Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Disaster Risk Reduction (UNEP Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch)
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 October 2015 - 28 November 2015
Job Opening Number: 50021
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.An accompanying letter (cover note) that includes; Title of degree you are currently studying, Graduation date (when you will be graduating from the programme), 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 letter from your university clearly indicating the status of your enrollment, what programme you are enrolled in and the anticipated date of graduation from the programme.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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.

UNEP's Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Under DEPI, the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch has been active in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction 2005, when the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) was formally endorsed as the global framework on disaster risk reduction. Working within the framework of the HFA, UNEP/PCDMB has identified Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) as its niche. The Eco-DRR portfolio has five components: global advocacy, capacity building and training, field implementation, development of knowledge products and partnerships.

Since 2008, UNEP has supported a unique partnership of 21 organisations known as the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), which promotes and advocates for ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction as well as adaptation to climate change-related risks.

The primary platform through which UNEP collaborates and leverages its influence is through PEDRR ( Nonetheless, UNEP is also looking to influence other partnerships and networks and leverage their skills and resources in support of further scaling up and replicating Eco-DRR approaches through capacity building, advocacy and effective communication.

Other areas of UNEP/PCDMB’s work on Disaster Risk Reduction include addressing environmental risks in the extractives industry, including the oil and gas sectors. Since its publication of the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland in 2011, UNEP/PCDMB is aiming to enhance national capacities to prevent potential environmental impacts associated with extractives industries.

The internship position is for a person who will support UNEP’s activities on Disaster Risk Reduction and particularly support PEDRR and its other partnerships and networks.

The UNEP Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch ; Internship on Disaster Risk Reduction internship is for 3-4 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, Disaster Risk Reduction at UNEP Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, the intern will:

1. Support day-to-day management and operations of the PEDRR Secretariat, including:

- Update and maintain all the documentation regarding the partnership into consolidated physical and electronic filing systems for real-time monitoring;
- Maintain the Friends of PEDRR Network database as well as PEDRR Trained Trainers and Participants’ database;
- Support development and implementation of PEDRR’s communication strategy, especially through the use of social media;
- Develop PEDRR newsletter updates on Eco-DRR related issues on a weekly basis for wide distribution; and maintain the google news group on PEDRR;
- Maintain the facebook page on PEDRR, establish a subscriber base and create a regular stream of technically interesting update to share information and increase traffic;
- Maintain other types of social media links, such as LinkedIn, youtube and twitter, establish subscriber base and create a regular stream of technically interesting update to share information and increase traffic;
- Support further development and maintenance of the PEDRR website;
- Support upcoming PEDRR advocacy events, with respect to logistics, communications, planning and organizing

2. Support UNEP’s other DRR related activities, including:

- Updating of UNEP DRR website/webpages, as requested
- Undertaking literature reviews and research on specific DRR topics, as agreed between selected candidate and UNEP
- Conduct a literature review of publications, websites and training programmes relevant to the extractive industry, in support of the planned work by PCDMB on extractives

3. Any other tasks assigned by the DRR Project Coordinator


Core Competencies:
-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


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.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

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

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.

Advanced studies in Environment-related communications, Environmental sciences, Environmental policy, Disaster management, Climate change studies, Mass communications, Engineering , specialization in petroleum or mining industries, or other related fields preferred.

Strong interest and familiarity with social media and online communications.

Experience in desk-top publishing would be an asset.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Spanish and French is desirable.

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

No Fee


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