Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system-designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
The Resilience to Disasters & Conflicts Global Support Branch (RCDGSB) delivers high quality environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. Field based assessments of the environmental impact of crises form the core of UN Environment's conflict and disaster management operations. However, as the international community has shifted its focus from post-crisis intervention to crisis prevention, the branch has also expanded its operational range, adding disaster risk reduction and environmental cooperation for peacebuilding to its core services of post-crisis environmental assessment and recovery.
Natural and man-made disasters have become more urgent than ever before and the need for disaster preparedness has increased over the years. This had led to the need to incorporate modern technology in preparing and responding to these disasters. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Drones and Internet of Things (IoT) are all technologies that have an increasing impact on all aspects of human society. This collective change is called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR). There are many possibilities for introducing these 4IR technologies into the domain of disaster risk reduction and response, especially for environmental disasters. In January 2021, UNEP together with ITU and WMO started work on a Focus Group of “Artificial Intelligence for Natural Disaster Management”. In this context the branch is planning to expand its work into the new technologies in the disaster prevention and response area with the aim of understanding the current state of play on the applications of 4IR technologies for disaster management and identify opportunities and partners to promote these technologies for environmental emergency response in the future.
This internship job opening is for up to 5 interns who assist the RDSGSB portfolio to conduct a series of desk studies on the current legislations on AI, Robotics, Drones and IoT.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Work location could be remote or in Geneva.
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.
. Review the key legislations of 4IR technologies in countries and regions of interest:
• Conduct desk studies on the legislations regarding Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of things and drones for disaster risk reduction and response;
• Identify some best practices as well as key gaps in the legislations regarding 4 IR technologies
2. Review discussions on formulating international conventions/standards/guidelines on 4IR technologies;
• Document what type of international guidance/standards/conventions currently exist to manage 4 IR technologies
• Propose what possibilities exist for international guidance/standards/conventions to ensure fair use, prevent mis use and ensure access to these technologies
3.Discss potential exemptions needed for the use of 4IR technologies for disaster management and come out with potential recommendations
4. Assist in the planning and delivery of a global hackathon on AI for Disaster Risk Management
• Promote through social media and maximise registrations.
• Participate in event planning, speaker selection and other aspects
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.
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.
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.
Background in law (national law, international public law, environmental law) or environmental policy.
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 this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desired.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.
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 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.
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.
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