• Added Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018

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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’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, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements. Located within UN Environment’s Economy Division, the Resources and Market Branch (RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and 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 in accordance with integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development. Over the past years, the focus of the RMB has been UN Environment’s work related to an Inclusive Green Economy.

This recruitment is for two internship positions within RMB’s Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit. Please indicate in your application cover letter which position you would like to be considered for, or if you would like to be considered for both positions. Please also indicate your availability.

The RMB internship is for 3-6 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.


•Position #1, from 2 January to 29 March 2019, will be linked to the following streams of UN Environment’s Green Economy work:
o Fiscal policy reform, green finance and investment, green economy and health, and green public procurement;

This area of work explores the role of fiscal policy as an instrument to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Agreement. It supports global efforts on green fiscal policy reforms and advises countries on how fiscal policies can support the inclusive green economy and delivery of the SDGs across different sectors and thematic areas from climate change, water, energy and extractives, to chemicals, agriculture and fisheries among others. It also includes the work of the Green Fiscal Policy Network (GFPN) - a joint partnership established by UN Environment, the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and dialogue on green fiscal policies.

Position #1 will entail assisting with the following tasks:
o Prepare concept notes and briefing notes in the area of green fiscal policy;
o Carry out background research to support the development of new project proposals on green fiscal policies;
o Assist with the overall implementation and dissemination of fiscal policy studies, including support to the review, production and dissemination of studies and updating inventories of fiscal knowledge products;
o Supporting the Green Fiscal Policy Network: this includes updating the Network website with relevant news items and recent research of interest to the Network partners and virtual community; updating the Network’s contact database, developing country profiles on green fiscal policies and supporting the preparation and dissemination of communication materials and blogs through the Network website;
o Prepare communication materials and support outreach activities on fiscal policy and green finance, update a global events calendar, and assist with the organization of workshops, events and conferences in the area of green fiscal policies;
o Support the monitoring and planning of the work of the team, including updating the progress of the fiscal work stream based on inputs from colleagues; and
o Support the team with other activities as requested.

•Position #2, from 7 January 2019 - 7 July 2019, will be linked to the following streams of UN Environment’s Green Economy work:
o Sustainable Infrastructure and its role in supporting the SDGs
o Green Economy Policy Review: assessing the impacts of Green Economy policies at the country level; and,
o Activities of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

Position #2 will entail assisting with the following tasks:
o Preparing concept notes and short briefings in the above-mentioned areas;
o Carrying out background research, including data collection and draft inputs to support the development working papers and studies related to the Green Economy Policy Review, PAGE China activities on industrial parks, and the work stream on sustainable infrastructure;
o Reviewing and commenting on research products and supporting their publication;
o Assisting with the implementation of research projects and country-level implementation of the above-mentioned projects, including outreach to and coordination with national partners and governments;
o Preparing communication material and supporting outreach activities;
o Organizing and planning for workshops and round tables related to the above-mentioned areas; and,
o Supporting other activities as requested.


Core Competencies:
-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);
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.

Work Experience

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

However, the candidates should have strong analytical skills, and a sound knowledge of the nexus of environmental issues and economics. Previous work experience in the area of green economy, climate change, or environmental economics would be a valuable asset. Excellent research, communication and writing skills in English, as well as a high degree of motivation and self-organization are required. For both positions, good writing and reading skills in another UN language are an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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) 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.

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.

No Fee


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