Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (5 Positions), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 29 February 2020 - 14 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-132796-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 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates international trade in specimens (plants, animals and parts and derivatives thereof) of about 36,000 species listed in the three Appendices of the Convention. In order to efficiently implement the Convention and ensure that when international wildlife trade occurs, it is legal, sustainable and traceable, Parties to CITES need to have in place adequate national legislation and designate one or more Management and Scientific authorities. The role of the Secretariat is to support Parties in the effective implementation of the Convention and the related Resolutions and Decisions. To further assist Parties and to ensure that the Convention continues to respond to current conservation needs and challenges, the Conference of the Parties is directing the Secretariat to undertake an increasing number of specific activities. The Secretariat is also tasked with organizing the annual meetings of the permanent committees and with organizing smaller ad hoc workshops and consultations.

Five internship positions are available.

The Internships will be for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of six (6) months. The timing of the internship can be flexible according to the prospective interns’ availability and academic constraints.

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.

An intern with the CITES Secretariat is not a staff member of the CITES Secretariat, therefore, the privileges and immunities agreed between the CITES Secretariat and the host Government do not apply to interns. An intern is not financially remunerated by the CITES Secretariat. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.

Responsibilities

Specific tasks and support will depend on the individual's background as well as the internship period.

1.Scientific Support Services (1 intern):

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the CITES Scientific Services Team, the intern will:
•Assist with conducting research and analyses related to the implementation of specific CoP Decisions and Resolutions
•Assist in conducting background research for the preparation of substantive meeting documents
•Compile and prepare analyses of information submitted by Parties in response to various calls for information related to their implementation of the Convention
•Assist with other tasks as assigned by the supervisor of the intern

The following Qualifications are required for this internship:
•academic qualifications mentioned above in a relevant scientific area, including conservation biology; environmental or political sciences; wildlife, forestry or fishery management, etc.;
•Ability to undertake research, and provide analytical and programmatic support, and compile, organize and analyze data; and
•Interest to working at the science-policy interface

2.Regulatory Services (1 Intern)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the CITES Regulatory Services Team, the intern will:
•Assist with conducting research and analyses related to the implementation of specific CoP Decisions and Resolutions
•Assist in conducting background research for the preparation of substantive meeting documents
•Compile and prepare analyses of information submitted by Parties in response to various calls for information related to their implementation of the Convention
•Assist with other tasks as assigned by the supervisor of the intern

The following Qualifications are required for this internship:
•Academic qualifications mentioned above in the fields of law (public, international, criminal, environmental) or social sciences;
•Interest and motivation to work on legal, compliance and/or enforcement matters related to CITES;
•Experience with compliance or enforcement (judiciary, customs, polices, wildlife authority) will be an asset

3.Governing Bodies and Meeting Services (1 Intern)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the CITES Governing Bodies and Meetings Services Team, the intern will:
•Assist in the preparation of documents and reports to be submitted to the CITES Permanent Committees.
•Assist with other tasks as assigned by the supervisor of the intern

The following Qualifications are required for this internship:
•Organizational skills
•Be detail-oriented and thorough;
•Knowledge of archiving and cataloguing could be an advantage
•Knowledge of French or Spanish is highly desirable

4.Knowledge Management and Outreach Services (1 Intern)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the CITES Knowledge Management and Outreach Services Team, the intern will:

•Assist in the maintenance of assigned CITES webpages
•Assist in outreach and media work
•Assist in responding to queries or preparing elements of responses

The following Qualifications are required for this internship:
•Academic background and experience in communication or computer science (including social media, web development/management)
•Knowledge of French or Spanish is highly desirable
•Knowledge and experience in desktop design is an advantage

5.Administrative Services

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer of the CITES Administrative Services Team, the intern will:

•Assist in the process of planning and organizing meetings, telephone conferences and side-events;
•Assist with archiving and record-keeping;
•Assist in collecting administrative and financial data for uploading into database
•Assist with other tasks as assigned by the supervisor of the intern

The following Qualifications are required for this internship:
•Academic background and experience in business administration
•Knowledge of Microsoft systems
•Knowledge of database access design is an advantage

Competencies

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

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

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

Education

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

(a) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(b) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent or higher); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree

Candidate should demonstrate keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.

Candidate should 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.

Be computer literate in standard software applications and be fully proficient in computer skills and use of web based platforms and relevant software e.g. word processing, PowerPoint, excel, internal databases, Internet etc.

Preferred area of study: International Relations or Environmental Science (see above academic requirements per internship).
Additional Requirements:
•Some knowledge and understanding of CITES and its mandate
•Good computer skills
•Good interpersonal skills, respectful and ethical behavior

Work Experience

Are you a student in a Bachelor's (final year), Master's or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree course?
Will you be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, health insurance and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?

Languages

Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French and Spanish (working languages of the CITES) and of other languages, such as Arabic, Chinese or Russian, will be an desirable.

Assessment

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.

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No Fee

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