Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 12 February 2018 - 26 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-92589-J-Bonn (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.

Developed under the framework of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and administered by the UN Environment, AEWA brings together countries and the wider international conservation community, in an effort to establish coordinated conservation and management of migratory waterbirds throughout their entire migratory range. The Agreement area covers a total of 119 Range States; currently 76 countries and the EU have become a Contracting Party to AEWA.

The Science, Implementation and Compliance Unit (SICU) internship is for a duration of three months and is based in Bonn, 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.

Interns work 35-40 hours per week under the supervision of the officer to whom assigned.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the SICU, the intern will primarily assist with the assessment of national reports for submission to the 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA,scheduled to take place on 4 - 8 December 2018. The main task will consist of controlling the comprehensiveness and quality of the national reports and communicating with Contracting Parties in that context. We expect up to ca. 70 national reports to be submitted

The intern may also be asked to assist with any other tasks related to the AEWA MOP7 as needed and 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

A degree programme in international relations or other social sciences, including sociology, political science, environmental studies, geography, as well as ecology, biology, or other related field.

Education requirements
Applicant must be
a) enrolled in a graduate school (second university degree) or higher in the area
or
b) in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)
or
c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in a) and b)) and must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

•Have a keen interest in international species conservation and the work of the United Nations;
•Have ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
•Be computer literate in standard office software applications (Microsoft Office, Outlook or similar).

Work Experience

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

Languages

Excellent writing and communication skills in English and French are required.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration

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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (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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