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UN-ECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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The internship is located in the Market Institutions Section of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The internship is for two (2) months with a possibility for extension, depending on the needs of the section.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The Market Institutions Section deals with critical drivers of market functionality , including but not limited to issues such as standards and norms, competition, investment and intellectual property.

The focus of this internship will be to assist the section in its work to undertake research and analysis on two publications about “Towards a Common Investment Area in the African Continental Free Trade Area: global impacts and policy Options Towards Leveling the Playing Field for Intra-African Investment and economic transformation” and “Revisiting policy, legislation and institutions for industrial development in Africa”.


Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Market Institutions Section and within delegated authority, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

• Assist in compiling information and data on Africa investment flows and trends. Contribute in the review and analysis of challenges and opportunities surrounding these trends. Contribute in the review of existing policies, legislation and institutions for effective industrial development Africa.
• Assist with collection of data, analysis and overall research on the aforementioned topics.
• Assist with other tasks as needed and participate in some day-to-day operational tasks of the section. This may include servicing requests for research information; support for developing presentations; etc.


-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

-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

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
-Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
• Applicants must 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); or (c) 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
• 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in either English or French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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. 

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