Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PARIS
Posting Period: 05 December 2017 - 19 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-89825-J-Paris (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 explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from
the internship. 2. Proof of enrollment from your university (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.

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 overall objective of the UN Environment's Economy Division is to encourage decision
makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies
and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and
production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and
contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the
development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial
practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the
building of corresponding activities ( The internship is located in the
Economy Division, at the Paris duty station. The internship is for six (6) months. The internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week
(37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they
are assigned.


Under the supervision of the Head, Finance Unit., the intern will support the activities of the Finance Unit. Part of the Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, the Finance Unit engages with countries and private sector financial institutions to enhance clean energy and climate change mitigation investments. The Intern will participate to the work of the 7-strong Unit team. His/her duties will include but not limited to:
•Support the implementation of the various on-going Unit programmes, including the GCF Readiness Programme, Mediterranean Investment Facility, and Seed Capital Assistance Facility (see
•Support the development of presentations for meetings with prospective partners and development of project proposals for various activities undertaken by the Finance Unit. The Intern will also support the development of analysis, briefings, minutes, and presentations for global, regional, and national workshops and seminars.
•Research and analysis in preparation for publications with project partners (Governments, academic institutions, and environmental organisations) to develop best practices and policy recommendations.
•Support development of communication outreach material, including both print and online media.
•When required, the Intern will also support the general organisation of events, including sending of invitations to participants/speakers, developing agendas, and printing of materials.


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; 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 clients

Communication: Sound oral skills and proven drafting ability; ability to develop contacts and foster collaboration with other organizations in order to acquire timely information on current
initiatives and studies pertinent to assigned area. Demonstrate openness in sharing information within the Energy Branch and keeping people informed.


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;

Work Experience

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 the advertised internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French
Is advantageous.


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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