Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (Environmental data and humanitarian action), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 23 November 2017 - 13 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-88911-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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 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, and three references.

2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:

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 Environmental data and Humanitarian Action internship is for three months minimum; maximum is six months with a
possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

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. The UN Environment/UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) /Joint Unit (JEU) was established in 1994 as the United Nations' mechanism to mobilize and coordinate emergency assistance to countries affected by environmental emergencies and natural disasters with significant environmental impact. The JEU responds to environmental emergencies by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners to assist affected countries requesting assistance. By pairing the environmental expertise of UN Environment and the humanitarian response network coordinated by OCHA, the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies. The JEU also works on environmental emergency preparedness; to raise awareness among communities, disaster responders, governments, and industries on the impacts of environmental emergencies and the presence of hazardous materials that may be released during a disaster. Since its establishment, 23 years ago, the JEU has responded to requests for emergency assistance from 90 countries. The Unit has access to resources made available through its extensive range of 25 different networks and partnerships.The internship is located in the Geneva duty station.

The UN Environment/OCHA/JEU 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.


The work is carried out in the overall context of the environmental emergency preparedness and response work of the UN Environment / UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Unit. The intern will work under direct supervision of the JEU Programme Officer, integrated within the Emergency Services Branch at OCHA Geneva.

While the specific details of the internship will vary according to needs of the team and preferences of the intern, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within JEU’s workstream on Environment in Humanitarian Action, including support to the “Coordination of Assessments for Environment in Humanitarian Action: A Joint Initiative” (,

Duties may include, but not limited to:
-Research, analyse, review and present information gathered from diverse sources to support the work related to Environment and Humanitarian Action (EHA);
-Support the development of guidance material for humanitarian and environmental actors on the entry points for environmental data in the humanitarian programme cycle
-Support the creation of an online assessment platform that guides the user through the assessment tool landscape
-Provide updates on the Joint Initiative on its website (
-Depending on the interns’ skills and background (e.g. specific language skills), country- or region-specific research, and review tasks may be assigned;
-Support other activities as requested.


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


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

• Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or

• Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or

• Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation from an academic programme.

Applicants who are unable to commence the internship within one year of graduation shall not be accepted.

Academic background at least at Bachelor’s level or equivalent, in the area of environmental science, geography, information technology, political science, social science, international studies, engineering, earth sciences or in a related field.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Practical experience with KoboToolbox would be an asset.


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


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


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