Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 04 April 2018 - 24 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-95148-J-Geneva (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 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates all international trade in specimens (plants, animals and parts and derivatives thereof) of about 36.000 species listed in the three Appendices of the Convention. National laws for implementing CITES are critical to ensure that trade in protected species is legal, sustainable and traceable. Although CITES is legally binding on its 183 Parties it is generally not self-executing and cannot be fully implemented until specific domestic measures have been adopted for that purpose. It is therefore absolutely essential that CITES Parties have legislation in place allowing them to implement and enforce all aspects of the Convention. Only through adequate legislation which is permanently up to date and efficiently enforced, both at the borders and within countries, can CITES effectively work. Adequate national legislation is key to effective wildlife trade controls by the government agencies charged with implementing and enforcing the Convention. It is also a vital prerequisite for ensuring that a State Party complies with the provisions of the Convention.

This internship is for 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 legal intern will assist the Legal Affairs and Compliance team of the CITES Secretariat in fulfilling the tasks assigned to it in various areas of work: National Legislation Project (NLP), Compliance matters and legal advice on implementation and interpretation of the Convention as well as Communication. The intern will be assigned other duties depending on specific interests, skills and qualifications.

The following are general tasks that may be supplemented with more specific projects, depending on the timing and duration of the internship.

National Legislation Project
•Compile and prepare draft analysis of information submitted by Parties on legislative measures adopted to fulfil the requirements laid down in the text of the Convention and Resolution Conf. 8.4 (Rev. CoP15);
•Assist in maintaining the NLP website with new information and legislation;
•Assist in undertaking research activities in relation to NLP;
•Assist in the horizontal analysis of national legislation with regard to certain provisions of the Convention (legal acquisition finding, penalization etc.);
•Assist in the preparation of capacity-building, training and other legislative support tools and activities;

Compliance Matters
•Assist in the research of specific potential matters of compliance brought to the attention of the LAC Unit;
•Assist in preparation of background documents, communications, filing and organization of information with regard to such matters

Legal advice on implementation and interpretation of the Convention
•Assist in responding to general legal enquiries

•Assist in the maintenance of CITES webpages assigned to the Unit (NLP, compliance, permits, transport, disposal of confiscated specimens etc.)
•Assist in the preparation of meeting documents for the consideration by CITES governing bodies


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;

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.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French/Spanish (working languages of the CITES) and of other languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian will be an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by 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:,
- 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


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