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The intern will be responsible for contributing to key processes of analysis of the national context, knowledge management, and promotion of the 2030 Agenda, as well as ideas for the development of OCR actions and that they are consistent with the information of the context.

You must identify challenges and opportunities from your work experiences and previous studies and will contribute to the actions for the follow-up and execution of the 2030 Agenda, during the term of your internship.

More specifically, the intern, depending on the area with which he / she collaborates and under the close supervision of the OCR Coordination Officers, will support selected actions related to the following functions listed below (several internships could be identified for each area with complementary functions to be identified) :

Work areas : Communication


  • Maintain contacts with key print and electronic media (including radio, television, news websites and blogs) to provide them with newsworthy material on the UN's work in the country.
  • Support the strengthening of strategic alliances with specialized media, academia, publishers, research centers and the like.
  • Support in the preparation of communication materials, photography and video to guarantee the production of quality products in line with the communication strategy of the United Nations System for the promotion of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • Assist with the translation into citizen and popular language of messages and technical information.
  • Research and identify media stories, support writing and editing potential releases within tight deadlines and agreed corporate standards.
  • Likewise, it manages and produces stories that transmit knowledge through storytelling.

  • Support in the organization of events to coordinate and promote the 2030 Agenda and ensure that partners and the media are informed about key UN actions, with standardized and quality information.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with counterparts and those involved in projects and processes, to determine recipients and beneficiaries of the production of information coordinated from the UN.
  • Prepare fact sheets / infographics to disseminate results and activities of the United Nations in Costa Rica.
  • Support with the regular updating of UN information in Costa Rica for websites and social networks.
  • Information and knowledge management :

  • Support with technical inputs the process of preparing and coordinating strategic meetings, including the SDG16+ Forum and the Food Systems Summit, which involve the participation of key actors in previous national and international processes linked to these global processes.
  • Provide regular follow-up to legislative work related to human rights, sustainable development and gender issues and support actions to integrate the 2030 Agenda into legislative management.
  • Support the establishment of a media monitoring system, compilation and review of analyses, surveys and others published by third parties that contribute to analyzing and following up on critical current issues.
  • Support the coordination of an agenda of alliances and capacity building on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in the context of the Costa Rican electoral process, including the generation of inputs, proposal of activities and coordination of UNS actions.
  • Identify opportunities to capture and share knowledge management products, and disseminate information on the main advances and results of the UNS in Costa Rica.
  • Support to promote the work of the interdisciplinary and inter-agency teams of the UN System on information analysis of the national context and key issues of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, including the identification of key issues and opportunities for the integration of the A2030 .
  • Data and statistics

  • Support the consolidation of the data management and innovation agenda of the UN System, including the strengthening of the management and use of UN Info, RTM and dataminr.
  • Generate and update repositories of information and data on key issues of the national reality, which feed information and decision-making processes.
  • Support in the construction and elaboration of data visualizations, through graphs, maps, tables, among others.
  • Data and statistics

  • Support the consolidation of the data management and innovation agenda of the UN System, including the strengthening of the management and use of UN Info, RTM and dataminr.
  • Generate and update repositories of information and data on key issues of the national reality, which feed information and decision-making processes.
  • Support in the construction and elaboration of data visualizations, through graphs, maps, tables, among others.
  • Human rights

  • Support the follow-up of the human rights recommendations made by the treaty bodies, particularly in relation to populations in situations of exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Support the drafting of analyzes and the production of inputs that facilitate the follow-up and implementation of human rights recommendations through joint work plans and other forms of joint UNS programming.
  • Support the generation and analysis of inputs for the organization and coordination of the visits of the Special Rapporteurs to the country.
  • General

  • Collaborate with the organization of webinars, talks, conferences and virtual training that present topics in which the UNS is generating relevant technical content for the positioning of the 2030 Agenda and Human Rights.
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of OCR events, ensuring that major events are identified early.
  • Include gender equality and human rights approaches at all times in the development of UNDP knowledge management products in Costa Rica.
  • Promote in the development of their tasks and responsibilities the search for compliance with the sustainable development goals and the 2030 agenda.
  • Other functions related to the area and purpose of the internship and as they arise.
  • Competencies

  • Professionalism : Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • 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; 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.


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

    a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,

    b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).

  • For this internship, studies in the area of communication sciences, sustainable development, gender, law, international relations, political sciences, sociology, psychology, knowledge management, statistics, is desirable.
  • 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 Spanish is required. Knowledge of English is required.

    Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.

    NOTE : ''Advanced level'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ''Intermediate level'' or knowledge of equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.


    Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

    Special Notice

    Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (work five days per week; 35 hours) in the Division / Section to which they are assigned, but they may undertake flexible working arrangements, subject to certain conditions.

    The internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel and accommodation, including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant sponsoring institution.

    Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above for a period of six months following the end of their internship.

    A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    The Cover Note must include :

  • Degree programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied ?)
  • Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  • List your top three areas of interest.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply for internships which relate directly to their studies and / or skills and expertise.

    Applicants are asked to please indicate preferences which best match his / her suitability and do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both the intern and the receiving UN department.

    A person who is the child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations.

    An applicant who bears to a staff member any other family relationship may be engaged as an intern, provided that he or she shall not be assigned to the same work unit of the staff member nor placed under the direct or indirect supervision of the staff member.

  • For purposes of this instruction, child means (i) the child of a staff member; (ii) the child of the spouse of a staff member (stepchild);
  • and (iii) the spouse of a child of a staff member or a staff member’s spouse (son- or daughter-in-law). Sibling includes the child of both or either parent of a staff member and the child.

    The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

    Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

    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.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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