Intern (Disaster Risk Reduction)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Posting Title:INTERN – DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:01 December 2017 – 15 December 2017
Job Opening Number:17-Programme Management-UNEP-89493-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A


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. 

UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
As part of the Ecosystems Division, the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch extends UN Environment’s work to areas of the world where the natural and human environment have been damaged from conflicts or disasters. Specialized environmental expertise is provided to rapidly identify risks to health, livelihoods and ecosystem services and to integrate environmental needs within the recovery process. 
The Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch promotes sustainable management of natural resources in conflict and disaster affected countries. The branch’s work demonstrates to decision makers the importance of natural resources management as a precondition for sustainable development and as an instrument for peace building and disaster risk reduction. Since 1999, the team has conducted field operations in over 40 countries and works in close cooperation with the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding frameworks of the UN system. More information can be found at
In addition, since 2008, UN Environment has supported a unique partnership of 24 organisations known as the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), which promotes and advocates for ecosystem-based solutions for disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) as well as adaptation to climate change-related risks. PEDRR is the primary platform through which UN Environment collaborates and leverages its influence on Eco-DRR. UN Environment’s Eco-DRR portfolio has five components: global advocacy, capacity building and training, field implementation, development of knowledge products and partnerships. UN Environment hosts the Secretariat of PEDRR which disseminates a weekly newsletter and manages PEDRR’s social media and public outreach. 
Another specific area of our work on disaster risk reduction is addressing environmental risks in the extractives industry, including the oil and gas sectors. Since its publication of the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland in 2011, UN Environment is aiming to enhance national capacities to prevent potential environmental impacts associated with extractives industries. Starting in 2016, UN Environment, in collaboration with the Government of Norway’s Oil for Development (OfD) Programme, is working to strengthen the environmental management of the oil and gas sectors in 13 OfD-supported countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. This work entails development and delivery of capacity building / training courses, conducting capacity needs assessment and delivery of trainings and workshops and collaboration with universities and civil society.
This internship position is for a person who will support UN Environment’s DRR portfolio, its other partnerships and networks.

The Disaster Risk Reduction internship is for a duration of three 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.


Scope of work
1.Support day-to-day management and operations of the PEDRR Secretariat, including:
a.Update and maintain all the documentation regarding the partnership into consolidated physical and electronic filing systems for real-time monitoring;
b.Maintain the Friends of PEDRR Network database as well as PEDRR Trained Trainers and Participants’ database;
c.Support development and implementation of PEDRR’s communication strategy, especially through the use of social media;
d.Develop PEDRR newsletter updates on Eco-DRR related issues on a weekly basis for wide distribution; and maintain the google news group on PEDRR;
e.Maintain the facebook page on PEDRR, establish a subscriber base and create a regular stream of technically interesting update to share information and increase traffic;
f.Maintain other types of social media links, such as LinkedIn, youtube and twitter, establish subscriber base and create a regular stream of technically interesting update to share information and increase traffic;
g.Support further development and maintenance of the PEDRR website; 
h.Support upcoming PEDRR advocacy events, with respect to logistics, communications, planning and organizing

2.Support to UN Environment’s Oil for Development Partnership including: 
a.Undertake desk-based / online research and develop country background papers on the environment and the oil and gas industry in OfD-supported countries;
b.Review training materials available online and support coordination in the development of a number of capacity building/training courses;
c.Review case studies and online videos which could be used for UN Environment’s training courses;
d.Identify key partners who could be engaged to develop and deliver capacity building courses, including national universities in OfD-supported countries;
e.Provide support to logistics preparations for trainings and other planned events; 
f.Any other task assigned by DRR project coordinator. 

3.Support UN Environment’s other Disaster Risk Reduction related activities, including:
a.Updating of UN Environment DRR website/webpages, as requested; 
b.Undertaking literature reviews and research on specific DRR topics, as agreed between selected candidate and UN Environment; 
c.Any other tasks, as required.


-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;



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 French/Spanish is desirable.



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