Intern - Economic Affairs

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th August, 2021

Job Description


The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division/ Disaster Risk Reduction Section (DRS) internship is for 2-6 months.

The internship is unpaid and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The major objectives of Disaster Risk Reduction Section are as follow;

  • Policy options and strategies on multi-hazard disaster risk reduction and mitigation
  • Regional cooperation mechanism for disaster risk management, including space and other technical support systems
  • Multi-hazard assessment, preparedness, early warning and response to disaster risk
  • Building resilience to natural disasters through mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into the development agenda of countries


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

  • Contribute to the quantitative and qualitative analysis on the socio-economic impacts of disasters
  • Assist in organizing international conferences and meetings
  • Carry out other ad hoc tasks as required by the Section and the Division


The United Nations Core Competencies include:

  • 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 clients’ point of view.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • 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.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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