Intern (Programme Management)

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Beijing, , CN

Posting Title: INTERN – PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BEIJING
Posting Period: 08 March 2018 – 22 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNEP-94221-J-Beijing (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 United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. UN Environment China Office is responsible for coordinating, promoting and assisting the implementation of UN Environment programmes and initiatives in partnership with the Chinese Government, international organizations, and other stakeholders, notably on Greening Belt and Road Initiatives, resource and energy efficiency, outreach to public and youth, environment and health. 

The Project Management and Outreach Support Interns will support the China Office team, Programme Management Officer and China Coordinator on all activities in China for UN Environment’s seven subprogrammes Climate Change, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Governance, Resource Efficiency, Harmful Substance and Hazardous Waste, Disaster Management and Environment under Review,and emerging and cross-cutting issues, such as Pollution and Health, Ocean, Environment Safety & Security, Urbanization, Wildlife, Green Finance and Economy.

Project Management and Outreach Support Intern (two positions)

The Programme Support internship is for 6 months. A shorter period can be agreed in consultation with the selected applicant provided internship is at least three months long.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time, and based in Beijing, China.

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.

Beijing is a modern city, Capital of China. It has the normal living conditions for a capital city in a middle-income country in Asia.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the intern will:

(1)Prepare draft background materials on environmental issues in China which includes governmental policies and implementation progress, experts views and recommendations on how to enforce the policies, best practices in China and other countries, particularly in relation to UN Environment’s projects related to Belt and Road Initiative and linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals; 

(2)Perform programme and project related research and analysis on environmental topics and issues relevant to the China Office activities and its technical assistance to global and regional projects and related initiatives;

(3)Support communications initiatives and tasks, including support on developing communications products for the priority programme and projects and their flagship initiatives for targeted audiences, as well as support on briefing notes, web-stories, presentations, speeches, and related materials; 

(4)Administration support including low value procurement, travel and visa application, update of equipment inventory, custom clearance, providing logistic support to the high level missions, as well as preparation and organization of meetings and events including venue and meeting facilities set up, logistic arrangements, information packages to participants and media. 

(5)Perform other duties as required.


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.


Currently enrolled in an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) or the final academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor or equivalent), majoring in environmental and natural sciences, economics, business or public administration, English and international studies, or related area. Prior experience in international organizations would be an advantage.

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 this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Chinese are required. Knowledge of another UN Language 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. 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