Intern (To support Sustainable Development Goals implementation in West Asia)

Manama, , BH

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.

United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to visa, travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne and arranged by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment (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. West Asia Office delivers its support through projects and activities for capacity building, policy advise, advocacy, information and knowledge exchange, and awareness.Hence, UN Environment’s West Asia Office’s main objective is to develop relevant programmes to respond to the needs of the region, with a focus on enabling member states to achieve their visions for a sustainable future in line with the 2030 Agenda.

UN Environment, as the environment arm of the UN system, is mandated to address environmental issues and their management, and as such has a critical role to play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on the full integration of the environmental dimensions across its implementation. As the 2030 Agenda is a country-led agenda, the role of UN Environment’s Regional Offices is critically important in getting our technical guidance and policy support to the member states, in partnership with sister UN agencies, and in the case of the West Asia region, the League of Arab States. 

The internship will support the identification of relevant entry points for UN Environment in supporting countries of the region in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and assist in the development of advocacy and outreach materials as well as practical interventions in support of initiatives undertaken by the various UN Country Teams with which UN Environment is working.

The Intern will work under the supervision of the Regional Development Coordinator.


1.Update information, prepare briefs and basic reports, stories for the media and UN Environment website on issues related to the implementation of the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda in countries of the region. 
2.Support the development of a UN Environment West Asia Office menu of service lines in support of the Sustainable Development Goals 
3.Identifying linkages with similar programmes/projects in the region and opportunities to build new partnerships and promote synergy and cooperation. 
4.Assist in the development of UN Environment inputs, and review documents relating to the Voluntary National Reviews being prepared by Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE for presentation to the High Level Political Forum in July 2018. 
5.Perform other duties as required.

Expected accomplishments:
Awareness raised on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, their implementation in the region and UN Environment contributions to this
Expanded information and knowledge on the services that UN Environment provides in the region in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Established synergies with other related programmes in the region to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of support to member states.


-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.

Studies in environment, political science, international development, or law preferred.


Work Experience

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



English and French are the working language of the UN Secretariat. For this internship, fluency (oral and written) in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic 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.

No Fee