Intern (Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Sub-programme in West Asia)

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Posting Title: INTERN – to support the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts Sub-programme in West Asia, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: MANAMA
Posting Period: 07 December 2017 – 15 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-89778-J-Manama (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity



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.

The overall objective of the UN Environment ‘s West Asia Office is to support countries adopting environment and sustainable development policies, programmes and plans. West Asia Office delivers its support through projects and activities for capacity building, policy advise, advocacy, information and knowledge exchange, and awareness.

UN Environment’s medium term strategy and programme of work is implemented through seven sub-programmes. The Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme convenes critical environmental governance and resilience building objectives across programmes of work in West Asia countries in the midst of conflict as well as those facing the consequences of conflicts and displacement across the sub-region. UN Environment’s work in this area aims to reduce the threats to health and livelihoods from the environmental causes and consequences of natural disasters, industrial accidents and armed conflicts. The strategy for the period focuses on integrating best practice environmental approaches into the key risk reduction, response and recovery policies and plans of countries and the international community to protect human life, health and the environment.

The intern works under the supervision of the Programme Officer responsible for coordination of the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme in the West Asia Office


Under the Supervision of the Programme Officer responsible for coordination of the Resilience to Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme in the West Asia region the intern will:

1.Monitor and report on emerging environmental issues within West Asia countries affected by disasters and conflicts;
2.Conduct basic research and analysis of the environmental drivers and consequences of conflict, instability and migration, including gaps in knowledge and innovation related to mainstreaming environmental dimensions within humanitarian response and recovery programming;
3.Develop and update country profiles highlighting environmental issues facing priority countries within the Disasters and Conflicts sub-programme portfolio;
4.Undertake research related to environmental peacebuilding opportunities within conflict and post-conflict settings across the West Asia region; 
5.Update information, prepare briefs and basic reports, stories for the media on issues related disasters and conflicts; 
6.Assist in the formulation of project proposals by compiling baseline information;
7.Assist in the preparation of workshops and meetings minutes;
8.Perform other duties as required

Expected accomplishments:
Awareness raised on emerging and ongoing environmental issues in disaster and conflict-affected countries in the region;
Expanded information and knowledge on links between environmental governance, resilience and stability in West Asia;
Support identification and pursuit of programmatic synergies with related sub-programmes through the Sustainable Development Goals


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

Studies in (environmental science, development, social science , biology, agriculture, or environmental science, business administration, international relations, 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 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