Job Opening

Posting Title: UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) - Intern for Regional Coordination, Latin America, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 14 June 2022 - 02 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-183011-J-Geneva (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.

Located within the UN Environment Division of Economy, the Resources & Markets Branch
(UNEP-RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable
development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to
integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and
practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of
sustainable development.

The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) (www.unepfi.org) is a unique global
partnership between UN Environment and about 350 banks, insurers and investors from
around the world. UNEP FI works closely with its signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of
Environmental Commitment, and a range of partner organizations to develop and promote
linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance. Through its
industry commissions, thematic advisory groups and regional activities, UNEP FI carries out
its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of sustainability practice at all levels
of financial institution operations.
Globally facilitate and promote leadership on sustainability by financial institutions.
Engage the broader membership in work programme implementation.
Strengthen regional co-ordination.
Strengthen financial sector commitment through growth in signatories to Statement.

The UNEP FI Internship for Regional Coordination Support is for six (6) months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the
department or office to which they are assigned.

Responsibilities

In line with UNEP FI work programme for 2021 and under the direct supervision the
Signatory Relations, working closely with the Latin America & Caribbean Regional
Coordinators, the intern will support the implementation and consolidation of UNEP FI
outreach & co-ordination plans across the region. The intern is expected to:

• Assist in the organization of the Global and Regional Roundtables and related events to be
held in 2022
• Assist in writing country and members' profiles, monitoring reporting as well as on
establishing the key areas of expertise of supporting institutions.
• Support membership surveys across the region.
• Assist with identifying financial institutions for outreach in line with banking, insurance and
investment membership strategies.
• Assist with preparation of sustainable finance events in the region (training and awarenessraising activities);
• Assist with development of public communication through, for example, UNEP FI
newsletter, website, case studies, etc;
• Update the contact database for UNEP FI Signatories including the areas of active
engagement with UNEP FI, if and as relevant;
• Support the Regional Coordinators and Signatory Relations Manager on any other matters as
necessary.
• Assist in writing, editing, proofreading and preparing communications for members.
• Assist in community platform creation and management.

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 and, if selected, must commence the internship
within a one-year period of graduation.

Bachelor's in finance, economics, development studies, business management,
communications, marketing, data management.

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 is required. Knowledge of Spanish for this
position is useful. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.

Assessment

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) 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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