Intern (Environment Affairs)
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.
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 establishment of a UN Environment Office in April 2004 in Brasilia is part of a decentralization strategy aimed at responding more effectively to environmental priorities at national and sub-national levels and to assist in building capacities to address emerging issues, new development challenges and to contribute to combat poverty.
During its first years of operation, the Brazilian Office has focused its activities on the following areas:
- Promotion of policy dialogue among environment authorities and civil society on the identification of key environmental issues, on the development of sound environmental policies and management tools, providing technical inputs, sharing information and providing support for their implementation;
- Assessment of the state of Brazilian biomes and ecosystems, evaluating current conditions, pressures, trends and challenges, reviewing effectiveness of management tools and policy responses for the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources;
- Identification of local capacities and development of adequate alternatives for introducing sustainable patterns of production and consumption; methodologies for preparedness and prevention of environmental emergencies and for anticipating possible negative impacts on the environment of productive processes and industrial developments;
- Technical advice and sharing of information on the requirements for coping with multilateral environmental agreements, specially to those concerning biodiversity, biosafety, climate change, desertification and management of chemical substances;
- Fostering partnerships among key actors of private and financial sectors, envisaging the creation of a shared culture of environmental responsibility and sustainable financing; and
- Promoting integrated actions, coordination and facilitating the exchange of experiences between neighboring countries of the Amazon and Southern Cone sub-regions within the framework of sub-regional integration agreements and environment protocols.
To enhance its outreach and convert actions into concrete results, UN Environment Brazil works with a wide range of partners, including government institutions, non-governmental organizations, private and academic sectors as well as bilateral and multilateral agencies.
In the 2030 Agenda Scenario, UN Environment Brasil is enhancing its work in support to 4 of UN Environment’s 2014-2017 Medium Term Strategy (MTS) priorities, specifically: Resource efficiency, Environment under review, Environmental governance and Ecosystem management. Furthermore, the support to the 2030 Agenda and SDG has catalyzed UN Environment – Country Office Brazil to seek dialogue with other country offices in the BRICS economic bloc to co-ordinate harmonized responses to environmental challenges.
The UN Environment/Brazil Office's internship is for a minimum of 3 months with the possibility of extending up to a maximum of 6 months.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff 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 a staff member, the intern will be supporting UN Environment – Country Office Brazil in its dialogue with other country offices in the BRICS economic bloc to co-ordinate harmonized responses to environmental challenges, particularly:
-Assist the Country office in the analysis and preparation of key information regarding common environmental challenges.
-Assist in the development, maintenance and regular follow up of communication related activities within the BRICS Country Offices:
More specifically, the job will entail the following tasks:
-Assist in drafting relevant notes, creating and maintaining excel tables, elaboration of inputs for the website, attending relevant meetings and providing meeting minutes;
-Assist in the follow up communication with stakeholders;
-Regularly support the focal point in maintaining a regular and timely communication with interested stakeholders and follow up with relevant research .
-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
-Support other activities of the Country Office as requested.
-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
-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);
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.
Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Studies in Environmental and Development Policy, Media and Communication and or relevant Education or Capacity Development field.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.
Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese are desirable.
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.
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