Intern (Programme Management (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)))
Posting Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 February 2018 - 19 February 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-92143-J-Geneva (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.
At the meeting of the G8+5 Environment Ministers in Potsdam, Germany (March 2007), the participating countries called for a global study on “the economic significance of the global loss of biological diversity” as part of a “Potsdam Initiative” for biodiversity.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative was launched in order to respond to this mandate and resulted in the production of the following series of reports focused on improving understanding of the economic costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and to communicate this understanding to key stakeholders.
Since the launch of these reports in 2010, the TEEB initiative has entered a new phase of work focusing on the implementation of report findings in decision-making at all levels. The UNEP TEEB Office has been established in Geneva to facilitate and support several processes at the country level as well as the sector/biome level.
The purpose of this internship is to assist the TEEB team in carrying out this portfolio of work.
The internship is located the Ecosystems Division located at Geneva.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time with an anticipated start date of March-August 2018.
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.
The duration of an Internship is two months minimum; maximum is six months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.
Under the direct supervision of the TEEB Coordinator, The intern will be involved in supporting a number of activities associated with two of TEEB’s flagship projects:
1.TEEB for Agriculture & Food
2.TEEB Country Studies: “Reflecting the Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Policy-Making”
While the specific details of the internship will vary according to needs of the team and preferences of the intern, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the broad activities below:
1.Research, analyse and present information gathered from diverse sources to support the implementation of TEEB project activities;
2.Support the review of project deliverables;
3.Assist with the organization of meetings and outreach events, developing necessary background materials, sourcing appropriate speakers, and report writing;
4.Support communication activities (e.g. draft stories for social media, TEEB newsletter, etc.);
5.Depending on the incumbent’s skills and background (e.g. specific language skills), country- or region-specific research, and review tasks may be assigned;
6.Support other activities as requested.
-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
-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 governance , Geography, Economic Studies, Development Studies, International Relations, Law or related discipline are preferred.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
- 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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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