Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MONTREAL
Posting Period: 11 April 2019 - 25 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-115165-J-Montreal (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 UN system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This internship opportunity is located in the Secretariat of Multilateral Fund (Fund Secretariat) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. The Fund, which is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth's ozone layer, was established in 1991 for the purposes of providing financial and technical cooperation, including the transfer of technologies, to Article 5 Parties of the Montreal Protocol to enable their compliance with the control measures set out in the Protocol. The Fund Secretariat, which is administered by UNEP and is located in Montreal, assists the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund in this task.

The internship is for a minimum of three months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Secretariat. Interns work five days per week (35 - 40 hours), under the supervision of the Deputy Chief Officer. The internship is UNPAID and full time.


The duties may include but not limited to:
•Research, compile, analyse, summarize, and present relevant data and information for the preparation of policy documents such as on programme support units (PMUs), which are supported by the Multilateral Fund in the implementation of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) phase-out management plans (HPMPs);
•Collect, compile and analyse data and information related to the activities of the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment that are supported by the Multilateral Fund, particularly as they relate to the volume of work of Fund institutions in HCFC phase-out and hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) phase-down;
•Assist in extracting relevant data and information from existing databases, preparing lists, tables and charts for use in the preparation of project review documents for consideration by the Executive Committee at its 83rd meeting in May 2019;
•Review the agreement between the Executive Committee and individual Article 5 countries on the phase-out of ozone depleting substances, and provide comments and potential long-term obligations for monitoring, reporting, verification and enforcement under the Multilateral Fund;
•Participate in team meetings and provide support in preparation for the 83rd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund as requested; and
•Assist with other tasks, as required, especially issues associated with the Multilateral Fund in relation to the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment.


•Communication: 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.
•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.
•Teamwork: 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


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;
d. Preferred area of study: International environmental law, environmental science sustainable development or related areas.

The applicant should:

a. Be fully proficient computer skills, use of web-based platforms and relevant softwares e.g. Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel, internal databases, Internet etc.

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

c. Demonstrate 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

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

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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