Internship in Social and Environmental Management (2 vacancies)

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  • Added Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 10 February 2023
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Background Information - Job-specific

The internship is based in the Health, Safety, Social and Environmental (HSSE) Management team, and will focus on Social and Environmental management activities. The unit falls under the UNOPS Shared Services Centre (SSC) Group in UNOPS Headquarters. Among other activities, the Unit is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of Social and Environmental (SE) good practices in UNOPS projects and operations in line with UNOPS policies, UN common system standards and international best practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting a variety of tasks, work packages and projects dealing with SE management as a part of their internship period. We are seeking qualified applicants who may have Environmental Management, Social Development Studies, Sustainability, Engineering or a related subject as background. The intern will join a dynamic, international environment, and will have access to a variety of training and learning opportunities available in UNOPS HQ.

Internship is expected to start in early 2023 for a duration of 6 months (with a possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance and available funds).

Functional Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities may comprise, but are not limited to, the following:

Support to Social and Environmental (SE) activities:

Support in the continuous development of the social and environmental management system tools and documents; Provide maintenance, update and graphic improvements to the documents and management tools used by the team; Research and information/data collection on social and environmental topics/trends; Support compilation of best practises in SE from within and outside UNOPS; Assist with the preparation of reports, presentation, meeting minutes and other documents; Assist with HSSE training support, preparation of workshops and development of training material; Support with awareness raising and outreach initiatives; Contribute to maintenance and updating of the SE intranet site; Any other duties in support of the team and of the Shared Services Centre.

Learning Objectives:

The internship programme offers unique learning opportunities for interns, exposing them to the work of the United Nations, and enriching their educational experience through practical work in an international organization, with a focus on social and environmental management.

Increased understanding of the UN system

Increased understanding of Social and Environmental Management in the UN

Learning different aspects of climate, safeguards and social/environmental management in an international environment

Meeting and networking with UN City colleagues, UN City Interns and other UNOPS colleagues around the globe

Work as a team member in a multicultural setting

Education/Experience/Language requirements


To be eligible for this particular internship with UNOPS, the candidate must have graduated with a relevant University degree in the past three years or be studying towards a university degree in Environmental Management, Social Development Studies, Sustainability, Engineering or other relevant discipline; or have graduated with a relevant University degree in the past three years

Internship-related experiences:

While no prior work experience is required, some experience in social and environmental management, or in project management will be considered an asset

Additional requirements:

Advanced competency in Google Suite or similar (particularly with G-Sheet or other spreadsheets) is required Good competence with and previous experience using Google Data Studio is an asset Good competence with data analytics and predictive models is an asset An environmental/social management professional certification is an asset

Language Skills:

Fluency in English is required Knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be considered an asset Competencies Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground. Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Internship Contract level: Internship Contract duration: 6 months, with a possibility of extension up to 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance and available funds

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend (currently USD 1300 in Copenhagen) from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 300, 500 or 800 USD (depending on the location at the moment of being selected for the position). However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

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Internships in UN City Copenhagen: Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request. Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks. Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partnersโ€™ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce โ€” a strength that helps us better understand and address our partnersโ€™ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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