Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 20 July 2021 - 19 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-159788-J-Panama City (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States, with a population of about 650 million people. The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA).

The overall objective of the Environmental Governance Unit is to support national and regional decision-making processes for environmental governance, contribute to the strengthening of capacities to implement international environmental agreements at the national level through appropriate legal and institutional measures and promotes the integration of environmental sustainability in development at all levels.

Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Governance Regional Coordinator in the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the intern(s) will support the Caribbean Biological Corridor (CBC) project.

The CBC is an Initiative of the ministries of environment of four countries: Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It works with the organizational support of the Latin America and Caribbean Office of UNEP and the financial support provided by the European Union through various projects.

The current project, Strengthening the Caribbean Biological Corridor, seeks to establish a strong, collectively sustained and institutionalized approach at the regional level for the conservation, maintenance and governance of terrestrial and maritime biodiversity in the hot spot of the Caribbean Islands, initially focused on Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but with a progressive and well-structured expansion to other countries and territories. It will build and demonstrate significant positive links between conservation, connectivity, livelihoods, and poverty reduction through targeted field activities and a targeted communication program. It will bring with it a sustainable and integrated knowledge of the system for maintaining biodiversity and biological connectivity, more harmonized policies and instruments, adequate and compatible training among the participating countries and institutions, as well as sustainable cooperation mechanisms between countries and institutions at the political level, scientific, technical and civil society. Selected project actions will help raise awareness about the Caribbean Biological Corridor, while partnerships with programs and stakeholders involved in broader field actions will support the achievement of the Caribbean Biological Corridor objectives.

One (or more) intern(s) is sought for a six-month internship period.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Environmental Governance Unit.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Governance Regional Coordinator of the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the intern will be supporting the following projects and initiatives:

•Support the “Strengthening the Caribbean Biological Corridor” Project day-to-day activities.
•Engage with the CBC team in coordination meetings to organize the delivery of products.
•Analyze technical documents produced by the team.
•Provide support to the CBC project in reviewing and editing communications materials that are being produced.
•Engage with the CBC project partner to organize the review and edits of communications materials that are produced according to the Agreement previously established.
•Identify communications opportunities in coordination the CBC Project partner, and propose the publication and dissemination across different channels in coordination with the UNEP Communications Department.
•Provide support in the elaboration of briefing notes, news pieces, presentations, translations, draft reports and publications as necessary.
•Develop a communications roadmap and strategy for the celebration of the CBC’s 15th Anniversary in 2022.

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 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.

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.

Previous experience, knowledge or demonstrated interest in the Caribbean, in particular the countries of the Caribbean Biological Corridor is desirable

Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in environmental policy, climate change, natural resource management, development, energy efficiency, environmental communications, biology, communications and marketing, environmental management and/or related field of studies preferred.

Have advanced organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

IYour 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

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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