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Working at the Australian Mission to the UN

There are three main ways that you can seek to work at the Australian Mission to the United Nations. You can either be employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as a Locally Engaged Staff (LES) member or as an intern.

 

Current Vacancies

Applications are now open for the position of Development Advisor. For further information visit http://www.newyork.usa.embassy.gov.au/nycg/PosVacDevAdv.html

 

 

Working for DFAT

DFAT employees are recruited via a competitive process either as part of the annual graduate intake or to fill vacancies as required.

DFAT employees are generally recruited to work in Canberra and will then apply for an overseas postings a Mission, such as the Australian Mission to the UN. More than 80% of those people working at the Mission are DFAT employees working in a foreign policy, public diplomacy or legal field.

For information about DFAT employment go to http://www.dfat.gov.au/jobs

 

Locally Engaged Staff (LES)

LES are those people working at the Mission that are employed locally and possess the necessary skills and qualifications to fill a specific need or vacancy. LES are recruited via a competitive process.

Around 20 per cent of staff at the Australian Mission to the UN are LES and they are employed to work in policy, aid, administration and public affairs.

LES vacancies to the Australian Mission to the UN are generally advertised in local and Australian newspapers, as well as on this website.

Please see any vacancies listed  above for information about current LES vacancies.

 

Internship Opportunities

The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations has two types of internship programs – the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) internship program, which runs between September and December each year; and an ad-hoc internship program which runs for periods outside of UNGA, depending on the Mission’s work program.

The Mission seeks candidates with the appropriate skills, education and knowledge to contribute to advancing Australia’s national interests in the United Nations. To be eligible for either internship program, candidates must be Australian citizens.

All intern applicants should possess:

Prior exposure to, or demonstrated knowledge of, the United Nations system and Australian policies and priorities within the United Nations are highly desirable.

 

United Nations General Assembly Internship Program

Each year the Australian Mission offers six internship positions that run for the duration of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The General Assembly begins mid-September and continues until mid-December. The Mission’s 2015 UNGA Internship Program will commence on Monday 14 September.

 

The Internship

The Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York is one of four posts representing Australia’s interests in the United Nations system. The other posts are in Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi.

The Mission serves as the nucleus of the Australian delegation to the regular sessions of the General Assembly and represents Australia at a range of UN meetings that take place when the Assembly is not in session.

The work of the Mission is intense and diverse, requiring flexibility, analytical thinking and a firm understanding of diplomatic principles. The environment is complex and demanding but the work is highly rewarding for the right people.

Interns will work under the guidance of experienced officers and will be expected to contribute to the regular diplomatic reporting undertaken by the Mission. They will primarily assist with policy work on the six main UNGA Committees – for example, attending committees and meetings, and assisting with negotiations of texts and resolutions.

Interns represent the Australian Government in a formal capacity in an international environment, therefore social and cultural maturities, as well as being a clear communicator, are essential qualities.

 

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is a very important part of the United Nations calendar. During this period interns should expect to attend several formal and informal meetings a day. The daily meetings of the General Assembly and its main committees take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm with regional and other groups often meeting in the morning, through the lunch break and at other times throughout the session. Be prepared for a busy schedule and working days that will often extend beyond these set times.

 

Key Selection Criteria

The Key Selection Criteria for the UNGA Internship program are:

 

Our internship training

The first week of the UNGA internship program will include briefings and training on the workings of the Mission and the UN as a whole. Once the General Assembly is in session, the training provided to interns at the Mission is very much ‘on-the-job’. Interns will learn first-hand how the foreign service functions and gain a useful understanding of international negotiations.

Over the course of the internship, they will develop a working knowledge of key UN departments and personnel and come to grips with the complexities of UN protocol and rules of procedure.

 

Conduct and Ethics

The Mission demands the highest standards of professional conduct from its employees. Ethical conduct by staff and interns contributes significantly to the efficiency and effectiveness of the workplace and to the standing of the Mission in New York, Australia and internationally.

In agreeing to participate in the Mission’s Internship Program and undertake duties as directed, interns are required to comply with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Locally Engaged Staff Code of Conduct, which takes account of the particular significance of the department’s representational role outside of Australia. They should be ready to accept direction and guidance from Mission officers.

 

Funding Assistance

Interns receive a monthly stipend of $1400 USD to assist with living expenses in New York City. Please note that this is not a salary and it does not constitute an employee/employer relationship.

Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and health insurance arrangements.

The Mission will assist with visa arrangements.

 

Obligatory requirements

To be an eligible applicant, you must:

 

Key dates 2015 – UNGA Internship

16 March 2015:  Applications open

6 April 2015:  Applications close

Mid-April 2015:  Internship Committee meets

End of April 2015:  Short-listed applicants contacted for interviews

End of May 2015:  Internship offers extended to successful applicants

June 2015:  Successful applicants undertake police check clearance

14 September 2015:  Internship program commences in New York

18 December 2015:  Internship program concludes (please note that this date will vary across Committees)

 

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

Please note that responses over the word limits will not be considered.

Applications for the 2015 UNGA Internship Program must be received by the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York by 5pm local time, Monday 6 April 2015. 

Please send applications to: unny.generalassembly@dfat.gov.au

For further information please contact Virginia Tanchez on virginia.tanchez@dfat.gov.au

 

Ad Hoc Internship Program

ECOSOC intern

The Australian Mission to the United Nations is offering the opportunity for one individual to intern with the Economic, Development and Humanitarian Team from Monday 25 May to Friday 31 July 2015.

 

This is a particularly busy period on Economic and Development issues at the United Nations as the bulk of the annual meetings of the Economic and Social Council are held during this time. There will also be a number of associated meetings and events, including those of the Executive Boards of UN Development Agencies.

 

The internship will provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and exposure to a broad selection of Development and Humanitarian issues, and the way that these are addressed by the UN.

 

The ECOSOC intern will work under the guidance of experienced officers and will be expected to contribute to the regular diplomatic reporting undertaken by the Mission, primarily assisting with policy work on ECOSOC and subsidiary bodies, as well as attending committees and meetings, and assisting with negotiations of texts and resolutions.

 

ECOSOC

Australia is one of the 54 members of the Economic and Social Council, which is the principal body of the UN for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social, and environmental issues. It is also the main body for the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, making 2015 a unique year to be involved as member states work to agree a new global framework for sustainable development.

 

The daily meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm with a variety of other meetings often taking place in the morning, through the lunch break, and at other times throughout the session. Be prepared for a busy schedule and working days that will often extend beyond these set times.

 

Our internship training

The training provided to the intern as part of the ECOSOC session is very much ‘on-the-job’. The intern will learn first-hand how the foreign service functions and gain a useful understanding of international negotiations.

 

Over the course of the summer the intern will develop a working knowledge of key UN departments and personnel, and come to grips with the complexities of UN protocol and rules of procedure.

 

Key Selection Criteria

 

Conduct and Ethics

The Mission demands the highest standards of professional conduct from its employees. Ethical conduct by staff and interns contributes significantly to the efficiency and effectiveness of the workplace and to the standing of the Mission in New York, Australia and internationally.

The successful applicant will be required to comply with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Locally Engaged Staff Code of Conduct, which takes account of the particular significance of the department’s representational role outside of Australia.

 

Funding Assistance

The ECOSOC intern will receive a monthly stipend of $1400 USD to assist with living expenses in New York City. Please note that this is not a salary and it does not constitute an employee/employer relationship.

 

Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and health insurance arrangements.

 

The Mission will assist with visa arrangements.

 

Obligatory requirements

To be an eligible applicant, you must:

 

 

 

Applications close Monday 6 April

 

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

 

 

(please note that responses over the word limits will not be considered)

 

Applications for the ECOSOC internship must be received by the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York by 5pm local time, Monday 6 April 2015.

 

Please send applications to:

 

unny.generalassembly@dfat.gov.au

 

For further information please contact Virginia Tanchez on virginia.tanchez@dfat.gov.au

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