This internship is situated in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) at The International Seabed Authority (ISA) under the supervision of a legal officer or any other staff member within the OLA team. Daily tasks include assisting the team with completing and optimizing the day-to-day tasks within the office. Selections will be made on a rolling basis. Workdays are Monday to Friday. In view of the pandemic, work from home and flexi-hours arrangements are available for this role, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The minimum period for each internship role is two months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Office.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to ISA premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the assigned supervisor. The following responsibilities can be adapted, as appropriate, to fit each intern.
This opportunity is designed for an intern to work with experienced legal officers and other team members in OLA whilst at the same time developing capacity, skills, and knowledge base in the work of the ISA.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
1. Undertake background research, based on public international law as well as ocean law and policy as and when required. Assisting legal officers with the preparation and documentation work involved in preparing of annual sessions, including note taking and transcribing of recorded meetings as and when necessary.
2. Assist with the compilation of a manual/ historical document detailing the progress made by the international Seabed Authority in the development of the Draft Exploitation Regulations from its inception till date.
3. Provide administrative and quasi-legal support on the work related to the document gathering and compiling of data related to the development of a Deepsea mining registry for the International Seabed Authority.
4. Assisting with any other quasi-legal tasks that may be assigned on a rolling basis by the supervisors.
(a)be enrolled in a graduate school programme in law or related field (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
(b)be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in law or related field (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(c)have graduated with a university degree in law or related field (as defined in (a) or (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
2.Be computer literate in standard word processing and spreadsheets software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel or similar.
3.Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
4.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
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.
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