Intern - Environment Affairs, Geneva

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: UNEP Geneva

Grade: I-1


Closing date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Posting Title: INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)




Department/ Office: United Nations Environment Programme


Duty Station: GENEVA


Posting Period: 14 June 2017-28 June 2017


Job Opening number: 17-ENV-UNEP-80781-J-GENEVA (O)


Staffing Exercise ID: N/A


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


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.


The other two; United Nations Considerations and No Fee are already in-built thus no need for any change. Please see below a completed screenshot: Organizational 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. 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 Economy Division works with International and nongovernmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, and reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment.


Located within the UN Environment's Economy Division, the Resources & Markets Branch seeks to promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices. More specifically, the Resources & Markets Branch is tasked with scaling up delivery and innovative thinking on the Inclusive Green Economy, Sustainable Production & Consumption, and Trade & Finance.


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The Economy Division internship is for 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.




The intern will assist with updating and implementing the Resources & Markets Branch's Communications strategy. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the individual's background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to:


Assist with social media outreach

Assist with the updating and expanding the Branch website.

Advisory assistance with day-to-day coordination of communications (general liaison, setting up meetings)

Assist with the writing, editing and design of periodicals, including the monthly newsletter, event announcements, and other targeted communications

Assist with the drafting, designing and editing of publications (reports, brochures, etc.)



Core Competencies: Communication:


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



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); Final year undergraduate or master's degree student in communications, journalism, filmmaking, social media, design or a related area, or recently graduated (candidates are eligible for this position up to one year after the graduation date). Knowledge of environmental economics desirable but not essential.


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.


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.


Final year undergraduate or master's degree student in communications, journalism, filmmaking, social media, design or a related area, or recently graduated (candidates are eligible for this position up to one year after the graduation date). Knowledge of environmental economics desirable but not essential. The intern must be able to show proof of enrolment or of graduation date if selected for this position.


Work Experience


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.




Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage




Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.


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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


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 At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.


The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.


No Fee





Job posted on 19 June 2017.

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