Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - URBAN ENERGY, 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-169449-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 District Energy in Cities Initiative and the Integrated Urban Systems Partnership. ​The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership, launched in 2014, and coordinated by UNEP that assists developing countries and cities to accelerate their transition to lower-carbon and climate resilient societies through promoting modern district energy and integrated urban energy systems.

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 Manager of the Cities Unit of the Paris-based Economy Division. The intern will work on the implementation of activities related to urban energy systems under the District Energy in Cities Initiative.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

1. Development of resources and trainings on district energy systems:
- Work with partners of the District Energy in Cities Initiative to prepare primary and secondary research on integration of district energy systems with other city systems, sustainable heating and cooling and measures against extreme heat especially their application in developing countries. This includes preparing and reviewing: technical case studies from city interviews and desk research, policy analyses, benefits analyses, review of modelling tools and training materials preparation

2. Assist country implementation activities on district energy:
- Review ongoing work of the District Energy in Cities Initiative across 14 countries and support country-level activities and engagement including in India, Viet Nam, Chile etc;
- Assist in the administrative duties of the partnership, support follow up with new partners and assist legal duties linked to the contracting procedure.
- Assist in the running of the district energy website, communication materials and online presentation of case studies, research and trainings.
- Support research for funding proposals on district energy and wider integrated urban energy systems;

3. Support with the logistical preparation of webinars and events for the District Energy in Cities Initiative and on integrated urban energy systems
- Research and reach out to potential speakers and trainers
- Support in the activities of the partnership in (virtual) international conferences including preparing PowerPoint slides and speaking points for webinars and conferences.
- Support in drafting concept and briefing notes, etc.
- Conduct city-profile research relating to their environmental, social and economic commitment to Sustainability.

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

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

6. 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 energy systems and technologies, environment, cities, economics/finance, public policy or international relations.

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 working with Microsoft Office package ?

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

Do you have experience with simple website design tools ?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Vietnamese, Hindi, Spanish and French language are 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) 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.

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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