United Nations Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

  • The mission will be guided by ECA's five new strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solution to the continent; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

  • The internship is located in the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

  • The internship is for three (3) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the section.

  • The internship is UNPAID, full-time, and home-based.

  • Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


  • Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Coordinator and assigned staff of ATPC, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

  • Advise on the mainstreaming of climate change and environmental sustainability considerations in AfCFTA National Implementation Strategies supported by ATPC

  • Assess the potential impact of the international environmental standards agenda on the competitiveness and performance of African firms in global value chains

  • Guide on complementary efforts required to assist African firms to comply with international environmental standards

  • Recommend options for prioritizing the development and harmonization of environmental standards when implementing the AfCFTA Annexes on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures

  • Advise on how the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) program on ECOMARK AFRICA (EMA) can be used as a basis to inform the rollout of the Eco-Mark ecolabel in Africa for sustainably produced products and services
  • Recommend on how the human rights framework can be applied to support African countries to build back better through climate friendly trade

    The deliverables from this assignment may include:

  • Criteria / checklist for incorporating climate change and environmental sustainability considerations in AfCFTA National Implementation Strategies

  • Policy brief on strengthening environmental standards and promoting ECOMARK AFRICA in the context of the AfCFTA

  • Database of trade and climate change partners and stakeholders, and documented success stories

  • Contributions to other research and knowledge products on trade and climate change

  • Support to webinars organized on the trade, climate change and human rights nexus



  • 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:

  • 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); or (

  • 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.

  • This is an ongoing advertisement. The successful candidates may be contacted at any time within the posting period or shortly thereafter.

    Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

  • Experience in research in the African context, preferably regarding trade, standardization, or climate change and sustainable development issues, is desirable. Understanding of

  • Africa's regional integration agenda, especially the AfCFTA, is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Internship Programme advertised, fluency in English

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia

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