Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment (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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment ‘s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The loss of forest, and the accompanying loss of ecosystems and the services they provide, threatens the security and livelihoods of local communities, reduces access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, it has become apparent that the most significant threat to the world’s remaining forests is conversion for commercial agriculture and other non-forest use. Many of the environmental benefits of intact forest are unpriced ‘externalities’, resulting in the market mispricing natural forest assets. By converting forest to land and then producing tradeable commodities that the market can price, land users are able to take advantage of this perceived arbitrage opportunity. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests in the foreseeable future. This implies that the pressure will get even bigger than it is today without a changing paradigm as to how land is managed and agricultural commodities are produced. The challenge is to develop business models that can manage sustainable commodity production while also maintaining forest and forest ecosystem services.
UN Environment is interested in expanding its work in unlocking private finance for sustainable land use, by establishing finance facilities that help reduce the risk and costs for private sector actors to direct capital to agribusiness firms and other private sectors. This is on the condition that more stringent forest protection and/or restoration measures are developed. In parallel, UN Environment will work with partner governments to create the right enabling framework – through regulation and economic incentives – to accelerate the drive towards sustainable land use.
This internship position is within the UN Environment / Ecosystems Division / Terrestrial Ecosystem Unit and reports to the Finance and Economics Coordinator, Sustainable Land Use at UN Environment in Geneva (Switzerland).
The UN Environment/UN-REDD Programme Secretariat internship is for six (6) months.
The Internship is unpaid and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
Under the Supervision of the Programme Officer, the intern will:
•Support the Finance and Private Sector Coordinator of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Unit at UN Environment with ongoing activities related to UN-REDD
•Carry out relevant background analysis on private sector engagement in the agribusiness, finance and extractive sectors
•Support work in relation to the finance facilities that are being set up to unlock private finance for sustainable land use
•Draft minutes and briefings
•Carry out other duties on a needs basis
Good report writing skills
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
Asks questions to clarify, and shows 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
Has demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand as well as be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Good interpersonal skills
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.
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 supervisor informed and to anticipate problems
Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client
•Computer literate in standard software applications
•Good analytical skills
•Has demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter
Applicants must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:
•Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); Enrollment in a graduation programme focused on (environmental) economics, finance, business administration or natural resource management OR
•Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) OR
•Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by a hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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).
3.A list of IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, why you feel you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
4.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.