Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 03 May 2018 - 02 May 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Legal Affairs-UNEP-96993-J-Panama City (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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States, with a population of about 588 million people.
UN Environment through the environmental governance subprogramme, works with governments and the relevant institutions in the UN system, as well as with Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), to promote more coherent, effective, and efficient decision making and action on the environment.
The Environmental Governance subprogramme assists governments in enhancing global and regional environmental cooperation, developing and applying national and international environmental law, advancing national and regional implementation of environmental objectives, and bridging major groups and governments in policy development and implementation processes.
UN Environment has a long, successful history in overseeing and spearheading the progressive development and implementation of environmental law as well as in the promotion of and support for environmental governance at all levels. UN Environment also hosts several major multilateral environmental agreements and supports their contracting Parties in the implementation, compliance with and enforcement of these international treaties. Particularly, the Law Division leads the future evolution of the international environmental law agenda, promotes environmental rule of law across the UN system and assists national Governments in the development and implementation of environmental law. The Division facilitates synergies and policy coherence on environmental issues in the United Nations system. It promotes strong environmental governance and institutions at all levels.

The intern will work with UN Environment - Latin America and the Caribbean Office’s, Environmental Governance Unit, under the supervision of the Environmental Governance Regional Coordinator.

The 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.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the supervision of the Environmental Governance Regional Coordinator. The position will be supporting the implementation of the Subprogramme on Environmental Governance in the field of environmental law in the Latin American and Caribbean region, through

* Assist the Latin American and Caribbean office in the implementation of national and regional activities to enhance the progressive development of effective laws and institutions to deal with pressing and emerging national and regional environmental challenges in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

* Assist in the outreach to countries to encourage nomination of national focal points for the Montevideo Programme on Environmental Law and provide support for the active engagement of designated national points in the application, monitoring and evaluation of the Montevideo Programme.

* Assist in the preparations and implementation of relevant meetings, forums, workshops, teleconferences, and video conferences as they relate to stakeholders’ engagement with focus on the upcoming meeting of the forum of Ministers of Environment and Latin American and the Caribbean and the regional engagement to UNEA4 in 2019.

More specifically, the job will entail the following tasks:

•Assist in the preparation and implementation of capacity building activities, trainings and meetings within the area of environmental law, about key and emerging issues
•Contribute to the development and review of documents in environmental law;
•Carry out basic research on selected areas relating to environmental law development and implementation gathered from diverse sources
•Participate in survey initiatives; assist with design of data collection tools; issues data collection tools, reviews, and prepare overviews of the national law and regulations on key emerging issues;
•Facilitate the preparation and holding of meetings, seminars, and training programmes.
•Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, websites, and social media networks, etc.
•Regularly support the focal point in maintaining a regular and timely communication with interested counterparts and stakeholders, follow up with relevant research on the clients, and finalize dossiers for submission for approval.
•Assist in the management of relevant databases and registration processes to improve communication with clients and to ensure regular client outreach and client satisfaction;
•Assist in providing inputs for the regular update of the website with relevant features and reports, including social media updates when relevant;
•Drafting relevant documents and responses to incoming communication
•Provide regular assistance in the preparations and successful holding of any upcoming regional, sub regional and national consultations and meetings including the Forum of Minister of Environment and Latin America and the Caribbean, stakeholder’s consultations, and other regional engagement towards UNEA4. This may include assisting in drafting relevant notes, creating, and maintaining excel tables, updating the website, attending relevant preparatory meetings, and providing meeting minutes;
•Support other activities of the Environmental Governance Unit 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


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). The intern must be enrolled and be able to submit a university endorsement once selected for this position.
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation
d. Be computer literate in standard software applications
e. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter
f. 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

Studies in Environmental Law, Studies in Environmental and Development Policy, or relevant Education or Capacity Development field.

Work Experience

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


Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

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 experience, 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 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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