Intern (UNEP Governance Affairs)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

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. The internship is located in various units of the Governance Affairs Office within UN Environment, based in Nairobi, namely the Civil Society unit, Governing Bodies Unit and the Partnerships unit. The Governance Affairs office engages with and guides all relevant stakeholders ranging from Member States, major groups and stakeholders as well as business and the private sector.. The Governance Affairs Office is composed of three units which are:

1. The Governing Bodies unit is responsible for supporting the governing bodies of UN Environment, consisting of the UN Environment Assembly and its subsidiary inter-sessional body, the open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives. The Secretariat organizes and services all meetings of the governing bodies. The Governing Bodies Unit provides efficient and responsive conference services and support for the work of the Governing Bodies of UNEP as required under GC resolutions and 19/32 and 27/2. The Unit also strengthens partnerships and enhances participation and engagement of member States and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate, in the activities of UNEP’s Governing Bodies. It also coordinates the implementation of UN Environment Assembly Sessions and coordinates with Divisions and Regional Offices and the UN Offices in Nairobi;
2. The Civil Society Unit, engages on civil society matters and ensures effective participation of major groups and stakeholders in UN Environment work at all levels. These allies and partners to UN Environment provide long-term, broad-based and essential support for UN Environment’s mission and mandate;
3. The Partnerships Unit is responsible for engaging international organizations, UN agencies, the private sector and foundations in the work of the UN Environment Assembly. Its overall objective is to strengthen the visibility and authority of the Assembly. .

Work Areas:
(a) Logistics, Communication & Administration towards the 2017 Environment Assembly’s preparation;
(b) Accreditation of Civil Society organizations, database management, Website management;
(c) Civil society engagement at regional and global level towards UNEA-3 with a focus on supporting meetings and workshops
(d) Liaison with Civil Society as well as on indigenous Peoples issues in particular in the context of conferences and the production of communication material;
(e) Support of the Partnerships unit in engaging the Private Sector, in particular support the development of a database of private sector partners, provide regular updates to the website, contribute to the planning and organization of meetings and conferences on private sector engagement;
(f) Servicing meeting of the Governing Bodies and its Subsidiaries Bodies;
(g) Assist the Governing Bodies Unit to perform other mandatory duties;
(h) Perform other duties as assigned.

The UNEP Governance Affairs Office internship is for 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 office to which the intern is assigned to; the nature of specific projects and the internship duration.

under the supervision of a staff member the intern will:
Duties may include, but not limited to:
-Carry out research, analysis and drafting of documents presenting data and information gathered from diverse sources to support the implementation of projects and activities-Support the preparation of briefing, information material and presentations.
-Assist with the website and database management and update as well as the organization of meetings, workshops, 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.
-Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents.


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:
Studies in Environmental and Development policy,Media and Communication,Educational studies,International relations,social studies,business administration.

Work Experience

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


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.

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.