Intern – Office of Executive Secretary/Legal Affairs, I


Intern – Office of Executive Secretary/Legal Affairs, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Department/ Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 26 June 2016 – 9 July 2016

Job Opening number: 16-LEG-ECA-62166-R-ADDIS ABABA

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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel, medical insurance 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?)
  • 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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in 1958. ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development. ECA also provides technical advisory services to African governments, intergovernmental organizations and institutions. In addition, it formulates and promotes development assistance programmes and acts as the executing agency for relevant operational projects.

The internship will be in the Office of the Executive Secretary, the legal intern will work under the supervision of the Secretary of the Commission who is also the Legal Adviser of ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension, depending on the needs of the Office. The intern is expected to work on a full-time basis, i.e. 5 days per week, Monday to Friday.


The intern will work closely with the Legal Office at ECA and will assist on a broad range of activities, including but not limited to

  • Supporting the Secretary of the Commission/Legal Adviser by undertaking legal analysis, research and assisting in the preparation of legal advice relating to ECA’s relationships with member states, to UN Staff Regulations and Rules and providing input on matters arising out of ECA’s policy and operational framework
  • Assisting in the preparation of drafts of background papers, legislative texts and commentaries on those texts.
  • Conducting document, legal and internet based on various subject matters.
  • Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents
  • Researching and drafting reports, correspondence with internal and external authorities;
  • Performing routine tasks such as compiling and collating materials, and other duties as assigned by the legal office.


  • 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.
  • Respect for Diversity
    • Works effectively with people from all backgrounds;
    • treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making;
    • does not discriminate against any individual or group.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Planning and Organizing
    • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
    • Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
    • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
    • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
    • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
    • Uses time efficiently

    Technological Awareness

    • Keeps abreast of available technology
    • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
    • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
    • Shows willingness to learn new technology


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

  • Professional with Legal studies and knowledge of either Public International Law, Corporate or Commercial Law.

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements

  • 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 (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.

Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme but at the time of the application must be at least 18 years old.
  • However, applicants are encouraged to list all relevant work experience in their PHP.
  • Prior experience in a legal and research based work environment will be considered as an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship.
  • Knowledge of French is an asset


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