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Job Description:

The (COMPANY NAME) Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environment 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. UNNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economics in transition.

The Caribbean Environment Programme promotes regional co-operation for the protection and sustainable development of the marine environment of the 38 Member States and Territories of the Wider Caribbean Region. Established in 1981, it formed the basis for the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols on Oil Spills, Marine Biodiversity (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife - SPAW) and Pollution (Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution - LBS). Three sub-programmes of the Caribbean Environment Programme are Pollution; Marine Biodiversity and Communication.

The internship opportunities are in the UNEP, Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) in Kingston, Jamaica. Supervision will be under the direction of a Programme Management Officer. Please specify in your cover letter the thematic area you would like to take up your internship, along with a second preference (if applicable).

Thematic Areas: (a) Marine & Coastal Ecosystems (b) Pollution Prevention and Control (c) Communications and Outreach (including Social Media) and (d) Strategy Development.

The duration of the Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility for extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Organization. The Internship is UNPAID and full time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a Programme Management Officer for UNEP-CEP.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's academic background, skill-set, the nature of specific projects and duration of the internship. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

-Carry out research, analysis and drafting of documents, and present data and information to support the implementation of projects and activities including the preparation of briefs, information material and presentations;

-Assist in the compilation, design, and dissemination of info-graphics, factsheets, and awareness materials including for posting on the CEP and/or relevant project websites, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-in), display at national/regional events and inclusion in monthly and quarterly newsletters;

-Prepare Outreach and Promotional material for major environmental commemorative days including: International Day of Biodiversity, World Ocean's Day, World Environment Day and International Coastal Clean Up Day as well as project related initiatives;

-Assist in the update of the CEP and project Focal Point and Photo Databases;

-Provide support to the implementation of programme and project activities at UNEP CEP including representation at national events, exhibitions; meetings of environmental clubs etc.;

-Assist in preparing for Intergovernmental Meetings including summarizing reports on the implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols in member states.

-Carry out research and assist with the drafting of Environmental Monitoring and Sustainable Development documents, guides and presentations


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; and meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others; place 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.


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) Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year period of graduation. Be computer literate in standard office software applications (MS Office Suite). Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the (COMPANY NAME) and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter. Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of diverse 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 a professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme.


English and French are the working languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of other UN Official languages is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the (COMPANY NAME) Secretariat).


Potential candidates will be contacted by Hiring Managers 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: 26 Sep 2019
Type of job: Internship
Job duration: 3 months
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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