Intern (Environment Affairs)

Bonn, , DE

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 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 Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and its Agreements (i.e. the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), ASCOBANS and EUROBATS) aim to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. CMS is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. The CMS Secretariat maintains close institutional and programmatic linkages with its instruments, even with those Agreements that are legally independent. CMS and its Instruments are often collectively referred to as the “CMS Family”. At present, there are 125 countries including the EU, which have become a Contracting Party of the Convention. The CMS Secretariat is located at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.

This internship is located within the Terrestrial Species Team of the UNEP/CMS Secretariat. The unit deals with implementation of Activities listed in the CMS Programme of Work related to Terrestrial Species. The start date is flexible, as long as the internship commences within a year of graduation.

The internship is UNPAID. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the Terrestrial Team’s current list of projects, as well as the internship period. The intern will assist in the development and daily management of a wide spectrum of research and implementation tasks.

Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff to which they are assigned.

The internship is for a minimum of 3 months with the possibility of extending up to a maximum of 6 months.


Under the direct supervision of the Terrestrial Species Programme Officer,
the intern will:
•Assist with planning international workshops and events
•Research a variety of topics for the Terrestrial Species team
•Assist in the preparation of the 12th Meeting of the Parties to CMS
•Assist in the production of Electronic Newsletters for the CAMI program in English and possibly in Russian;
•Assist with a variety of other tasks as they arise
•Russian speaking interns will be asked to draft international correspondence.
Daily responsibility will depend on the individual’s background and the internship period.


-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.

•Have a keen interest in terrestrial species of animals, Africa and Central Asia, and the work of the United Nations;
•Have ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs;
•Have a keen interest in the environment and international relations, in particular international wildlife and/or habitat conservation;
•Be computer literate in standard office software applications (Microsoft office, Outlook or similar).

Work Experience

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


Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.

Working 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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