Resource Efficiency/Climate Change Intern

Geneva, , CH

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Under the thematic sub-programme of resource efficiency, UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe assists countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia in their efforts to shift to more sustainable consumption and production patterns and to transition to a cleaner and greener economy. UNEP works with international and nongovernmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry and the civil society to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are more sustainable and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions, and international frameworks, agreements and initiatives.

Under the EU-funded “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood” project (hereinafter EaP GREEN), which is implemented jointly by UNEP, OECD, UNECE and UNIDO, UNEP through its Regional Office for Europe is leading the implementation of the activity ‘Supporting the strategic policy setting’, which assists countries of the Eastern Neighborhood (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in developing policy frameworks that promote a transition to a Green Economy and to more sustainable consumption and production patterns. Under this project UNEP is engaged in demonstrating the added value of GE policies and practices, promoting their integration into national economic and development planning, and/or in assisting countries to develop and implement new national green economy policies.

The UNEP Resource Efficiency/Climate Change Internship internship is for 3-6 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.

The internship will be located in the Regional Office for Europe. Under the direct supervision of the regional coordinator for resource efficiency and climate change, the intern will:
•Assist with the implementation of projects on green economy and sustainable consumption and production and climate change in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia;
-Assist in drafting and preparing correspondence and official documents in English and Russian for government officials and national partners for the implementation of national or regional-level green economy and sustainable consumption and production activities;
-Assist with the translation or editing of documents and reports in and from/to English/Russian;
-Assist in the logistical and substantive organization and preparation of workshops and their follow-up, including the liaison of national focal points, drafting of agendas and presentations and preparing meeting reports.
•Assist in various research-related tasks on resource efficiency, green economy, climate changeand other relevant topics in the region for the development of discussion notes or project proposals, as assigned;
•Attend and summarize conferences and meetings, including virtually-held meetings;
•Assist in the draft of communication and outreach materials (e.g. newsletter or website articles), and assist in public awareness raising activities;
•Assist with administrative matters related to project implementation and other tasks, as needed and directed by supervising staff.


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);
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.

Preferred area of study:
Final year undergraduate or master’s / PhD degree student in Economics, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or a related area.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. Previous work experience in the area of green economy, climate change, or environmental economics would be a valuable asset.


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 Russian is 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.