The Office of Administration of Justice (OAJ) is an independent office responsible for the overall coordination of the formal system of administration of justice at the United Nations. It is headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Secretary-General. The Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA) is part of the Office of Administration of Justice. With its headquarters in New York, the Office of Administration of Justice also has a presence — through the UNDT Registries and the branch offices of the Office of Staff Legal Assistance — in Geneva, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Beirut.
OSLA is independent from the UN staff unions, management or other actors. OSLA affiliated counsels have a responsibility to act in the interest of the client staff member, former staff member or affected dependant of a staff member. As officers of the court before the UNDT and UNAT, OSLA counsel are required to perform their duties in accordance with established professional, ethical and legal obligations.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in OSLA.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Assisting in conducting legal research on issues relating to international public administrative and employment law required for providing legal advice and representation to OSLA’s clients;
• Assisting in client and file management including conducting client interviews, planning litigation strategy under the supervision of OSLA legal officers;
• Assisting in drafting legal documents and submissions to the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals;
• Assisting in drafting legal documents including submissions to the UN Dispute and Appeals Tribunals;
• Attending and taking notes at interviews, conferences and hearings;
• Working on presentations and/or other information for client outreach and promotion of rule of law in the UN system;
• Undertaking other tasks as requested.
• 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.
• 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; adjust 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.
To qualify for consideration for this internship by the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
1. Applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s degree or PhD-Programme at the time of the application and during the internship (i.e. LLM, JD or equivalent).
2. Applicants pursuing their studies in countries where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a degree.
Be computer literate in standard software applications, including database management, PowerPoint and Excel.
Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and,
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. For further details on the exact rules and regulations governing an internship position with the United Nations Secretariat, please consult: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=ip
* are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme;
* be computer literate in all 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
* have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand;
* be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required for the Internship. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly and may be required to submit for a written test and/or telephone interview.
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 most suitable candidate for this specific internship;
* Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme (How will this internship support your educational/professional goals and objectives?).
In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, language and IT-skills, and three references. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, we are unfortunately not in a position to reply or give feedback to each application. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.