INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS
Application deadline 2 months ago: Wednesday 7 Dec 2022 at 23:59 UTCOpen application form
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Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.
UNEP's Economy Division provides solutions to decision-makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms to improve the quality of the environment and the well-being of citizens. It promotes sustainable patterns of consumption and production and the efficient use of natural resources, ensures safe management of chemicals and contributes to making trade and environmental policies mutually supportive. The Economy Division has successfully implemented projects at the global level, in the areas of sustainable lifestyles and education domains such as food, fashion, leisure and mobility, life cycle applications, eco-innovation, cleaner production, sustainable tourism, sustainable food systems, renewable energy, and consumer information.
The Consumption and Production Unit, Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division promotes Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in governments and businesses worldwide. One focus area of the Unit is to promote sustainable lifestyles and education utilizing tools such as, the Anatomy of Action and the Good Life Goals, by working with partners and institutions at a global scale, identifying opportunities for collaboration along those value chains and implementing interventions, as well as convening relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable living and education goals.
This intern post is located in the Consumption and Production Unit at the Paris duty station, supporting the work of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. As an intern you will directly report to the Programmer Officer of the Unit.
The Internship is for 6 months and UNPAID. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
Responsibilities Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.
The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Programmer Officer, Consumption and Production Unit (CPU). The intern will work on CPU projects and also on implementation of activities related to the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme, which contribute to the related One Planet Network activities.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
¿ Managing the social media presence of the Anatomy of Action within different social media platforms to promote the initiative’s values and educational content. ¿ Planning and developing social media strategies and campaigns. ¿ Developing compelling content and posting it on various social media platforms. ¿ Analyzing public engagement and being on top of the latest social media trends. ¿ Assisting with the preparation and follow-through of collaborative work with universities. ¿ Substantive drafting of correspondence. ¿ Assisting in various research-based tasks associated with the projects of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education team. ¿ Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings, including providing technical assistance during virtually-held meetings. ¿ Organizing and updating the CPU folder on the P-drive. ¿ Assisting the CPU team with the implementation of projects, preparing documents in English or other relevant language and liaising with contacts from 10YFP SLE Programme Partner organizations or project countries. ¿ Support drafting of substantive inputs to correspondence, briefs, presentations and project documents as well as assist in the organization of meetings with its meeting minutes drafted
Competencies Communications- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English. 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.
Technological Awareness- 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 the final group decisions, even when such may not entirely reflect one's own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
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 the final group decisions, even when such may not entirely reflect one's own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Education 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) in Communications, Marketing or Design, Sustainable Development, Economics, Environmental Studies, Policymaking or related. 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.
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 No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and [‘fluency’ or ‘knowledge’] of French is [‘desirable’ or ’an advantage’]. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing - Graduation Date - IT skills and programmes you are proficient in - Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).
2. Proof of enrolment from current University (if not graduated).
3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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 THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.