INTERN - English Editor [Temporary]
United Nations
9d ago

Org. Setting and Reporting

APCTT strives to strengthen the national capacity of member countries to nurture and promote National Innovation Systems (NIS) for fostering technology-

based sustainable development. The Centre focuses on creating an enabling environment for the development and transfer of technologies so that the member countries could meet the development challenges in today’s globalized world.

The internship at the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is for a minimum of two months with an opportunity to extend it for not more than six months, if required by APCTT.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

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


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following :

1. Proofreading texts for errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Correct issues relating to style and editorial policy.

  • 2. Editing English language of the draft documents, concept notes and project documents for technical cooperation, background papers for the APCTT Governing Council, policy papers, publications;
  • texts on APCTT website; information flyers, among others.

    3. Checking for repetition and summarizing succinctly to send clear messages to the intended stakeholders.

    4. Editing the presentation style of the draft and the appropriateness in line with the UN templates.

    5. Other ad-hoc duties related to technical cooperation project implementations assigned by a staff / the Head of APCTT.

    The intern will work with the designated staff of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) in the implementation of the Centre’s substantive work programme.

    The work programme broadly involves developing and promoting regional mechanisms and platforms, capacity building of policymakers and institutions and carrying out normative and analytical work to assist ESCAP member countries in the following areas :

  • National Innovation Systems (NIS), Technology Innovation Management, Development and Transfer of Technology; Technology Facilitation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a specific focus on food and nutritional security, energy security and environmental sustainability;
  • New and Emerging technologies (e.g. biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICT, Internet of Things, and renewable energy); Technology Intelligence Services (e.

    g. periodicals & publications, research & analytical studies); and Digital Strategy (websites, social media etc. to enhance the outreach and impact of the programme outputs and outcomes).

    The nature of the work that would be assigned to an intern would depend on the intern's academic and professional background and his / her area of interest meeting the requirements of the work programme of the Centre.

    The interns will be provided with specific TOR (terms of reference) relevant to the particular programme area assigned to them.


    Communication : Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.

    Teamwork : Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.

    Client Orientation : Considers all those to whom services are provided to be clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.

  • Planning & Organizing : Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • adjusts priorities as required.


    To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements :

    a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

    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 relevant university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.

    Work Experience

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

  • They shall be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • They should have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

    They should have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


    Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. A candidate with a native speaker of English will have an advantage.


    Feedback from supervisors.

    Special Notice

    The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

    The term sexual exploitation means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another.

    The term sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-

    link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11 : 59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee



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