Intern: Programme Management

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Nairobi, Kenya
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Organization Type: 
International Organization
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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 overall objective of the UN Environment’s Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities. 

UN Environment’s Resource Efficiency Programme based in Nairobi wishes to hire an intern to assist in the implementation of its programmes. The internship is for six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days (35-40 hours) per week under the direct supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Managment Officer/Coordinator, Resource Efficiency Programme, the intern will:

  1. Develop and/or update the resource mobilization strategy for the programme, identify donors and grants, prepare grant applications
  2. Maintain database for programme performance tracking and populate this with historical data as well as new data;
  3. Collect, analyze and interpret on a regular basis data related to the implementation of the programmes to support monitoring and reporting of higher-level results;
  4. Monitor and analyze specific aspects of programme/project development and implementation and follow-up with project teams on their reporting requirements as necessary;
  5. Develop and maintain the project portfolio databases for the resource efficiency programme, including status of project development and approvals, revisions, evaluations and closures;
  6. Assist in analyzing and visualizing project data, including the mapping of project presence, and maintain the intranet and programmatic websites;
  7. Undertake research on current and emerging trends and prepare analytical summaries that can support strategic planning and implementation of the UN Environment Medium-Term Strategy and the biennial Programmes of Work;
  8. Contribute to the preparation of contracts, terms of reference, proofing of drafts and selected inputs, such as success stories and lessons learnt, draft background papers, analytical notes, websites and social media networks, etc.
  9. Provide administrative and meeting support to the coordination functions in the Resource Efficiency programme;
  10. Analyze reports, survey results and briefs to extract key messages and develop summaries.
  11. Assist with the organization of meetings, workshops seminars, webinars and other similar activities, supporting with the preparation of agendas, co-drafting background materials, meeting reports, assist with ad hoc meetings and prepare meeting minutes if required.


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


  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication;
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions for clarification and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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 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.


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 in Environmental Science, Climate Change, Agriculture, International Development, Project Development, International Studies and Economics or related courses);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent in Environmental Science, Climate Change, Agriculture, International Development, Project Development, International Studies and Economics or related courses); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (in the courses as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;

2) Be computer literate in standard software applications;

3) Have a demonstrated and keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

4) Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

5)The candidate must have strong analytical skills

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience to participate in the programme. However, experience in research and writing documents related to resource efficiency and environmental issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. 

Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration and to participate in the competency based interview.

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.