Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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Employment opportunities

In order to function effectively as a global organization, the United Nations Secretariat has a continuing need for staff. It is impossible to list in detail the different type of positions for which the Organization recruits.

Explore a career with the UN: more info

General information on employment opportunities and current vacancies at the UN Secretariat: more info

The specialized agencies, funds and programmes (i.e. UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, etc.) conduct their own recruitment programmes. Candidates should consult the appropriate agency’s website for information concerning employment opportunities. The following webpage contains links to vacancy notices of over 30 of these organizations: more info

Aside from the ‘Blue Helmets’, which are military forces provided directly by the Members States, the UN rely on civilian staff for its peacekeeping missions. Information on recruitment for peacekeeping operations: more info

Salaries, allowances, benefits and job classification at the United Nations: more info

 

Language competitive examinations

The United Nations is looking for qualified candidates to fill its language positions across the Organization: more info

 

Young professionals programme (YPP)

The United Nations is seeking highly qualified nationals of certain countries for employment in order to achieve greater geographical balance of its professional staff. The Young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination: more info

 

Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO)

The Programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutions of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the technical cooperation of the United Nations Secretariat. An Associate Expert/JPO is recruited under bilateral agreements between the United Nations and donor countries.
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United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV)

The United Nations Volunteers program is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide: more info

 

Internship programmes

Internship programmes at all major locations of the United Nations: more info

Internship throughout the UN system:
If you are interested in internships with other United Nations funds and programmes, you can find information here

Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels
UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months. United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
Applications (CV and cover letter) should be sent to: UNRIC Brussels, attention: internship, Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium or via e-mail to: [email protected]

 

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Vacancies Brussels

UNHCR Vacancy Announcement: DG Justice Project - UASC reception monitoring

Contract type: Individual Consultant

Project/Consultancy title: Monitoring of reception conditions of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Luxembourg

Contract Duration: 40 working days/ expected start date: 17/09/2018 – expected end date: 30/11/2018

Duty Station: Home-based (Luxembourg)

Closing Date: 31 August 2018

 

Organizational context and General background of assignment:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. UNHCR works with States, civil society organizations and other actors to address issues of concern which fall under its mandate.

Children’s rights are enshrined in international law, including in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are at the heart of UNHCR’s protection mandate. Given the fact that asylum- seeking girls and boys face unique protection risks, responding to their specific needs is a key priority for the BELUX Unit.  UNHCR’s commitment to protect children of its concern is not only a moral imperative, but will also contribute to ensuring a better future for children, their families and communities.

Between 2015 and 2017, over 200 UASC have applied for asylum in Luxembourg, representing more than twice the number for the period between 2012 and 2014.  While the largest increase was noticed in 2015, 2017 was marked by the particularly young age of UASC applying for asylum in Luxembourg (between 12-14 years old).

In addition to the 2 already-existing mixed reception centres hosting UASC, 3 reception centres exclusively dedicated to UASC have opened their doors since 2016. The principle of the best interest of the child is embedded in Luxembourg legislation and policy, and should be implemented in the context of reception conditions. A mapping of the current situation for the identification of good practices and elaboration of recommendations in line with international protection standards and the best interest principle will serve as a basis for UNHCR to engage with and support different stakeholders in upholding these standards.

 

Functional expertise and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Head of the BELUX Protection Unit and the Liaison Officer for Luxembourg, the consultant shall be responsible for providing UNHCR with a report offering a comprehensive overview of reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg, as well as a catalogue of best practices and the proposal of recommendations for improvements in the reception system.

For that purpose, the following activities are planned:

  • Desk research on the legal and factual situation with respect to reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg;
  • Organisation of preliminary meetings with relevant stakeholders from administrations, civil society, lawyers, child protection organisations, judiciary, academics, international organisations;
  • Organisation of visits to 5 reception centres hosting UASC;
  • Interviews with staff responsible of the reception centres, with preparation of questionnaires
  • Individual participatory assessments or focus group discussions with UASC in reception centres, with preparation of questionnaires
  • Child protection assessment of reception facilities
  • Organisation of debriefing meetings with stakeholders

 

Expected deliverables:

 

The consultant will draft an internal report providing an overview of the reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg, taking into account feedback provided by stakeholders and information obtained through the visits to the reception centres, results stemming from the child protection assessments and the participatory assessments with UASC. The report will address inter alia the following themes: material reception conditions, guardianship system, legal representation, education, child protection, safety and well-being, health, psychosocial support and family separation. The report will highlight best practices observed, and offer recommendations and follow-up actions to improve the reception conditions of UASC. The report will then serve as a basis for UNHCR to advocate for  adequate reception conditions of UASC.

 

Required qualifications and experience:

Education

  • University degree in a related field

Work Experience

  • Work experience with UNHCR is an asset
  • Experience in the field of international refugee law is an asset
  • Experience in the field of child protection
  • At least 2 years related job experience in one of the areas relevant for the work required, such as reception monitoring, working with UASC or with asylum seekers, experience in conducting participatory assessments

Key Competencies

  • Knowledge of the Luxembourg child protection system
  • Knowledge of the Luxembourg asylum law
  • Experience/knowledge conducting participatory assessments would be an asset
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Fluency in French and English, with excellent drafting skills in both languages
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative
  • Sound reporting skills
  • Sound computer skills
  • Complies with UN core values

Candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and UNHCR Personal History Form (available here: http://www.unhcr.org/admin/jobs/5748ac794/p11-form.html) prior to the closing date of this vacancy to the following email address: [email protected] Please include the title and vacancy number in the subject line.

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Internship UN Women

Internship Title: Liaison Office Intern
Unit Name: Brussels Liaison Office
Division Name: Strategic Partnership Division
Country and City of Internship Post: Belgium, Brussels
Expected Start Date: 10 September 2018 (flexible)
Expected End Date: 09 March 2019 (duration max. 6 months)
Deadline for application: Friday 24th of August 2108

 

Background

UN Women Background:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women Liaison Office in Brussels :

The objectives of UN Women Brussels Office are to build and strengthen cooperation and partnerships with the European Union and other Brussels based institutions. The office also engages in outreach, information, advocacy, representation and policy dialogue with member states, civil society and other partners.

Description of Responsibilities

Policy and Programme follow-up and analysis:

  • Assisting in monitoring and analysing socio-political developments in the EC/EU as well as selected donor countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands and Luxemburg) related to UN Women’s mandate.
  • Assisting in analysing potentials for developing partnerships with key stakeholders in Europe
  • Assisting in monitoring and analyzing EC financial policies, strategy papers and programmatic documents relevant to UN Women’s programmes (including monitoring preparations of new EU financial regulation, Multi-Annual Financial Framework).

Communication and outreach:

  • Assisting in drafting knowledge management tools
  • Assisting in planning and implementing outreach actions and events in Brussels and the countries covered by UN Women BO
    General:
  • Assisting with preparing, attending and reporting on meetings and events of the European Parliament, European Commission, Governments, civil society groups and UN agencies in Brussels
  • Provide support in other Brussels Office related duties as required, including support to preparing briefing notes

The intern will gain a first-hand knowledge of UN Women’s work in the context of the EU Institutions, including how the office builds and strengthens cooperation and partnerships with the institutions as well as how outreach, advocacy and policy dialogue is managed in this context.

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

• Expressed interest in development issues, including gender issues
• Expressed interest in European Union affairs
• Good computer knowledge (Microsoft Office software package)
• Strong analytical skills
• Ability to work independently as well as in teams
• Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural team and with a wide range of partners

Qualifications

Education:

  • Studies of Political Science/ European Studies /International Relations/Development Studies/ Communication or other similar subject at the university level.
  • 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); Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Language:

• Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; knowledge of French desirable

 

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • Please send (1) a UN Women Personal History Form (P11) or your resume and (2) a cover letter to the following email address: [email protected] (subject of the email: Internship Application 2018).
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Once selected and contacted by the hiring office, applicants will need to provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment or graduation, passport, and visa (if applicable) along with an internship agreement form that will be provided to you.
  • Deadline for application: Friday 24th of August 2108.

 

Note:

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment

UN Women Internship Policy:

1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application 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);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to positions in the professional and above category in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application (as described above).

 

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UNRIC Internship: Benelux Desk (French speaker)

Le bureau Benelux du Centre régional d'information des Nations Unies pour l'Europe occidentale (UNRIC) recrute un stagiaire de langue maternelle française. Ce stage débutera le premier octobre à Bruxelles et sera d’une durée minimum de quatre mois, six mois maximum.


Missions et attributions du stagiaire

Au sein d’une équipe internationale, la mission du stagiaire lui offrira l’opportunité de découvrir de l'intérieur l'Organisation des Nations Unies. Parmi ses tâches quotidiennes, il effectuera un suivi de la presse francophone de Belgique et du Luxembourg, qu’il traduira en anglais. Il lui sera demandé de collecter des informations en vue de la rédaction, traduction et publication d’articles sur notre site Internet francophone. En outre, le stagiaire devra traduire des articles et interviews du néerlandais vers le français. Il sera chargé de l’édition anglaise de la lettre d’information hebdomadaire « The Week Ahead ». Le stagiaire participera à la gestion des contenus sur les médias sociaux. Par ailleurs, il soutiendra le bureau du Benelux dans l’organisation d’événements et assistera dans la préparation d’interviews de personnalités des Nations Unies. Enfin, le bureau du Benelux est souvent amené à couvrir des événements dans la région bruxelloise.


Profil du candidat / de la candidate recherché(e)

Le candidat doit avoir une formation universitaire (en sciences politiques, langues, communication, médias…) idéalement de niveau master et une parfaite maîtrise de l’anglais. Une connaissance pratique du néerlandais est vivement recommandée.  


Compétences requises

  • Qualités rédactionnelles (capacités à rédiger de façon concise dans des délais brefs en français et en anglais) ;
  • Très bonne maîtrise de l’anglais indispensable ;
  • Maîtrise passive du néerlandais indispensable ;
  • Capacité à traduire certains documents des Nations Unies en utilisant un vocabulaire précis ;
  • Autonomie et capacité d’initiative ;
  • Ouverture d’esprit et capacité de travail en équipe.


UNRIC ne fournit pas d’assistance financière aux stagiaires. Un certificat est délivré à la fin du stage. 

Si vous êtes intéressé, envoyez votre CV détaillé et une lettre de motivation en anglais au plus tard le 9 septembre 2018 à minuit, à l’adresse suivante : [email protected]

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Consultancy on providing training of trainer for the UNICEF office for relations with EU Institutions

Background

UNICEF has developed a solid engagement with the EU over the past two decades. This partnership covers policy and technical dialogue focusing on the promotion, protection and implementation of children’s rights at global, regional and national level, as well as a financial contribution (humanitarian and development funding) from the EU to UNICEF (mostly Country Offices but also Regional Offices and Headquarters).

At global level, the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU Institutions (Brussels Office) is leading this engagement. Its staff has a strong expertise on EU priorities, policies and mechanisms, as well as on contract and resource mobilization. One of its key roles is to support UNICEF regional and country offices in their dialogue and engagement with EU delegations, whether through face-to-face trainings, workshops, meetings, brainstorming, etc.

Over the years, the Brussels Office has developed a significant number of capacity-building tools for its field offices, and while there is generally a better knowledge of the EU throughout UNICEF, facilitation skills and the approach and techniques used to build capacities could be reviewed to make these more efficient and effective. 


Overall objective:

The Brussels Office is looking for a consultant or company to design and conduct a training of trainer (ToT) workshop to help UNICEF Brussels office improve course design and delivery, and facilitation and (group) engagement skills to deliver more effective and impactful meetings, workshops, trainings and other capacity-building activities.


Learning objectives:

The aim of this workshop is to expose participants to a range of tools and techniques that can help turn the delivery of trainings, workshops, meetings, etc. into a participatory, high-impact and memorable learning experience. Particular emphasis will be put on:

  • Interactive and participatory training techniques and skills;
  • Creating learning objectives and building a logical session plan/agenda for a training session or a meeting/workshop;
  • Developing effective resource material to support learning process;
  • Structuring of trainings to keep audiences engaged (post-lunchtime spots, etc., intercultural sensitivities for different audiences)
  • Delivery styles


The workshop should be highly participatory and practical, focusing on techniques, tools and tips of training design and delivery, with participants themselves designing, delivering and assessing presentations.


Deliverables:

  1. Develop workshop objectives, content and methodology
    1. In close coordination with the Brussels office, determine overall objectives of course, key content areas and strategy and methodology for presentation;
    2. Prepare agenda, course outlines and materials.

Outputs: agenda, course curriculum

  1. Prepare workshop material
    1. Prepare standard materials for participants, such as handouts, props, guidebook, etc
    2. Develop the list of equipment and materials necessary for carrying out the training.

Outputs: training material, workshop guidebook, handouts and other materials

  1. Design Interactive Exercises
    1. Design a range of realistic interactive exercises, including “hands-on” practice of skills, to support course content and objectives;
    2. Prepare instructions, role descriptions and other materials.

Outputs: instructions, role descriptions and other materials

  1. Act as lead facilitator throughout the workshop
    1. Ensure that in-house rules such as schedule, breaks, timeliness etc are understood and adhered to;
    2. Coordinate day-to-day activities of the workshop, including briefing, supporting and coordinating other workshop resource persons;
    3. Facilitate and lead group discussions and run exercises as per material.
    4. Establish and maintain a learning atmosphere characterized by openness, mutual respect and fun;
    5. Facilitate a final session designed to evaluate participant learning in the course, and/or collect participant evaluation input relating to the course.

Output: successfully conducted workshop


Timeline, location and reporting line

  • The ToT will take place between mid-September 2018 and December 31, 2018 – exact dates to be defined with the selected consultant/company. This includes a number of days for the preparation of the ToT, agenda setting, etc.
  • The ToT will take place in Brussels and be conducted in English.
  • The consultant/company will report to Alexandra Makaroff, Partnership Manager


Qualifications

  • At least 10 years of extensive experience in facilitating trainings, with a specialization in the training of trainers;
  • Proven experience in designing workshops that are practical and participatory;
  • Skills in designing course curriculum and training materials, using adult learning techniques;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in training international organisations staff;
  • Fluency in English required.


Applications

Applications should include:

  • CV
  • Proposal on how the consultant would propose to develop the deliverables, including number of days and timeline
  • Examples of training/information packages previously developed by the applicants are welcome
  • Financial proposal with a breakdown by daily fee.


Applications should be sent by 24 August, 4pm Brussels time, to Celine Dawans at [email protected]. If you have any query, please contact Ms. Dawans in writing at the same address.

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Consultancy on revising and developing capacity building strategy for the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU Institutions

Background

UNICEF has developed a solid engagement with the EU over the past two decades. This partnership covers policy and technical dialogue focusing on the promotion, protection and implementation of children’s rights at global, regional and national level, as well as a financial contribution (humanitarian and development funding) from the EU to UNICEF (mostly Country Offices but also Regional Offices and Headquarters).

At global level, the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU Institutions (Brussels Office) is leading this engagement. Its staff has a strong expertise on EU priorities, policies and mechanisms, as well as contract and contribution management. One of its key roles is to support UNICEF regional and country offices in their dialogue with EU delegations and headquarters. Beyond ad hoc and case-specific support, the Brussels Office spends a considerable amount of time supporting the development of field offices in the following areas:

  • Policy and technical engagement with the EU;
  • Resource mobilization (including development of proposals and type of agreements);
  • Contractual issues to ensure alignment of all contracts with the EU-UN Financial Framework (FAFA) and UNICEF rules and regulations;
  • Contribution management (quality and timeliness of reports, especially budgets, supporting documentation);
  • Verifications and similar exercises like Residual Error Reports and audits of EU delegations by the European Court of Auditors.


A recent internal review of capacity building efforts revealed that over the years, the number of tools and information packages developed by the Brussels Office to build the capacity of field offices increased significantly, and while there is generally a better knowledge of the EU throughout UNICEF, it is not clear whether these tools are used or not by UNICEF staff at the country and regional levels. In addition, the Humanitarian and the Development Sections have developed different approaches and good practices, but coordination and harmonization of the existing tools, as part of a strategic capacity building plan, would make it more efficient and effective. Finally, the Brussels Office would also like to strengthen the use of risk-based management and apply a more tailored approached with priority Country Offices clearly identified.


Objective

The Brussels Office is looking for a consultant to review and revise the existing capacity building materials, and to develop a long-term capacity building strategy for the office, based on identified Country and Regional Office’s needs.


Deliverables

Based on structured discussions with the Brussels Office and selected Regional and Country Offices:

  • Mapping of capacity building needs of Country and Regional Offices so that they can engage efficiently and effectively with the EU on policy dialogue, resource mobilization and management.
  • Review of all the existing tools and information packages developed by the Brussels Office to identify the most relevant and/or useful ones, and knowledge product gaps.
  • Based on the needs assessment and the review of existing materials, develop a long-term strategy and a one-year roll out plan to build the capacities of Country and Regional Offices more systematically and consistently, using a risk-management approach.


Note: The consultant will not develop the new materials but will identify the knowledge gaps and propose the most adequate format to address them (e.g. a video on verification mission, brief written guidelines on UN to UN contracts etc.)


Timeline, location and reporting line

  • The consultancy will take place between October 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019 and will cover a number of working days to be negotiated.
  • The consultant will need to be mostly based in Brussels, but some work can be done from home. It will not require any travel outside of Brussels.
  • The consultant will report to Alexandra Makaroff, Partnership Manager.


Qualifications

  • 5-8 years of experience working with UNICEF or similar organisations, in development or humanitarian contexts.
  • Proven experience in building the capacity of professional teams using the latest tools and (participatory) approaches in adult learning.
  • Knowledge of the EU an asset.
  • Fluency in English required; working knowledge of French or Spanish an asset.


Applications

Applications should include:

  • CV
  • Proposal on how the consultant would propose to develop the deliverables (brief methodology), including number of days and timeline
  • Examples of training/information packages previously developed by the applicants are welcome
  • Financial proposal with a breakdown by daily fee.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit their applications by 24 August 2018, 4pm Brussels time, to Celine Dawans at [email protected]. If you have any query, please contact Ms. Dawans in writing at the same address.

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