Intern (Environment Affairs) #2

Panama City, , PA

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 (UN Environment) 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 Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City works closely with the 33 countries of the region – including 16 small island developing States, with a population of about 588 million people. The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

In the early 1980’s, the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean requested UNEP to create an environmental training network for high-level experts. As a result, the General Programme of the Environmental Training Network for Latin America and the Caribbean started in 1982, supported by UNEP. The main objective of this network is to coordinate, promote and support activities in the areas of environmental education, capacity-building and training in the region.

Decision 3 of the Twentieth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cartagena, Colombia, 8-31 March 2016 expressed that “ environmental education is a key part of policies for sustainable development, to take care of the planet, to understand the causes of environmental degradation processes and its consequences, to propose solutions and to transform values, behavior and visions towards sustainable development, devoted to poverty eradication, peace, inclusion, respect for multiculturalism, gender equality, participation of youth, sustainable consumption and production, decent work, improving the quality of life and environmental protection” (

At the global level, UNEP is heading the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), a platform that engages universities globally in responding to the challenges of sustainable development, by supporting innovative and relevant approaches to education. UNEP/ROLAC has been supporting this initiative in the region aiming integrating environment and sustainability aspects in the curricula of the Universities, improving daily procurement-related operations, water and energy use, and waste disposal management as well as relationships with communities.

The UN Environment/Latin America and the Caribbean Office/Environmental Education Unit internship is for 6 months. 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.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

The intern will work with UNEP-Latin America and the Caribbean Office’s Environmental Education Unit, under the supervision of the Environmental Training Network’s Programme Officer. The position will:
-Support the implementation of the activities of the work plan 2016-2018 of the Environmental Training Network of Latin America and the Caribbean, based on decision 3 on environmental education adopted by the Twentieth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean.
-Review literature and prepare summaries with main findings on successful experiences on environmental education in Latin America and the Caribbean (formal, non-formal and informal), in line with sustainable development objective (SDG) 4 on quality of education and, particularly, its target 7.
-Review the Environmental Training Network of Latin America and the Caribbean website and related-information products in light of renewed contents an image.
-Assist with the organization of meetings, workshops, seminars, webinars and other similar activities setting agendas, developing necessary background materials, sourcing appropriate speakers, and report writing. Particularly the face-to-face meeting of the focal points of the Environmental Training Network to be held during the second semester of 2017 and the II Latin American Forum of Universities and Sustainability also to be held during the second semester of 2017.
-Develop guidelines on environmental education for local or municipal plans.
-Support other activities as requested.


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:
Economy, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or a related area preferred.

Work Experience

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


Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages 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.