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  • Posted: Mar 11, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 23, 2021
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  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the world's 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 environment.


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    Intern - Environment Affairs

    This internship is located in the Gender and Safeguards Unit of the UNEP Policy and Programme Division at the Nairobi duty station. The Purpose is to provide an opportunity for students and graduates to obtain a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of the United Nations, learn, develop new skills and gain experience.

    The internship is for a duration of six (6) months

    The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
    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.

    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.

    Responsibilities
    Under the overall supervision of the Programme Management Officer and the day-to-day supervision of the Gender & Safeguards Officer, the intern will be responsible for the following:

    1. Support gender mainstreaming by reviewing project proposals and related documents and providing feedback
    2. Carry out research and summarize key developments and emerging trends related to gender and the environment
    3. Participate in group discussions and contribute insights, ideas and feedback on key topics and issues
    4. Provide support to the Gender and Safeguards Unit and assist with planning and coordinating meetings and events
    5. Provide support to the International Gender Champions (IGC) Nairobi Hub Coordinator and assist with planning and coordinating meetings and events of the hub
    6. Performs other duties as required

    Competencies

    • 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.
    • Teamwork: 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 decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
    • 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.

    Education

    Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

    1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
    2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
    3. Have graduated with a university degree.

    Be computer literate in standard software applications.

    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.

    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.

    Languages
    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

    Assessment
    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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on careers.un.org to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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