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Job Description:

The (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The intern will work on projects of the Cities Unit, Energy and Climate Branch, of the Paris-based Economy Division. The intern will be involved in the implementation of activities related to Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme, which contribute to the related One Planet Network (formerly 10YFP), and the work in Cities and Buildings, particularly the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC), Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), and the work of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) programme, and the Energy and Climate Branch's work linked to Lifestyles.
The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns work five days per week (37.5 hours) under the overall supervision of the Head, Cities Unit and the direct supervision of the Associate Programme Management Officer, Cities Unit.
Kindly note that candidates will be personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging my travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Assisting in the work of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme
Conducting research and supporting the analyses of sustainable food systems country policies
Supporting the development of the Food Waste Index, the UN mechanism to track country level progress on food waste prevention, in line with SDG 12.3
Working on web development and online presentation of materials for the SFS Programme and the Think Eat Save campaign website
Writing and drafting articles for the Think Eat Save website; helping with the promotion and awareness raising of the Think Eat Save campaign.
Supporting with the organization of workshops, webinars and other SFS meetings and/or events.

Assisting in the implementation of the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities
Support in the implementation of pilot projects on circular economy jobs in cities and development of the analysis.
Support in the work on circular economy in cities monitoring frameworks.
Reviewing and editing publications and coordinating their layout and printing.
Working on web development and online presentation of materials and keeping the GI-REC website up-to-date with regard to new publications, new partners.

Assisting in the tasks of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC)
Logistical support for the technical workshop on regional roadmaps and GlobalABC COP25-related events
Support regarding member outreach including member databases
Support regarding outreach and preparation of webinars
Support on communication efforts including support for presentations, articles, newsletter, website content development, and general awareness raising.

Assisting in the tasks of Sustainable Lifestyles
Social media support including preparing draft messaging, promoting and tracking
Communications and marketing support including layout and design of flyers and social media posts
Support in engaging cultural and media influencers to promoting messaging
identification and outreach to institutions with strong social media presence

Supporting Branch-level activities linked to Sustainable Lifestyles (such as, but not limited to, the activities of United for Efficiency or U4E).

Team Helping with the logistical preparation of workshops and events.
Support in the activities of the Cities Unit in international conferences (e.g. World Urban Forum 2020, etc.)
This includes preparing powerpoint slides for webinars and conferences, support in drafting concept and briefing notes, etc.

Regularly updating the visual tools, infographics and reference materials.

Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings, including providing technical assistance during virtually-held meetings.

Keeping track of, and regularly updating, the partners' contact database and the corresponding mailing lists.

Assisting the Cities Unit team with the implementation of projects, preparing documents in English or other relevant language and liaising with contacts from Partner organizations or project countries.

Assisting with other tasks associated with the implementation of the Cities Unit team's projects, as needed and directed by supervising staff member.


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

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

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


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or
higher); b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. In addition to: Be computer literate in standard software applications. Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) 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

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.


English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


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 (COMPANY NAME) 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.

(COMPANY NAME) Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) 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 (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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 (COMPANY NAME) including the Charter of the (COMPANY NAME), 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


Source: Company website
Posted on: 10 Oct 2019
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: one month
Languages: English, French
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