Intern (Programme Management)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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.

Background: the GEO-6 integrated environmental assessment process
GEO-6 will provide the first integrative baseline in light of global megatrends supported by open access to data, with due consideration given to gender, indigenous knowledge and cultural dimensions. The assessment will lay the foundation for continued socio-environmental assessments across relevant scales, with a thematic as well as an integrated focus, enabling and informing societal transitions and the tracking of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets as well as previously agreed internationally environmental goals. The enhanced policy analysis in GEO-6 will be aimed at assisting member states to position themselves on the most effective pathways for transitions towards a sustainable future.

The rigorous assessment process aims to make GEO products scientifically credible and policy relevant – providing information to support environmental management and policy development. GEO also supports multi-stakeholder networking and intra and inter-regional cooperation to identify and assess key priority environmental issues at the regional levels. A world-wide network of Collaborating Centre partners; a transparent nomination process that allows governments and other stakeholders to nominate experts to the process; advisory groups to provide guidance on scientific and policy issues; and a comprehensive peer review processes are some of the integral elements of GEO.

Using the integrated environmental assessment (IEA) methodology , UN ENVIRONMENT has produced five GEO reports thus far, which have analyzed environmental state and trends at the global and regional scales, described plausible outlooks for various time frames, and formulated policy options for the consideration of policy-makers. Each GEO report builds on the assessment findings of its predecessor and draws from lessons learnt.

UN ENVIRONMENT has now finished preparing 6 regional assessments to underpin the global GEO-6. The GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The pan-European GEO assessment builds on existing assessments, including the State of Environment Report (SOER) produced by the EEA in 2015. The assessment was launch in June at the 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference and work is now continuing on outreach events and activities.

Background: UN ENVIRONMENT Live and Indicator Reporting Information Systems (IRIS)
The UN ENVIRONMENT Live on-line knowledge management platform aims to support online sharing of environmental information by providing up-to-date data, information and scientific knowledge to keep the environment under review. It is available in 90 languages and provides tools to strengthen the capacity of countries to undertake regular state of the environment reporting and assessments. UN ENVIRONMENT Live creates opportunities through sharing of information and data, for research to arise from close collaboration amongst researchers, practitioners and policymakers to support robust, evidence-based assessments and policy analysis.

UN ENVIRONMENT Live is useful for:
•Government Ministries who collect data and use data for reporting on national, regional and global policies and agreements;
•Government Ministries who monitor the state and trends of the environment and measure progress towards agreed goals;
•Policy-makers who want to know the state and trends of the environment and have easy access to assessments findings and related data and knowledge;
•Environmental assessment practitioners;
•Civil society interested in environmental information.

UN ENVIRONMENT Live provides a transparent, simple to use platform to publish information about the environment. As a knowledge integrator, it brings together data and information from many different and credible sources thus laying the foundation for connecting individual efforts with collective intelligence. Continuously being expanded and developed, UN ENVIRONMENT Live will offer pages for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) including various levels of knowledge acquisition, extraction, alignment, analysis and visualization .

In parallel, Indicator Reporting Information Systems (IRIS) aim to help government Ministries and statistics agencies responsible for reporting on national, regional and global obligations, to collect, analyze and publish quality assured information in a timely manner. IRIS provides countries with an infrastructure that enables data collection for timely, evidence-based decision-making. An IRIS is owned and managed by each country and provides the means for countries to share data with the UN ENVIRONMENT Live community as well as with different Ministries/agencies in the country.

The UN ENVIRONMENT Science Division Europe 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 intern will support UN ENVIRONMENT activities related to the outreach of the pan-European GEO-6 assessment and to the implementation of the “UN ENVIRONMENT Live” project in the region, including implementation of Indicator Reporting Information Systems (IRIS) in partner countries in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) sub-region. More specifically the intern will:
-Provide support to secretariat activities related to the outreach of the pan-European GEO-6 assessment
-Undertake research and prepare background information on the state of knowledge relevant to the environment across the pan European region
-Undertake research on regional and national environmental data monitoring practices, indicators and mechanisms being established by countries for the implementation of SEIS in the pan-European region
-Support activities related to linking country data to UN ENVIRONMENT Live and implementation of Indicator Reporting Information Systems (IRIS) in selected countries in the EECCA sub-region
-Support planning and organizing of meetings and events including support to logical arrangements
-Support the development of presentations and background materials for relevant events and meetings organized by UN ENVIRONMENT

The intern will report directly to the Science Division Europe Regional Coordinator and to Europe Office Programme Officer, Science-Policy Interface


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.

The candidate will have a bachelor degree in environmental sciences/management, or environmental engineering, or environmental economics, or natural resources management (or related subjects) and be enrolled in continuing higher education. A high standard of oral and written English is required (Russian would be beneficial but not essential). Good knowledge and skills in using Microsoft applications (Word, Powerpoint, Wxcel).

Work Experience

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


English is the working language 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.

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