Bonn, , DE


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The secretariat supports the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement through a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties. The Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) programme is leading in the development and effective implementation of innovative approaches to broaden the engagement in and effectiveness of action to mitigate climate change and drive sustainable development. SDM supports the operationalization of the cooperative approaches established by Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and broader efforts to engage non-Party stakeholders in climate action. SDM manages the NAZCA (Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action) platform, supports the COP Presidencies’ Climate Action Champions and supports the implementation of the three Kyoto mechanisms – the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI), and International Emissions Trading (IET).

Global Climate Action (GCA) supports implementation of the Paris Agreement by enabling collaboration between governments and the cities, regions, businesses and investors that must act on climate change. Its mission is to step up collaboration between governments and key stakeholders to immediately lower emissions and increase resilience against climate impacts. These actions will be guided by the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and undertaken in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Global Climate Action has a particular focus on immediate climate actions between now and 2020 to support the success and overachievement of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). It aims to take ambition to new heights and will also look to spur new climate action in areas of untapped potential.

Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) places great importance on promoting education, training and public awareness at both global and local level, whether it be school or university students, teachers, workers, farmers, government officials, investors or business leaders.

Objectives of the internship assignment

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Programme Officer (UNFCCC Education and Youth Focal Point), and in close collaboration with staff members of the GCA unit, the intern will support the implementation of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention on matters related to youth, education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation.

The particular functions will be:

  • Assist the team in organizing and preparing education and youth events for COP 24;
  • Support the organization of the Global Youth Video Competition 2018;
  • Prepare written outputs such as feature articles, newsletters, power point presentations;
  • Prepare Tweets, Facebook posts on Action for Climate Empowerment;
  • Assist the team in the maintenance of the ACE webpages;
  • Support the organization of activities for national focal points for ACE;
  • Assist with the preparation of official ACE documents and reports related to education, training and public awareness;
  • Assist in other tasks being carried out by the GCA unit as required.


The internship is for a period of minimum three to maximum six months. The exact period will be determined based on the availability of the intern, the needs of the programme, and the intern’s on-going university enrolment and performance. The selected intern will work onsite at the UNFCCC campus in Bonn, Germany.


Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in a Master’sprogramme at a recognized university at the time of application and for the duration of the internship. Candidates must be fluent in English (both oral and written) and have strong writing, analytical and research skills. Studies in the field of public policy, public relations or journalism are preferred. Prior exposure to another UN organization, Inter-governmental Organization and/or youth organization is an asset.

Internship conditions

UNFCCC secretariat internships are not remunerated and the selected intern will be responsible for all costs before, during and after the internship assignment. Interns of the UNFCCC secretariat are not considered to be staff members. The selected intern will work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) at the UNFCCC premises in Bonn, Germany. For more detailed information about UNFCCC Internship programme please visit the internship section on our recruitment webpage.

Application procedure

Candidates who are interested in this assignment and meet the minimum requirements must use the on-line application system and include a cover letter. Due to the high number of applications, only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for a telephone interview. Application deadline: 31 May 2018