Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme 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.
The internship is with the Eco-innovation team at UN Environment, Economy Division, Paris, France. It is to start on 25 July 2022 and is for a duration of six months. Please do not apply if you are not available for the whole duration of the internship, at the set dates.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work 35 hours five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
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.
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.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, the intern will assist with the development of the communication and research activities of UNEP’s Eco-innovation projects. 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 the preparation of online workshops and events. This includes preparing PowerPoint slides, helping to identify and invite participants and speakers, preparing summary notes, etc.
• Assist in the development of presentations and communication materials for promoting eco-innovation and circularity in international events, meetings or conferences, including promotion of relevant case studies and publications
• Assist in the implementation of the InTex project in Africa and the GEF SAICM project in Colombia and Sri Lanka, including supporting the review of deliverables from implementing partners and the planning and roll out of training.
• Conduct research and gather data on eco-innovation and circularity, for instance on COVID-19 impacts or sustainable business models in prioritized sectors, such as textiles.
The intern will support the implementation of the following projects:
Eco-innovation is an approach that supports SMEs in the development and application of a business model, shaped by a new business strategy, that incorporates sustainability throughout all business operations based on life cycle thinking and in cooperation with partners across the value chain. UNEP assists especially small and medium-sized enterprises to apply this methodology, but also promotes this approach to policy makers and other actors in key value chains. In support of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)-4 resolution 4, UNEP is conducting a series of online training courses, outreach, and implementation.
UNEP is implementing a three-year project to promote innovative business practices and economic models in the textile value chain. During the period of the internship, technical intermediaries from three countries in Africa will be onboarded and (online) training will be provided on eco-innovation. The project will allow technical intermediaries to train companies as well as work with policymakers on enabling conditions to incentivize private sector implementation of eco-innovation.
Global Best Practices on Emerging Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM:
The SAICM GEF 9771 project focuses on two emerging policy issues: Lead in paint, and Chemicals in products, which generate particular environmental and health challenges. Component 2 is developing new tools and guidance to reduce the use of chemicals of concern in the building products, electronics and toys sectors and provides training and support for government and value chain actors to trial and adopt new guidance and tools. This includes work on eco-innovation in Colombia and Sri Lanka.
Communication, Client Orientation, Teamwork, Planning and organizing
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.
Teamwork: 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for
contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time
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.
Masters or enrollment in Masters in Environmental Issues, Business Studies, International Development, International Relations, Public Relations, Economics or similar field.
Applicants must at the time of application, commencement and during the internship:
• Be enrolled in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) programme;
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• Have a 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.
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.
Fluency in English required; Knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage
The shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a written test and candidates shortlisted from this will be invited to a remote interview.
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.
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