Intern (Environmental Affairs)

Panama City, , PA

Posting Title:    INTERN – ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:    United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:    PANAMA CITY
Posting Period:    24 January 2018 – 23 January 2019
Job Opening Number:    18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-91897-J-Panama City (O)
Staffing Exercise    N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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.

Under the direct supervision of the Climate Change Coordinator in ROLAC, the intern will work within a small team and be highly involved in day-to-day activities. The intern will be involved in climate change projects being currently implemented by UN Environment, such as the Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action (REGATTA,, Microfinance for Ecosystem based Adaptation (MEbA,, Urban Ecosystem Based Adaptation, and provide support in the preparation of project documents related to the National Adaptation Plans and Technical assistances for the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

The internship will have a strong focus on adaptation to climate change projects/programmes in the region. 

The UN Environment/Latin America and the Caribbean Office/ Disasters and Conflicts Subprogramme internship is for 6 months. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (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.

The intern will work with UNEP-Latin America and the Caribbean Office’s, under the supervision of the Climate Change Coordinator and the activities to be carried out/support within the framework of this internship are:

1.Research and analysis on the status of climate change policies and strategies, requiring desktop research, communications with project partners and communications with relevant ministries.

2.Development of analysis, briefings and presentations for global, regional, and national workshops and seminars on climate change. When required, the intern will also support the general organization of events, including sending of invitations to participants/speakers, developing agendas, and printing of materials.

3.Support partnership building with climate change stockholders, including international agencies; national governments; bi-lateral donors; and environmental organizations. The intern will support the development of presentations for meetings with prospective partners and development of project proposals. 

4.Support the development of communications including that of electronic newsletters while also managing a contact database for countries interested in developing new climate change initiatives.

5.Support the development, revision, and implementation of Climate Change Adaptation projects/programmes in the region.

6.Perform other related duties 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

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.

The candidate should have strong analytical skills, and sound knowledge of climate change, environmental policies, natural resources management and/or a related area of studies.

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

Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.

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

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 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