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: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 25 April 2018 - 11 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-96615-J-Nairobi (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 Policy and Programme Division consolidates the policy, programme, monitoring, gender and social safeguards functions of the UN Environment as well as its engagement with the United Nations system and key global processes such as the 2030 Agenda. The Division ensures coherence and coordination at the strategic, policy and programmatic levels.

The internship is located in the Policy and Programme Division, Disasters and Conflicts Programme Office based in Nairobi.

The internship is UNPAID, full-time and for a maximum duration of six months. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Responsibilities

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the office to which the intern is assigned to; the nature of specific projects and the internship duration. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

1)Conducting research on emerging issues related to the Disasters and Conflicts Programme;
2)Supporting programme development and implementation by drafting and preparing official documents, and gathering relevant information and data;
3)Supporting the preparation of briefing and/or information materials, presentations etc.;
4)Analyzing reports, survey results and extracting key messages for developing programme briefs and summaries;
5)Assisting with the organization of meetings, workshops seminars, webinars and other similar activities, while supporting the preparation of agendas, co-drafting background materials, meeting
reports (including organizing ad hoc meetings and preparing meeting minutes when required);
6)Supporting the editorial process for website content;
7)Providing day-to-day support to the activities of the programme; and
8)Undertaking any other assignments as required.

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 and 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 anticipate problems and keep clients informed.
•Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
•Meets timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.

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);
c)Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

The candidate should have strong analytical skills, and sound knowledge of climate change, environmental policies, natural resources management and/or a related area of studies.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme. They should however be:

a)Computer literate in standard software applications;
b)Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and with personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
c)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.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

a)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.
b)Proof of enrolment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
c)List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using,
d)Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship, and
e)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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