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; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and trans-boundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; 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).

  • 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.

  • The Centre recently established a new work programme to analyze the important linkages between trade and climate change. The world’s environmental emergencies are as pressing as ever, even if they may seem distant during the pandemic. Covid-19 has shed light on the fragility of Africa’s supply chains, highlighting the urgency to develop more robust and resilient regional value chains to face future climate change shocks. Trade can help to mitigate climate change and adapt to its adverse effects.

  • Trade also offers enormous potential for climate change cooperation, and there is scope to be more innovative in regional trade agreements (RTAs) than at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The landmark African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) opens new opportunities for tackling climate change in Africa, and in turn delivering on the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on climate action.

    The trade and climate change programme focuses on five key areas:

  • Research on the important human rights and inclusivity implications of the trade and climate change nexus in Africa

  • Policy research on integrating environmental sustainability issues in Africa’s regional and multilateral trade policy positions and agreements

  • Policy advice and advocacy on how the AfCFTA can be driven in a climate friendly manner (phase I, II, III issues and implementation), informed by economic modelling

  • Development of AfCFTA implementation strategies that guide how natural resources can be used to develop green and blue economy value chains

  • In this context, ATPC is hiring a intern to support the Centre's trade and climate change work programme.

  • The focus of this internship will be to support ATPC's trade and climate change programme.


  • 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.

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

  • 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 is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

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

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