Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 21 March 2019 - 04 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-113678-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.

The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a United Nations (UN) System-wide coordination body on environment and human settlements established in 2001 pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 53/242 in July 1999. The Group is supported by a secretariat provided by UN Environment, located in Geneva, Switzerland. The EMG membership consists of the specialized agencies, programmes and organs of the United Nations including the secretariats of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

The EMG identifies issues on the international environmental agenda that warrant cooperation, and finds ways of engaging its collective capacity in coherent management responses to those issues. In accordance with its Terms of Reference the EMG works through technical meetings, Issue Management Groups, Consultative Processes and Task Teams.

EMG seeks to recruit an Intern to offer support to the different EMG works streams.

The internship is UNPAID and is for a duration of six (6) months.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, EMG, the intern will assist the EMG Secretariat in its work to enhance collaboration in the UN system in the field of environment especially on environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals. The intern will be tasked to support the Secretariat in the following areas:

1.System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment;
2.Peer Review of the environmental management of the UN agencies;
3.EMG Nexus Dialogues;

The internship will include the following tasks but is not limited to:

-Draft/summarize documents and develop guidance materials on related topics;
-Prepare a quarterly newsletter and develop content for social media;
-Assist in the organization of meetings/workshops (e.g. prepare meeting documents and presentation material) and take notes during meetings;
-Offer support for the activities of the Issue Management Group on environmental and social sustainability;
-Any other duties as assigned.

The details of the above activities and EMG areas of work are available in the EMG website:



-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 clients.


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

(1) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(2) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(3) Have graduated with a university degree as defined in (1) and (2) above and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year period of graduation.

Specific to this Internship position, Candidates with a postgraduate qualification in environmental studies and/or social science with a genuine interest in and understanding of environmental issues, the work of the United Nations Environment Programme and developing content and design of visual material and infographics are highly desirable.

Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications, including MS Suite (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook) and social media tools. Knowledge of design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and CMS tools such as WordPress is a plus.


Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, however, experience working in an international office environment with issues related to International Environmental Governance and sustainable development from an environmental perspective will be an added advantage.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French or other official languages of the UN is an added advantage.


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 in a graduate school (click on link to access and attach to your application:,

3.List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using.

4. 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.

No Fee


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