Intern (Programme Management)
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 interns will work on projects of the Cities Unit, Energy and Climate Branch, of the Paris-based Economy Division. The interns will be involved in the implementation of activities related to the work in Cities, and Circular Economy, Food, and Buildings. One intern will be assigned to each of the following workstreams: 1) the Circular Economy in Cities programme and the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC); 2) the Food Waste and Sustainable Food Systems Programmes, and 3) the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) work respectively.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Kindly note that candidates will be personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging any travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
(NOTE: There are six (6) vacancies available for this posting: three to start ideally in December 2020 for the first batch, and the other three to start ideally in June 2021.
Please indicate your availability dates)
Under the overall supervision of the Head, Cities Unit and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officers of the Cities Unit for each programme/initiative the intern will:
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
Assist in the implementation of the Circular Economy in Cities programme and the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities:
○ Assist weekly meeting with the Circular Economy Jobs Team and support in the development and implementation of pilot projects on circular economy jobs in cities with partners.
○ Support in the work on circular economy in cities monitoring frameworks. This includes, but is not limited to, searching for employment data at the city-level, proof-reading, reviewing and editing publications for monitoring purposes.
○ Attend and summarise weekly meeting with the Sustainable Cities Impact Programme (SCIP) and assist in the development of the 5-year Advocacy Plan.
○ Review and edit on-going works relating to the Neighbourhood Approach Programme for the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities.
○ Assist in the administrative duties with new partnerships and legal duties linked to the contracting procedure.
○ Assist in the implementation and development of the Integrated Neighbourhood Guidelines website and online presentation of materials regarding new publications, new partners etc.
Assisting in the work of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme
○ Conducting research and supporting the analyses of sustainable food systems country policies
○ Supporting the development of the Food Waste Index, the UN mechanism to track country level progress on food waste prevention, in line with SDG 12.3
○ Working on web development and online presentation of materials for the SFS Programme and the Think Eat Save campaign website
○ Writing and drafting articles for the Think Eat Save website; helping with the promotion and awareness raising of the Think Eat Save campaign.
○ Supporting with the organization of workshops, webinars and other SFS meetings and/or events.
Assisting in the tasks of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC)
○ Supporting technical workshop on regional roadmaps and GlobalABC COP26-related events and other GlobalABC events.
○ Assist with research as needed with regards to decarbonizing the built environment.
○ Support regarding member outreach including member databases
○ Support regarding outreach and preparation of webinars
○ Assist with communication efforts including support for presentations, articles, newsletter, website content development, and general awareness raising.
Supporting with the logistical preparation of webinars and events for the Cities Unit.
○ Support in the activities of the Cities Unit in (virtual) international conferences (e.g. Daring Cities 2020, etc.)
○ This includes preparing PowerPoint slides for webinars and conferences.
○ Support in drafting concept and briefing notes, etc.
○ Conduct city-profile research relating to their environmental, social and economic commitment to Sustainability.
Regularly updating the visual tools, infographics and reference materials.
Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings, including providing technical assistance during virtual meetings.
Assisting the Cities Unit team with the implementation of projects, preparing documents in English or other relevant language and liaising with contacts from Partner organisations or project countries.
Assist in other tasks associated with the implementation of the Cities Unit team’s projects, as needed and directed by supervising staff member.
Communication: 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.
Teamwork: 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.
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: Bachelors’ or Masters in the social sciences, preferably related to sustainable development issues or environmental studies.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable. Knowledge of Portuguese for the Food work is desirable
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).
2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
3. A 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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