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: http://unon.org/content/internship-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 certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. The Convention maintains close institutional and programmatic linkages with its instruments, even with those agreements that are legally independent. CMS and its agreements are often collectively referred to as the “CMS Family”. At present, there are 121 countries, which became Party of the Convention. This internship is located in the UNEP/CMS Secretariat at the Bonn duty station, Germany. The internship is UNPAID. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
This internship is located within Avian, Aquatic, Terrestrial Species Teams and Scientific Advisory Services
The UNEP/CMS internship is for 3-6 months, starting January 2017.
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 Implementation Support Team, the intern will be involved in the following:
Avian Species Team
- Liaise on behalf of the Avian Species Team with the Joint Communication Unit in the organization of the annual World Migratory Bird Day campaign (WMBD www.worldmigratorybirdday.org) 2017 and other campaigns and events related to birds:
- Assist on Avian issues in the preparation of the Sessional Committee of the Scientific Council (Bonn, June 2017) and the 12th Meeting of the Parties to CMS (The Philippines, October 2017)
- Assist in the production of background documents for the Avian Unit, through research and compilation of information;
- Prepare power point presentations for the Avian Species Team;
- Support the operations of the avian task forces and working groups, in particular: The Task Force on Illegal Killing of Birds; the Avian Influenza Task Force; the Landbirds Working Group; the Flyways Working Group; the Poisoning Working Group;
- Support the day to day operation and the organization of meetings of the avian instruments that are managed from the CMS Secretariat, in particular: the Andean Flamingos MOU; the Siberian Crane MOU; the Aquatic Warbler MOU; the Great Bustard MOU, etc;
- Participate in internal meetings, Skype calls, teleconferences, etc, and take notes;
Aquatic Species Team:
- undertake literature reviews on marine mammals, sharks or turtle species of concern for CMS and ASCOBANS or threats that are affecting them
- contribute to the preparation of background documents for CMS and ASCOBANS meetings
- assist in the preparation of publications and other outreach material, including the websites
- contribute to the development of strategies and action plans
- assist in the preparation and follow-up of meetings and workshops
- assist with the implementation of other aspects of the Secretariats’ work programmes
- participate at appropriate internal meetings of the joint CMS/ASCOBANS Secretariat
- contribute to tasks related to MoUs for aquatic species (for example: MoU on migratory sharks, IOSEA Marine Turtles MoU or the Pacific Islands Cetaceans MoU)
Terrestrial Species Team
- Do research for the Terrestrial Species team on a variety of topics
- Assist with a variety of other tasks as they arise
- Assist in the preparation of the 12th Meeting of the Parties to CMS
- Assist in the production of Electronic Newsletters for the CAMI program in English and possibly in Russian;
Scientific Advisory Services
- support the operation of CMS working groups and task forces, in particular the Strategic Plan Working Group and the Energy Task Force
- assist in the preparation, servicing and follow up of meetings of scientific experts and members of the Scientific Council
- compile information on threats and other issues of relevance to migratory species, such as climate change, renewable energies, obstacles to migration, migration connectivity
- deal with website content in specific areas, in particular the species database
- assist with the maintenance and animation of the Scientific Council workspace
- participate in appropriate internal meetings of the CMS Secretariat
-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
-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
-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;
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.
Preferred area of study
A degree programme of biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, international relations/policy, geography, international law or related fields.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
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 another UN language is desirable
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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