Intern: Environmental Affairs
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. UNEP’s Economy Division works with international and nongovernmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner 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 agreements.
Located within UNEP’s Economy Division, the Resources and Market Branch (RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. Over the past years, the focus of the RMB has been UNEP’s work related to an Inclusive Green Economy.
This recruitment is for one internship position within RMB’s Economic and Trade Policy Unit, in the Fiscal Policy Team. This recruitment covers support for the GIZ-funded project titled “Supporting inclusive green economy approaches to sustainable development”, the "Green economy transformation in cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) - Synergies between low-emission paths and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" project and other Unit tasks. Please indicate your availability clearly in your application cover letter.
The Economy Division/ RMB internship is for a minimum of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Unit.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned
This internship position, from 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021, will be linked to the following streams of UNEP’s Green Economy work:
Fiscal policy reform, green finance and investment, green economy and health, and green public procurement.
This area of work explores the role of fiscal policy as an instrument to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Agreement. It supports global efforts on green fiscal policy reforms and advises countries on how fiscal policies can support the inclusive green economy and delivery of the SDGs across different sectors from water, energy and extractives, to agriculture and fisheries among others, as part of the GIZ funded “Supporting inclusive green economy approaches to sustainable development” project. It also includes the work of the Green Fiscal Policy Network (GFPN) - a joint partnership between UNEP, the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and dialogue on green fiscal policies.
Position #1 will entail assisting with the following tasks:
- Prepare concept notes and briefing notes in the area of green fiscal policy;
- Carry out background research to support the development of new project proposals on green fiscal policies;
- Assist with the overall implementation and dissemination of fiscal policy studies, including support to the review, production and dissemination of studies and updating inventories of fiscal knowledge products;
- Supporting the Green Fiscal Policy Network: this includes updating the Network website with relevant news items and recent research of interest to the GFPN partners and virtual community; updating the Network’s contact database, strengthening the Green Fiscal Policy Network's social media visibility and supporting the preparation and dissemination of communication materials and blogs through the Network website;
- Prepare communication materials and support outreach activities on fiscal policy and green finance, update a global events calendar, and assist with the organisation of workshops, events and conferences in the area of green fiscal policies;
- Support the monitoring and planning of the work of the team, including updating the progress of the fiscal work stream based on inputs from colleagues; and
- Supporting ongoing work related to the role of fiscal policies in greening recovery from COVID-19
- Assist in the development of fiscal policy tools and approached for a Sustainable Blue Economy
- Support the team with other activities as requested.
The candidate should have strong analytical skills, and a sound knowledge of the nexus of environmental issues and economics. Previous work experience in the area of green economy, climate change, or environmental economics would be a valuable asset. Excellent research, communication and writing skills in English, as well as a high degree of motivation and self-organization are required. A significant bonus would be familiarity with data visualisation tools and experience in working with large datasets. For this position, good writing and reading skills in another UN language is an advantage.
- 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:
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
- 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.
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 this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language 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.
“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.”
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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