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  • Posted: Mar 3, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 10, 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, Nairobi, Kenya

    The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

    Interns work five days per week (35 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 direct supervision of the Head of the National Environmental Law Unit, Law Division, the intern will work with and learn from a team of experienced legal professionals in the area of environmental law and will be offered the opportunity to:

    • Assist countries to develop new environmental legislation or to review and revise their environmental legislation through carrying out research and analysis, reviewing draft legislation and providing comments and suggestions for improvement;
    • Prepare written summaries and/or make oral presentations of his/her research, including briefing notes and reports;
    • Assist in the organization and support of training events (such as on environmental law or the multilateral environmental agreements) and other meetings and workshops that are organized by the Unit or in which the Unit is involved through, e.g., preparing the agenda, liaising with participants, assisting with the virtual set up where needed, compiling materials, making presentations, taking notes;
    • Contribute to the finalization of a key publication on environmental law including through research, drafting and editing;
    • Undertake such other tasks as may be assigned by the Head of the Unit and other Legal Officers within the Unit, such as the preparation of communication material promoting the Unit's work.

    Competencies

    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. 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.

    Education

    Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme in law (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

    b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program in law (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

    c. Have graduated with a university degree in law and, if selected.

    Focus on environmental law or international law preferred.

    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 the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese or Spanish is an advantage.

    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).

     

    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

    THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

     

     

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    Knowledge Coordination and Digital Community Expert, Nairobi, Kenya

    Expected duration

    The duration of this consultancy 9 months at level "B".

    NO TRAVEL REQUIRED.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The purpose of this consultancy is to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s growing movement of Lead Agencies, Global Partners, Supporting Partners, Restoration Implementers and affiliated entities and individuals through a digital hub. The consultant will provide community management and content creation support to the digital hub and through it, the UN Decade’s growing base of supporters.

    Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer for the UN Decade within the Communications Division, and in close collaboration with the Chief of Pubic Advocacy and Outreach, and the Head of the Nature for Climate Branch, the consultant will perform a number of specialized tasks that contribute to the successful launch of the UN Decade digital hub, including writing and editing of texts and improving editorial processes and display of information, setup and launch of its UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Digital Hub. As directed, the consultant will need to consult closely with other UN Decade partners, restoration implementers, and with members of the Ecosystems Division and UNEP as a whole.

    Under the direct supervision of the Communications Officer for the UN Decade, the consultant will:

    1. Develop editorial processes and standards for the UN Decade digital hubContinuously develop and edit content for the digital hub’s early set-up phase
    2. Ensure, implement and document Standard Operating Procedures for the UN Decade’s digital hub
    3. 4. Write a brief final activity report
    4. Production of native content
    5. Assuring quality of partner content
    6. Selection of restoration examples to be displayed
    7. Ensuring optimal display and showcasing of restoration implementers.

    Qualifications/special skills

    Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree in communications, journalism, marketing, international relations, ; or in a subject-matter related to ecosystem restoration, such as environmental management, economics, environmental policy or environmental sciences or any other related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in public communications is required, e.g. journalism or publication management (this can be prior to Master’s degree in environmental management). In addition, the consultant should be results-oriented and diligent, as well as autonomous and computer literate in standard software applications; have excellent writing and communication skills; good analytical skills with an interest in the topic of ecosystem restoration and climate change; have good interpersonal skills. It is essential that the chosen candidate can work in an independent manner to complete the given assignments.

    Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this assignment, fluency in written and spoken English is required.

    Method of Application

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

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