme, fluency in English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration. Due to the large number of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

In your Personal History Profile, please list all past work experience (if any), your IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted. Please note that this is an on-going advertisement until October 2020. Successful candidates may be contacted at any time during the posting period or shortly thereafter.

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and /or illness incurred During an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the condition of service.

A completed online application (including Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include – Your Degree programme (what are you currently studying?)
– Your Graduation date (when will you or when did you graduate from the programme?);
– List your three main areas of interest
– any IT skills or software applications that you are proficient in
– an explanation as to why you would be the best candidate for this internship;
– an explanation as to why you are interested in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your Personal History Profile, please list all past work experience, your IT skills, and three references.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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