Friday, November 6, 2009

Junior Professional Fellows Programme Announcement-United Nations University Office at the UN, New York

United Nations University Office at the UN
New York
February - July 2010

The United Nations University Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY) is recruiting Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) for the next session, from 1 February 2010 to 31 July 2010.

Participants in UNU's internship programme are Junior Professional Fellows as this title better reflects the responsibility and opportunity given to young professionals accepted into this programme.

In the following paragraphs you will find information and guidelines for UNU's JPF programme. After carefully reading the information, feel free to apply at this link .

Please circulate this announcement to students, colleagues and friends who may be interested in participating in the programme or in disseminating this great opportunity for young professionals.

The deadline for receiving applications is Nov 15, 2009. Please do not hesitate to consult our website or contact us directly if you have any questions or comments.

Description of UNU-ONY:

UNU is a global institution, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is an agency of the United Nations, serves as a think tank of and for the UN, and aims to bridge the gap between policy makers and academia.

UNU-ONY showcases the work of UNU done around the world, to the UN System, the Permanent Missions, academia, NGOs, foundations and the private sector. It also assists with fund raising and institutional development of the UNU system.

Junior Professional Fellows' responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) range widely, encompassing all aspects of UNU-ONY's work. These responsibiliites fit into the following categories:


JPFs organize public seminars and invitation-only forums to showcase UNU's research and work from different UNU Research and Training Centers around the world, and promote a dialogue around global issues relevant to the UN. Responsibilities of event organizers include liaising with speakers, preparing scripts for video interviews, planning the agenda, arranging media coverage, conducting background research and other responsibilities that are needed to make the event a success.


JPFs market UNU Sytem's global activities. Marketing responsibilitites include updating the contents on UNU-ONY's website, basic editing of video and audio files for website postings, and developing partnerships with other organizations to market UNU's news through syndication.

Individuals with multimedia and programming experience are particularly encouraged to apply and highlight their skills.

Partnership- Fundraising

UNU-ONY's central location in New York and close proximity to the Washington D.C. area allow for relationship building with potential partners and donors. Responsibilities include building partnerships with academic institutions, private organizations and civil society stakeholders to further strengthen UNU's visibility within the UN system and beyond.

Policy Research

JPFs work to connect the UNU with the political and diplomatic realms, and assist UNU in becoming a stakeholder and full-fledged partner of the UN system through policy research. Responsibilities include keeping UNU up-to-date on questions arising on the UN agenda and facilitating the UNU response to different developments in the global arena. JPFs are also responsible for contributing to research on a wide range of topics.

Latin America

Given the geographic proximity with the New York Office, UNU-ONY develops partnerships and activities in Latin America. Since Spanish translations can also be an important element in this endeavor, good written and spoken knowledge of Spanish is preferable.

Additional Responsibilities

The Junior Professional Fellows are also responsible for general office work and administrative support, building UNU-ONY's database of experts, as well as assisting in the recruitment process of Junior Professional Fellows for the following session.

Please note that UNU-ONY Junior Professional Fellows positions require full-time commitments due to the high level of responsibilities given to our interns. These are unpaid positions. On the job training and support is provided throughout the internship.

Qualifications required:

* Strong communication and interpersonal skills
* Advanced level of English required (spoken and written)
* Ability to work in a team
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office
* Strong writing and research skills
* Knowledge of at least two official UN languages desirable (preferably French or Spanish)
* Master's degree within relevant subjects preferred


United Nations University, Office in New York
2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-2060, New York, NY 10017
Tel.: 212-963-6387
Fax: 212-371-2144

application form here

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