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ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, with the mission to connect the world. To achieve this, ITU manages the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits at the international level, works to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishes global standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communication systems. ITU also organizes global Telecom events bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the private sector to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all.


Unpaid Internship - Junior Project Officer (WSIS Stocktaking) 


Vacancy notice no: 840 
Sector: SG
Department: SPM
Country of contract: Remote
Duty station: Home Based


Position number: [[positionNumber]] 
Grade: [[PositionGrade]] 
Type of contract: Internship
Duration of contract: 6 months
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 22 September 2022




The General Secretariat directs all the administrative and financial aspects of the Union's activities, including the implementation of the provisions of the administrative regulations on operational questions, the dissemination of information on telecommunication matters for operational and other purposes, the provision of legal advice to the Bureaux of the Union and the departments of the General Secretariat, logistic support to the Union's activities including conferences, the coordination of the work of the Union with other international organizations, the dissemination of information to the Member States and Sector Members, press, corporate and individual users of telecommunications and the general public. The General Secretariat is also responsible for the organization of world telecommunication exhibitions and forums.


Within the General Secretariat, the Strategic Planning and Membership Department (SPM) advises the Secretary-General on strategic challenges and their implications for the Union in the fast evolving telecommunications/ICT environment; develops forward-looking strategic proposals to the ITU management team with a view to ensuring that the organization meets the objectives assigned by the membership; plans and coordinates the corporative and strategic activities with a view to ensuring their accordance with membership objectives; organizes and provides secretariat services to the Plenipotentiary Conference, Council, and other meetings in the general secretariat in order to achieve a high level of involvement from Member States and Sector Members, develops and maintains sound relations with Member States, Sector Members and other entities, the UN and other international organizations. The Department is also responsible for providing expert advice on communication and promotion strategies and for developing and implementing the Union's corporate communication plan in cooperation with the three Sectors with a view to promoting ITU leadership in the field of telecommunications and ICT.


Under the supervision of the designated officer, the intern will:

• Support coordination of the WSIS Stocktaking Platform;
• Support activities related to the implementation of the WSIS Stocktaking publications. It will include researching, drafting and editing of WSIS Stocktaking reports, development of project documentation, preparing presentations; 
• Support activities related to the WSIS Prizes and WSIS Photo Contest, special repositories on gender mainstreaming, healthy ageing, indigenous peoples and cultures, and others;
• Assist in the preparation of WSIS related events.


• Excellent organizational skills, including good time management; 
• Excellent research and editing skills;
• Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders, including government, private sector, civil society and academic institutions;
• Excellent computer skills, including promotion through social media;
• Ability to work in an international environment;
• Experience in drafting publications will be an advantage.



University degree in communications, development studies, international relations, business administration, public relations, economics, political science or sociology.


No work experience required.


Excellent knowledge of English for conducting research and producing documents (drafting and editing).
Knowledge of a second ITU official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) would be an advantage.


Unpaid Internship.


Please note that a non-remunerated Internship position at ITU does not carry the same conditions of employment as a Short-term or a Fixed-term position. Mandatory Medical Insurance, travel expenses, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or sponsoring institutions.

Internship will be conducted remotely, unless the candidate has the possibility to come to Geneva. This will be further discussed during interviews of the selected candidates.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account - - should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.