Programme Support Intern

Panama City, Panama 🇵🇦

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 regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) 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 of UNEP (UNEA).

Within ROLAC the Unit on Resource Efficiency promotes and supports countries and stakeholders to design policies and initiatives to reduce the use of natural resources and its related negative impacts, supports countries in the transition to green economies and more sustainable patterns of consumption and production, which are important elements to achieve sustainable development. In this context UNEP is implementing regional initiatives on “Inclusive Green Economy and Sustainable Finances” with the objective of providing capacity development and technical assistance to the public and private sectors on the development of inclusive green economy policies and sustainable finance products and practices, to achieve maximum synergies and better deliver the common goal of sustainable development. The Inclusive Green Economy initiative is being implemented in 9 countries within the LAC region (Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saint Lucia, Uruguay). Concerning Sustainable Finance the Latina American Task Force (LATF) of UNEP FI has over 50 signatories in the region, mostly from the banking sector but with few members from the insurance industry.

The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean UNEP/ROLAC 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 intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the Supervision of Regional Sub Programme Coordinator -Resources Efficiency Unit the intern will be supporting the following projects:

– Resource efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean
– Inclusive Green Economy Initiative (IGE)
– Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
– UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

More specifically, the job will entail the following tasks:

1. Support activities for the implementation of the Latin America and the Caribbean Strategy on Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) including activities from PAGE, and UNEP FI, which includes:

a) Assist with the organization of meetings, workshops, seminars on IGE and UNEP FI, including the preparation participants list, draft agendas, co-drafting background materials, and meeting reports
b) Review literature and prepare summaries with main findings on resource efficiency, green economy and sustainable finance.
c) Support the work of the Resource Efficiency Website with web-friendly text – concise and accurate, and keeping it to date with the latest events of news of the Unit.

2. Carry out research, analysis and drafting of documents presenting data and information gathered from diverse sources on the LAC situation on green economy, green growth, sustainable finance and sustainable development, this includes:

a) Research, analyze and present data and information gathered from diverse sources to support the implementation of projects and activities related to green economy and sustainable finance.
b) Support with the follow-up and provision of technical assistance for the national, sub-regional and regional/global component of inclusive green economy and UNEP FI (e.g. revision of some deliverables, collecting relevant information/data on the topic, reporting progress, engagement and dissemination of the reports in the LAC region, scaling up and replicating through potential partnerships with other organizations, etc).
c) Support the preparation of translations, briefings, communication notes, information material and power point presentations.

3. Support other activities of the Resource Efficiency Unit 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

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently

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:
Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in Economics, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or a related area to sustainable development. The intern must be enrolled and be able to submit a university endorsement once selected for this position.

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 and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). 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 inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. 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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