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.
The interns will work on projects of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit, of the Paris-based Economy Division. The interns will be involved in implementing activities related to the work in Ecolabelling & Consumer Information . The team’s mission is to accelerate the
world’s transition towards more Sustainable Consumption and Production policies and practices by increasing the availability of reliable information to guide consumers’ decision-making. The objective is to support the behavioral change of producers and consumers towards long-term sustainability, in the light of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, thus reducing pressure on the environment whilst fostering social and economic development. For further information have a look at https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/programmes/consumer-information-scp.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the intern can be working on a remote basis. In this case she/ he will have to rely exclusively on its own personal IT equipment and means of connecting to the internet.
This internship is for a six months period, ideally from January to June 2023 or July to December 2023. Interns work five days per week under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer - Ecolabelling & Consumer Information.
Under the overall supervision of the Head, Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officers the intern will:
Assist the Consumer information team with the implementation of the project “Eco-Advance - Greening supply and demand: Advancing Eco-Labels and Sustainable Public Procurement for climate and biodiversity protection (Eco-Advance)”, preparing documents and liaising with contacts from partner organizations or project countries.
- Support regarding outreach, preparation of the agenda as well as logistical and technical assistance during webinars and conferences. This includes:
Support in drafting concept and briefing notes, etc.
- Assist with communication efforts including support for presentations, articles, newsletter, website content development, and general awareness raising materials.
- Assist with research and data collection on themes related to Consumer Information, Eco labeling, Product Life extension, Consumer information and Climate Change as well as Consumer information and Biodiversity
- Draft documents (policy brief, concept notes, articles) and review reports
- Assist with cross-unit collaboration opportunities
- Assist in other tasks associated with the implementation of the Consumer Information team’s projects, as needed and directed by supervising staff member.
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.
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 and uses time efficiently.
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.
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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
An advanced university degree (Bachelor, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in environmental studies, political science, governance, polivy studies, conservation studies, economics or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.
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.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise of a duration of 60 minutes, which may be followed by competency-based 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:
- Why you are interested for this specific internship and what you would bring to the team
- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing and graduation Date
- Your availability (whether you are interested in the January or July internship, if you would like to have a remote or based in Paris internship, note the UN does not support the obtention of a visa)
- IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
2. Proof of enrollment 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.
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.
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.
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