Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - COOL COALITION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 30 November 2021 - 14 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-169443-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 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.​

The intern will work with the Cities Unit, Energy and Climate Branch, of the Paris-based Economy Division. The intern will be involved in the implementation of activities related to the work of the Cool Coalition. The Cool Coalition is a global multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors from government, cities, international organizations, businesses, finance, academia, and civil society groups to facilitate knowledge exchange, advocacy and joint action towards a rapid global transition to efficient and climate-friendly cooling. The Secretariat of the Cool Coalition is based in UNEP.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. Kindly note that candidates will be personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging any travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.​

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.


Under the direct supervision of Programme Officers of the Paris-based Economy Division, the intern will work on the implementation of activities of the Cool Coalition.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:

1. Development of a resource and training hub for efficient, climate-friendly cooling
- Work with partners and the technical experts of the Cool Coalition to design trainings, webinars, discussions (or other forms of innovative delivery for training) on urban cooling and extreme heat, integrated cold chain, national cooling plans and others
- Conduct research and perform analytical work to develop draft and review policy and technology briefs and stories on sustainable energy and cooling solutions and practices

2. Delivery of outreach, high-level and technical events for the Cool Coalition
- Provide support to the Cool Coalition Secretariat for technical and high-level events, virtual and in presence, including by drafting and sharing invitations, support the event’s logistics, drafting speakers’ briefs, presentations, event reports, and distributing follow-up event material
- Support the implementation of targeted communication campaigns at the global, national and regional levels on the impacts of cooling and sustainable solutions

3. Assist implementation activities on extreme heat and urban cooling
- Provide support to country-level and city-level activities on urban cooling and extreme heat – e.g. passive cooling at urban and building level, and energy efficient cooling supply solutions
- Support project planning, partner engagement, communication and outreach

4. Delivery of strengthened Cool Coalition governance through technical, logistical and facilitation support
- Support the organisation of Cool Coalition partner and country meetings, including by managing the related events logistics, power point, note-taking and follow-up activities
- Assist the facilitation of Cool Coalition Working Groups as needed
- Support the organisation of networking and capacity building events with MDBs and other donors to accelerate the financing of cooling related projects, initiatives and strategies
- Help develop a gap analysis on action taken towards the achievement of UNFCCC pathway to net-zero cooling

5. Regularly updating the visual tools, infographics and reference materials.

6. Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings, including providing technical assistance during virtual meetings.

7. Assist in other tasks associated with the implementation of the Cities Unit team's projects, as needed and directed by supervising staff member.


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.


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. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.​

Preferred area of study: Bachelors’ or Masters, preferably related to environment, energy, cities, international relations or communications.

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.

Do you have experience in using Microsoft office package?

Do you have experience in synthesizing information (qualitative and quantitative) and presenting in concise and relevant manner ?


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

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

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.

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.

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.

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