Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (6 Posts), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 March 2019 - 27 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-113446-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 (UNEP) 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.

The overall objective of the UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

--The Special Programme aims to support institutional strengthening at the national level for implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Through the Special Programme, support can be provided to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation and to gain access to financial and other resources for effective frameworks for the implementation of the legally binding chemicals and waste conventions and SAICM.

--The GEF Unit of the Chemicals and Health Branch is responsible for the development and management of all GEF projects implemented by UNEP in the Chemicals and Wastes focal area. To date, the team has a portfolio of 100 projects represented over $200 mil of GEF investment supporting countries in their implementation of the Stockholm Convention, the Minamata Convention and SAICM. During the next 6 months, a key task of the team is also the negotiation of the portfolio opportunities for the next cycle of GEF.

--SAICM is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM's overall objective is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. UN Environment has overall administrative responsibility for the SAICM secretariat, which is co-located with the UN Environment cluster in Geneva, Switzerland. The secretariat is integrated within the Chemicals and Wastes Branch of the Economy Division of UN Environment.

--The Knowledge and Risk Unit of UN Environment’s Chemicals and Health Branch is leading the portfolio of priorities identified by Governments and other stakeholder under SAICM, including addressing Emerging Policy Issues and other issues of concern.

These positions are located in the Economy Division, Chemicals and Health Branch, Geneva, Switzerland.

This 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.


--Special Programme (2 interns)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the Secretariat of the Special Programme on institutional strengthening the intern will:

1.Assist the Secretariat of the Special Programme with the following tasks:
•Provide support for the monitoring of the approved projects from previous rounds of applications and the management of the fourth round of applications;
•Participate in team meetings and provide support in preparation for the fifth meeting of the Special Programme Executive Board, which is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2019;
•Provide support for the implementation of the midterm evaluation of the Special Programme;
•Assist with organizing conference calls and team meetings as well as with preparation of various written outputs, e.g. briefing notes, background papers, presentations, etc.;

2.Assist the team in increasing communication and information flow within the Branch: draft responses to routine correspondence and other relevant communication, proofread correspondences in English and revise grammar, punctuation and style, maintain files (both paper and electronic) to enhance tracking. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the individual's background as well as the internship period.

3.Assist with other tasks, as required, especially with corporate issues associated with the Chemicals and Health Branch.

--GEF Unit (1 intern)

Under the direct supervision of the respective Units’ Programme Officer/unit head, the intern will:

1.Collect, compile and analyse information related to the sound management of chemicals and waste, particularly on:
•Review of environmental and health hazard, exposure and risk related to toxic chemicals and waste;
•Review of technologies and alternatives for reducing emission and release of chemicals and waste;
•Review of national policies, capacities and needs;

2.Assist in developing and implementing projects to provide technical assistance and capacity building services to developing countries for the sound management of chemicals;

3.Assist in organising international meetings related to sound management of chemicals and waste, including drafting meeting documents, communicating with participants, supporting logistic operations;

4.Assist relevant Programme Officers/unit heads in maintaining the external and internal communications of the Chemicals and Waste Sub-programme; and

5.Perform other duties on Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality programme as requested.

--SAICM (2 interns)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordination Officer of the SAICM Secretariat the interns will:

1.Support the SAICM secretariat in the preparation of back ground documents to meeting the 2020 goal of sound chemicals management.
2.Track progress, review outcomes and summarize outcomes of projects under the GEF project.
3.Support the secretariat with other activities as required.

The specific tasks and responsibilities of the interns will be as follows:

1.Support the organisation of the Intersessional Process meeting scheduled to be held in October 2019.
2.Support the progress, communication wit stakeholders and reports for the GEF Project - Global Best Practices on Emerging Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach.
3.Assist the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
4.Assist with other related tasks as appropriate.

--Risk and Knowledge Unit (1 intern)

Under the Overall supervision of the Senior Programme Officer of the Knowledge and Risk Unit, the intern will:

1.Undertake desk research on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) global monitoring activities in support of the Stockholm Convention effectiveness evaluation.
2.Assist in developing communication materials, including graphics, videos and brochures, on topic related to the monitoring and elimination of POPs.
3.Supporting the organization of meetings related to monitoring of POPs and relevant promotional events at the Ninth Stockholm Convention Conference of Parties.
4.Assist in reviewing reports generated by partner organizations.
5.Assist in managing database and updating webpages for the POPs Global Monitoring Plan.
6.Assist any other related task 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: International Relations or Environmental Science.

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.
Knowledge of any one of the following UN languages is an advantage (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


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

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:,
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

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

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.

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