Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 10 February 2022 - 07 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-174531-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 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 team at the United Nations Environment Programme, Economy Division, Paris, France.

The UNEP internship is for six months:

• from April 1st, 2022, until September 30th, 2022
• or from September 26th, 2022, until March 24th, 2023.

Please indicate in the application which internship session you are applying to.

Please do not apply if you are not available for the whole duration of the internship.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work 35 hours, five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, the intern will assist with the development of the communication and research activities the Sustainable Tourism Programme. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

- Supporting the development of private sector engagement strategies, including participation in technical expert groups and private sector consultations
- Assisting the identification of capacity building needs and opportunities for the tourism sector
- Supporting measurement and reporting from tourism businesses on climate change and resource efficiency targets
- Supporting the implementation of the Transforming Tourism Value Chains project in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic, including participating in national roundtables, supporting alignment of climate and circularity policies, and revising business cases and sustainability reports
- Assisting in the development of presentations, newsletters, and communication materials for advocating and promoting sustainable tourism in international events, meetings, or conferences
- Supporting the project website update and the knowledge management database of the related projects
- Assisting the organization of ministerial conferences, high-level events (including the UN Climate Conference (COP 27) and capacity building events on circularity, climate change, and sustainable consumption and production
- Supporting the development of business cases, videos, and news by liaising with key technical stakeholders (to be developed by partners and communication experts)

*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 (MICE). The project analyses the respective value chains, prepares policy recommendations, and develops 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.

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI)

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses, governments, and other tourism stakeholders to take concerted action, leading by example in the shift towards circularity in the use of plastics. Developed by the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the One Planet network, a multi-stakeholder partnership to implement SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative is led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organisation, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.



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.


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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in tourism, environment management, political sciences, sustainable development or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French and Spanish are an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

“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.”

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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