Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (2 Posts), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 30 October 2017 - 13 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-87589-J-Geneva (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 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.

This recruitment is for two internship positions within RMB’s Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit. Please indicate in your application cover letter which position you would like to be considered for, or if you would like to be considered for both positions. Please also indicate your availability.

The candidates should have strong analytical skills, and a sound knowledge of the nexus of environmental issues and economics. Previous work experience in the area of green economy, climate change, or environmental economics would be a valuable asset. Excellent research, communication and writing skills in English, as well as a high degree of motivation and self-organization are required. For both positions, good writing and reading skills in another UN language are an advantage.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment’s Economy Division works with international and nongovernmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements. Located within UN Environment’s Economy Division, the Resources and Market Branch (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 integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. Over the past years, the focus of the RMB has been UN Environment’s work related to Green Economy.

The Resources and Markets Branch internship is for 3- 6 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.

Responsibilities

1.Position #1, starting 15 January 2018, will be linked to the following streams of UN Environment’s Green Economy work:
oMacroeconomic policy for a Green Economy
oFiscal policy reform, green finance and investment, green economy and agriculture, and green public procurement;
oFiscal policy as an instrument to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement; and,
oThe Green Fiscal Policy Network (GFPN), a partnership with GIZ and IMF.

Position #1 will entail assisting with the following tasks:
oPreparing concept notes and project proposals on specific topics, national and global, pertaining to environmental fiscal policy, such as green finance and investment, agriculture and food, or public procurement;
oDrafting country profiles for the GFPN database and website;
oCollecting news items and recent research of interest to the GFPN partners and virtual community, including on carbon pricing, fossil fuel subsidies, and green investment incentives;
oOrganizing and planning for workshops and major conference side events;
oProviding feedback and comments on written inputs received from experts contributing to ongoing fiscal policy studies; and,
oSupporting the fiscal policy team with other activities as requested.

2.Position #2, starting 15 March 2018, will be linked to the following streams of UN Environment’s Green Economy work:
oGreening the Belt and Road Initiative: South-South Cooperation for Green Economy related to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative;
oGreen Economy Policy Review: measuring the impacts of Green Economy policies at the country level; and,
oActivities of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Jiangsu Province in China.

Position #2 will entail assisting with the following tasks:
oPreparing concept notes and short briefings in the above-mentioned areas;
oCarrying out background research, including data collection and draft inputs to support the development of new project proposals and working papers related to the Green Economy Policy Review, PAGE China activities on industrial parks, and the work stream on greening the Belt & Road Initiative;
oReviewing and commenting on research products and supporting their publication;
oAssisting with the implementation of research projects and country-level implementation of the above-mentioned projects, including outreach to and coordination with national partners and governments;
oPreparing communication material and supporting outreach activities;
oOrganizing and planning for workshops and round tables related to the above-mentioned areas; and,
oSupporting other activities as requested.

Competencies

Core 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) in Economics, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or a related area, or recently graduated (candidates are eligible for this position up to one year after the graduation date). The intern must be able to show proof of enrolment or of graduation date if selected for this position.
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.

Work Experience

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

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage

Assessment

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.

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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