Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION/SOCIAL MEDIA, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 11 July 2017 - 08 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Public Information-UNEP-81995-J-Bonn (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Your application for this internship should include
1.A cover letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for the internship, and what you hope to gain from the internship;
2.A completed Personal History Profile through the UN careers Portal. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references. You are encouraged to attach your CV.
3.A proof of your current enrolment in a graduate programme (click on link to access and attach to your application: or a certified copy of your degree if you already graduated.
4.Due to an envisaged high volume of applications to be received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
5.Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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 Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to people. Established in 2012 in Panama, IPBES has a current membership of 126 Governments and seeks to respond to the needs of Governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. One thousand scientists from all over the world currently contribute to the work of IPBES on a voluntary basis. They are nominated by their Government or an organization, and selected by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. Peer review forms a key component of the work of IPBES to ensure that a range of views is reflected in its work, and that the work is complete to the highest scientific standards.
IPBES has a collaborative partnership agreement with four United Nations entities: UN Environment, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP. The secretariat of IPBES is hosted by the German Government, located on the UN campus, in Bonn, Germany, and administered by UN Environment.

Internship-specific background
The Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Unit at IPBES is responsible for external communications, media relations, online public information and outreach to stakeholders in support of the IPBES work programme.
This internship is for a period of minimum three months. The exact period will be determined based on the availability of the intern and the needs of the secretariat. There is a possibility of an extension upto six months, subject to the intern’s on-going university enrollment and performance. The selected intern will work onsite at the IPBES secretariat in Bonn, Germany. 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.


The successful candidate will be under the supervision of the Head of Communications and must have the ability to work with minimal supervision. Specific activities and responsibilities would include:
•Preparing new and updating existing written outputs such as featured articles, blog posts, Tweets, Facebook/ LinkedIn/ Instagram posts, to reflect IPBES work around the world;
•Assisting with targeted social media campaigns and preparing social media kits, including web cards and draft messages, for sharing within the wider UN system, IPBES stakeholders and relevant NGOs and agencies;
•Monitoring the IPBES LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts; drafting and scheduling posts for these platforms;
•Preparing and posting audio-visual material, especially video material, across all IPBES social media platforms;
•Researching relevant posts from partners and scheduling retweets and reposts.
•Actively expanding the network of IPBES social media followers; and
•Preparing weekly update of new VIP followers (influencers).


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

Judgement/ Decision-making:
-Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
-Gathers relevant information before making a decision
-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
-Checks assumptions against facts
-Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
-Makes tough decisions when necessary


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a.Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (Master’s degree or higher);
b.Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university undergraduate 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.
In addition, applicants should possess the following skills:
d.Be computer literate in standard software applications and have experience in the use of a range of social media platforms and tools.
e.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;
f.Have experience writing or participating on social media (please provide links showcasing your experience);
g.Have experience editing images or preparing graphics for social media communications.
h.Have experience engaging and building communities on social networks, particularly Twitter and LinkedIn

Preferred area of study
Studies in the fields of communication, knowledge management, journalism, design, or public relations are desired. Experience of or demonstrable interest in environmental and science issues will be an advantage.

Work Experience

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


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.

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, 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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