Intern (UN Environment Campaigns and partnerships in West Asia)

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Manama, , BH

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 UN Environment – Regional Office for West Asia, established in Manama, Bahrain, is one of the UN Environment’s six regional offices. It coordinates UN Environment’s Programme of Work in West Asia, providing the link between UN Environment’s Divisions and the countries of the region. Hence, UN Environment’s West Asia Office’s main objective is to develop relevant programmes to respond to the needs of the region, with a focus on enabling member states to achieve their visions for a sustainable future in line with the 2030 Agenda.

UN Environment, as the environment arm of the UN system, is mandated to address environmental issues and their management, and as such recognises the critical role of outreach and advocacy through campaigns and other awareness raising and special initiatives. For such initiatives to reach their full potential, the development of strategic partnerships with stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, global, regional and national organisations and civil society actors is essential.

The internship will support the implementation of such campaigns and the identification and follow up of relevant partnerships for their delivery. 

The internship is UNPAID. The internship is for a duration of three months
Interns work 35-40 hours per week under the supervision of the officer to whom assigned.
Duty station: Manama, Bahrain


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Development Coordination Officer, the intern is requested to perform the following tasks: 
1.Support the implementation of UN Environment campaigns in the West Asia region through ongoing research to identify opportunities with countries and strategic partners on the various UN Environment campaign themes.
2.Identify relevant interlinkages with similar approaches being implemented in the region to develop opportunities for partnership and upscaling. 
3.Update information, prepare briefs and basic reports, stories for the media and UN Environment website on UN Environment campaigns being implemented in the region
4.Contribute to the engagement of the private sector in campaigns and other UN Environment programmes and projects, identifying potential partners, and compiling briefing materials.
5.Contribute to the regular updating of the partnerships database in the West Asia region.
6.Perform other duties as required 

Expected accomplishments:

•Awareness raised on the UN Environment campaigns across the region
•Greater engagement of governments and other partners in UN Environment campaigns and a growing portfolio of related activities 
•Enhanced private sector and other stakeholder engagement in the work of UN Environment in the region
•Established synergies with other related programmes in the region to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of support to member states.


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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relation in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

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
Required Skills and Experience


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

Preferred area of study
environmental science, business administration, international relations, communications, law, or related 

•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.

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 is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


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