Intern (Environment Affairs)

Nairobi, , KE

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. 

The global Agenda 2030 can only be achieved by engaging and empowering stakeholders, mobilizing partnerships and engaging untapped innovative approaches. While it is widely acknowledged that the role of civil society and non-government organization is crucial, the full spectrum of such organizations has not been adequately addressed including those organizations based on faith, values, culture and indigenous knowledge. Building on the cultural diversity is significant and fulfills the fourth dimension of sustainable development as called for in Rio Summits. 

Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) have been recognized by the UN system as key and important players in eradicating poverty, improving people’s health, protecting the environment and thus achieving sustainable development. In many countries, spiritual beliefs and religion are main drivers for cultural values, social inclusion, political engagement, and economic prosperity. Utilizing the dynamics of these beliefs at the local level and the role of faith actors is crucial for sustainable development. Conserving the environment has not been absent from the focus of faith-based organizations. 

For UN Environment, the integrated approach should facilitate the integration of religious and cultural values to ensure inclusive green and transformative development through adopting lifestyles that are informed by faith-based values and behaviors to achieve sustainable consumption and production. For this purpose, UN Environment is launching a global initiative to strategically engage with faith-based organizations with a mission to “To Encourage, Empower and Engage with Faith-Based Organizations as partners, at all levels, toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling Agenda 2030.” To be able to do so, the organization will engage with faith-based organizations to realize an impact on local communities’ sustainable livelihoods based on common spiritual values. The Strategy focuses on mobilizing faith-based investments in supporting SDGs implementation while greening their assets and providing the needed knowledge for effective messages of faith leaders with decision makers and the public. The three overarching goals of the strategy relate to 1) Leadership for policy impact; 2) Green Faith-Based Financing to achieve the SDGs; and 3) Knowledge-based decision support system.

This internship is located within the Division for Policy and Programme special initiative on faith and the environment based in Nairobi. 

The internship is unpaid and is full time. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the major tasks assigned to the intern as well as the internship period. Interns work five days per week (40hours) under the direction of the principal advisor of the initiative and in cooperation with other staff of the division.

The internship will support the research around the goals of the initiative and the identification of relevant entry points for UN Environment in supporting programmes, initiative and countries in the implementation of the engagement strategy as well as provide support to communicating environmental faith-based messages using social media outlets of UN Environment and the network of faith-based organizations. 

The internship has a minimum duration of 3 months and a maximum duration of 6 months. A three months’ internship, based on agreement and availability of supervision and space, can be extended later up to the maximum duration of 6 months.


Under the direct supervision of the Principal Advisor of the faith and environment initiative, the intern will:

•Assist in implementing the Faith and Environment Strategy by supporting the principal coordinator in the research of linkages between different faiths and environment conservation.
• Research, structure and tabulate different approaches to environmental organizations on the wide spectrum on environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity protection, water management and sustainable consumption and production.;
•Assist in the preparation of global meetings on faith and the environment expected to be held in April 2018; 
•Assist in the production of content for use on the social media promoting and inspiring actions be faith believers to conserve the environment;
•Assist in the day-to-day management of the social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram) in particular in the context of communication campaigns; 
•Support in connecting and communicating with faith-based environmental organizations;
•Support in the writing of different progress reports, project document, and articles on linkages between faith, values and beliefs to environmental conservation.


-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) enrolled in a graduate school (second university degree) or higher in the area
b) in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent)
c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined in a) and b)) and must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 

The applicant should 
•have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations 
•have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter
•have 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.

Preferred area of study 
A degree programme in environmental studies, communications, media studies, international relations or journalism and other social sciences, including sociology, theology, political science, as well as in the areas of information and knowledge management, or related field.

Work Experience

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


Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.

The following language skills would be an asset: French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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.