Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS- Consumption and Production Unit, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 06 January 2020 - 20 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-128546-J-Paris (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN 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 internship is with the Sustainable Tourism, Eco-innovation and Texile teams at UNEP, Economy Division, Paris, France. It is to start on 17 February 2020 and is for a duration of six months. Please do not apply if you are not available for the whole duration of the internship, at the set time and date.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work 35 hours five days per week.


Under the direct supervision of the responsible Programme Officers, the intern will assist with the development of the communication and research activities of the Eco-innovation, Textile and Sustainable Tourism Programme projects. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
•Support the monitoring and reporting activities of the project as well as the development of reports
•Conduct desktop research to support the implementation of the private sector engagement
•Support data collection processes from engaged businesses, ensuring technical quality, and conducting preliminary analysis
•Assist the launch of the GHG and resource efficiency guideline and support the launch of a communication campaign to tackle single-use plastics in the tourism sector and the development of business case studies
•Assist in the development of presentations, newsletters and communication materials for advocating and promoting sustainable tourism, eco-innovation and textiles in international events, meetings or conferences
•Support the project website update and the knowledge management database of the IKI Tourism Project, as well as the eco-innovation project.

The intern will support the implementation of the following projects:

‘Transforming Tourism Value Chains in Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to accelerate more resilient, resource efficient, low carbon development’.
The overarching goal of this project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resource efficiency in three tourism value chains: food and beverages, accommodation, and, collectively, in meetings, incentives, conferences and events (known as MICE). The project analyses the respective value chains, prepare policy recommendations, and develop concrete action plans that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve resource efficiency in at least 100 business along the value chain. In addition, partners in the project will develop a monitoring and reporting system that will enable countries (Philippines, Dominican Republic, Mauritius, and Saint Lucia) to account for their achievements under international agreements.

•The One Planet Network and its programmes

The One Planet network has formed to implement the global commitments to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries and to advance towards the Sustainable Development Goal 12. It is a multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable development, generating collective impact through its six programmes: Public Procurement, Buildings and Construction, Tourism, Food Systems, Consumer Information, and Lifestyles and Education. The UN Environment Programme is a regular contributor to its One Planet Knowledge hub across the work of the two Programmes on sustainable public procurement and sustainable tourism.

Eco-innovation and textiles
Eco-innovation is the development and application of a business model, shaped by a new business strategy that incorporates sustainability throughout all business operations based on life cycle thinking and in cooperation with partners across the value chain. UNEP assists especially small and medium-sized enterprises to apply this methodology, but also promotes this approach to policy makers and other actors in key value chains. A particular focus is the textile value chains, where UNEP aims to provide knowledge and leadership by convening partners with the aim to make the value chain circular and sustainable.


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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


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.

Work Experience

Not applicable


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 another UN Language is desirable.


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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