Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (4 POSTS), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 February 2019 - 12 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-112207-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

These positions are located in the Scientific and Technical Assistance Branch (STA), the Conferences and Information Services Branch (CIS) and the Executive Office of UNEP's Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Geneva.

The STA Branch is responsible for managing the scientific and technical assistance work of the Secretariat in accordance with the relevant mandates provided by the Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions. The Branch manages the development of technical documents such as guidelines and guidance. It collects, reviews, assesses and evaluates scientific and technical information relevant to the programme of work of the secretariat including information provided by Parties, as it relates to the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

The CIS Branch is responsible for the provision of conference services, information technology, knowledge management, public awareness and outreach and media relations.

The Executive Office manages the overall functioning of the Secretariat and oversees and monitors the delivery of services to the parties to the three conventions.

The internship is for six (6) months. The Internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 - 40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


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

Under the direct supervision of assigned programme officers, the interns will: support the implementation of the 2018-2019 work programme of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Duties may include:

•Undertake activities to support for the preparations of, during and following up to the 2019 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions;

•Provide support for the organization of the Information Fair to be held during the 2019 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties.
•Research and analysis of documentation, drafting of letters and other documents, such as presentations, handouts and brochures
•Undertake activities to assist with the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (e.g. research and analyze documentation, prepare technical documents, revise technical documents, assist in communication with the parties to the conventions, revise technical webpages, draft letters, brochures and handout material).
•Facilitate organizing workshops/meetings with parties to the three conventions;
•Support the implementation of the activities relating to increasing notifications of FRAs.
•Support the activities related to National Reporting under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
•Support the Scientific and Technical Assistance Branch in work related to the subsidiary bodies of the three conventions
•Support the knowledge management team in reviewing and updating the content of the secretariats Websites and maintain and upgrading the web user interfaces;
•Support the maintenance of databases and other electronic repositories and the configuration of reporting tools.
•Perform any other duties assigned.


-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


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;

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.

Preferred area of study: Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Natural Science., Information technology, international relations.

Work Experience

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

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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