Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Communication, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 19 May 2022 - 02 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-181575-J-Kingston (A)
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 systems designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of global consensus on environmental issues by keeping the environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) is one of the UNEP-administered Regional Seas Programmes. CEP is managed by and for the countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) through its role as Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention and three Protocols on Oil Spills, Marine Biodiversity (SPAW), and Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution.

There are three main Sub-Programmes through which the work of the Cartagena Convention Secretariat is implemented:

• Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP)
• Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW)
• Communication, Education, Training and Awareness (CETA)

The objectives of our Communications Sub-Programme are to:

• Improve educational systems to promote positive attitudinal and behavioral changes on environmental management;
• Develop and implement training programmes for the management of coastal and marine resources;
• Support public awareness efforts by the media, private sector, community-based, and non-governmental organizations to demonstrate the value of marine and coastal resources;
• Increase access to data and information on coastal and marine resource management through strengthening of CEP website, networks and databases; and
• Disseminate information resulting from the implementation of our projects and activities.

The duration of the Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility for
extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Organization. The Internship is UNPAID and full time. The Interns will work five days per week (35 hours) under the direct supervision of Christopher Corbin, Officer-in-Charge and Programme Management Officer for AMEP and CETA.

Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

¿ Assist in the: (i) design of infographics and other promotional materials; (ii) compilation and dissemination of promotional and awareness materials at national/regional events; (iii) development of social media campaigns (e.g. #gettoknowCEP) and posting of materials on the Secretariat’s website, social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram); and (iv) represent the Secretariat and deliver talks at national promotional events, exhibitions etc. including activities in support of UN commemorative days.

• Liaise with relevant national, regional and international agencies and organizations on the implementation on the 2021/2022 Work Plan and Budget relating to CETA.

¿ Assist with logistical arrangements for the 2022/2023 Intergovernmental/ Technical Meetings for the SPAW and LBS Protocols.

¿ Assist in summarizing reports on the implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols by Contracting Parties.

¿ Provide communication support to major ongoing projects including UNDP/GEF/PROCARIBE+, GEF CReW+ Project , EU ACP MEA , PROMAR Project.

¿ Assist in the review and dissemination of the findings of the State of Convention Area Report (SOCAR) on Pollution and the State of Marine Biodiversity Report.

¿ Assist with updating the Focal Point Database and Media Contact List.

¿ Sort and catalogue images in the CEP Photo Database.

¿ Assist in the reorganizing of the Publications Room and the CEP library.

¿ Assist in the restructuring of the internal knowledge management.

¿ Assist in the preparation of documentation and presentations for national, regional and/or global meetings; and

¿ Collect information and undertake desk-based research.

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 office software applications (MS Office Suite).

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

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 post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of other UN Official languages is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).

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

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

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.

“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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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