Environmental Affairs Intern

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

Posting Title:INTERN – ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:20 February 2018 – 06 March 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-93178-J-Geneva (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
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 Sustainable United Nations facility (Sustainable UN, SUN) was established by UN Environment in 2008 with the aim of enabling the UN agencies to achieve climate neutrality and environmental sustainability. UN Environment also hosts the UN Environment Management Group (EMG). The EMG is a network of 47 UN system entities that have been officially designated to implement the UN climate neutrality and internal sustainability commitments. Sustainable UN assists the EMG by providing tools, training and – most importantly- a forum for experience exchange. 

Sustainable UN coordinates the Greening the Blue campaign that includes the annual environmental inventories of the UN system on greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water management practices and quantities, as well as environmental sustainability initiatives. Over 60 UN entities take part of the annual reporting cycle of the ‘Greening the Blue’ report. Sustainable UN also works with individual agencies to develop emissions reduction plans, and provides information to UN staff on how they can reduce their impacts. SUN guidance has so far focused on facilities, procurement, sustainable meetings, travel, ICT and distance working. More recently SUN has started work on water management and has intensified its guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) as a tool for a systematic way to reduce emissions and improve environmental performance.

The Internship is for a duration of six months

The Internship is UNPAID and full time.

Interns work five days per week (35 to 40 hours) under the supervision of the staff member assigned to them.


Under the direct supervision of the Sustainable UN coordinator, and in close collaboration with SUN staff members, the intern will:

•Provide support with the Sustainable Lifestyles in the office project;
•Support in the analysis of synergies between SUN and the Sustainable Development Goals;
•Provide support with communication activities within SUN;
•Provide assistance in maintaining and updating the Greening the Blue website together with the communications consultant;
•Support the SUN team in the creation and implementation of a client’s satisfaction survey;
•Assist in organizing meetings of various system-wide sustainability working groups, take notes and write bulletins and reports as requested;
•Maintain and update the UN sustainability focal points list;
•Assist in organizing SUN team’s meetings, and responsibility for note taking and meetings’ reports;
•Provide assistance in the day to day work.



•Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
•Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
•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

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


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, communications, media relations, and/or social science are preferred.

Work Experience

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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: 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee