UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Geneva

Posting Title: INTERN – ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 16 September 2022 – 30 September 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-191037-J-Geneva (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational 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.

This internship is located within UNEP’s Economy Division . The Division’s core mandate is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a universally agreed objective—deriving from the Charter of the United Nations, which unequivocally reaffirmed the equal rights of men and women—and is confirmed in a number of commitments taken through, among others, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979, the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, various resolutions and decisions of the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 5 (“To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”). Gender equality is the overarching and long-term development goal, to be achieved on the programmatic side through gender mainstreaming in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all policies and programmes, and in the United Nations Secretariat by aiming at achieving a 50/50 gender balance in staff at all levels.

In this context the UNEP Economy Division recognizes gender as an issue cutting across all aspects of its programmes and activities and is working to support the effective mainstreaming of gender within its work.

The Internship is for 2 to 6 months and UNPAID. 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.

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.

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.


Under the direct supervision of the Economy Division Gender Coordinator the intern will assist in efforts to strengthen gender mainstreaming within the Economy Division. Activities will include:

  • Assist with conducting research for the development of gender focused communications materials that highlight the intersections between gender and the various areas of work that the Economy Division focuses on.
  • Assist the team in the development of capacity building webinars on gender mainstreaming as well as organizing and planning for the hosting of such webinars.
  • Support the drafting and dissemination of a monthly gender mainstreaming newsletter to the Economy Division.
  • Assist with other tasks, as required, that relate to strengthening gender mainstreaming within the Division.



  • -Shows pride in work and in achievements;
  • -demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
  • -is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • -is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
  • -shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
  • -remains calm in stressful situations;
  • -commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality (by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work).


  • -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 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.


Undertaking a degree programme in gender studies, communication, environmental studies, international relations, or related fields.

Be computer literate in standard software applications. Skills in graphic design an asset.

Work Experience

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 position fluency in oral and written English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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 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.

No Fee


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