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. UN Environment is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level.
UN Environment’s Asia and the Pacific Office works in 41 countries across the region to promote and implement sustainable development solutions. It works in close partnership with key stakeholders including governments, the private sector, civil society, and other UN agencies. UN Environment’s Asia and the Pacific Office helps to implement all UN Environment’s programmes and projects in the region by initiating, coordinating and catalysing regional and sub-regional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies.
The Environmental Affairs Information Internship is for six months. The internship is unpaid and full-time.
Interns work five days (35-40 hours) per week under the supervision of the Regional Environmental Affairs Officer of UN Environment Asia and the Pacific Office.
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 Regional Environmental Affairs Officer, the intern will:
- Assist with preparation of briefings for senior management, including social, economic, environmental assessment and priorities in the specific countries and region;
- Regular tracking of political developments at the national and subregional levels with inputs from colleagues;
- Assist with preparations of the 3rd Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific scheduled in Jan 2019, including information note, compilation of success stories, VDOs, inputs to planning and organization, follow up on tasks and time line for delivery, identify major groups and stakeholders, follow up with member states and major groups and stakeholders, and inputs to background documents and website;
- Provide inputs to 4th session of the UNEA of UN Environment scheduled in March 2019, including tracking the agenda and outcome documents, inputs to background documents, support communications, stakeholders participation, and other logistical support;
- Inputs and support to any other meetings being organized by regional office;
- Support preparation of background documents, presentations and mission folders; and
- Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
- Clear and effective verbal and written communication;
- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages and responds appropriately;
- Asks questions for clarification and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
- Willing to learn from others;
- Places office agenda before personal agenda.
- Knowledge in environmental issues as well as project management;
- Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks effectively and on time.
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); preferably enrolled in an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with a focus on environmental sciences, natural resource management, communication or international relations;
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
d. Be computer literate in standard software applications;
e. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
f. 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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, experience in writing documents related to environmental issues combining information derived from various sources. Experience and ability to shape documents for different audiences are an desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is essential. Knowledge of another official United Nations language or an Asian language is an asset.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include:
a. A Completed online application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. b. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme);
c. 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;
d. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
In your online Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
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.