Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - COMMUNICATIONS INTERN, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 May 2019 - 03 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-UNEP-117133-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.

As part of UN Environment's Policy and Programme Division, the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch extends UN Environment's work to areas of the world where the natural and human environment have been damaged from conflicts or disasters. Specialized environmental expertise is provided to rapidly identify risks to health, livelihoods and ecosystem services and to integrate environmental needs within the recovery process.

The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch promotes sustainable management of natural resources in conflict and disaster affected countries. It works across four core pillars:
- Post-Crisis Environmental Assessments
- Post-Crisis Environmental Recovery
- Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding, and
- Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Branch"s work demonstrates to decision makers the importance of natural resources management as a precondition for sustainable development and as an instrument for peace building and disaster risk reduction. Since 1999, the team has conducted field operations in over 40 countries and works in close cooperation with the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding frameworks of the UN system. More information can be found at https://www.unenvironment.orH/explore-topics/disasters-conflicts.

Communication is a key strategic priority for UN Environment as part of the organization's mandate to advocate for the environment. This is achieved through a wide range of communication activities at national and global level, including an active social media presence. The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch is working directly with teams in Haiti, Afghanistan, Sudan and South Sudan, as well as at a global level on communications related to its work.

An intern is required to support the work of the Communications Unit. The intern will be exposed to the work done at the Crisis Management Branch and will have the opportunity to gain insight into UN Environment's work in conflict-affected environments more generally. The intern will be given tasks to undertake both autonomously, as well as in collaboration with other colleagues working on related issues.

In addition to day-to-day interaction through her/his work within the Communications Unit, weekly planning meetings will be held to ensure that the intern feels adequately supported in her/his work and to provide a regular and open platform for suggestions.

The UN Environment Internship on Communications is for 3-6 month. Internships accepted on a rolling-basis throughout the year.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time.

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.


An intern is required to support the Communications and Media Team, who service all of the Crisis Management Branch's programmes and workstreams, with the following tasks:

Support the Crisis Management Branch's communications and outreach activities:
- Contribute to the preparation of communications campaigns for international days, including but not limited to: World Environment Day (5 June), International Day of Peace (21 September),
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (October "l 3), International Day for Preventing the Exploijation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (November 6);
- Contribute to the preparation and logistics of public events and conferences in Geneva;
- Support with editing and writing of news articles, blogs and social media posts;
- Contribute to the regular updating of the Crisis Management Branch's photo repository, ensuring that photos are of good quality, captions are accurate, and credits are properly
- Support with the creation of communications products, such as presentations flyers, factsheets, etc.;
- Support with the updating of the Disasters and Conflicts section of UN Environment's website, including coordinating with relevant programme leads;
-Support the Crisis Management Branch's Knowledge Management activities, including updating publications lists and databases:
- Provide support to the maintenance of the Crisis Management Branch's regional Facebook pages;
- Support monitoring and evaluation tasks related to the communication activities of the Crisis Management Branch;
- Explore new communication channels and creative ways for the Crisis Management Branch to improve its communications;
- Support in taking meeting minutes for the weekly staff meeting, as requested;
- Where relevant, undertake short English to French/Arabic translation tasks to broaden the reach of communications products;
- Any other tasks, as requested.


Core Competencies:
-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: The intern should be currently enrolled in a Master's programme related to Communications (Public Relations, Media, Journalism, etc.), Social Sciences (International Relations, Public Affairs, Conflict/Peace Studies, Humanitarian Action, International Development, etc.) or Environmental Sciences; a first-level degree in a different field is an asset.

- Familiarity with and interest in all major social media platforms
- High level of attention to detail; ability to work independently and take the initiative; strong organizational and planning ability; capacity for innovation and creativity in approaching problems
- Prior work or academic experience with cr6ss-cutting or nexus issues (i.e. ability to think beyond own field and understand linkages with other dimensions)
- Prior experience in communicating complex multi-dimensional issues to a non-specialized audience

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 in French and Arabic is desired.


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) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A 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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