Intern (Environment Affairs) #1
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment’s Ecosystem 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 Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention, which currently constitutes 19 Contracting Parties that have ratified the Convention, is the unique intergovernmental framework through which national policy makers and resource managers implement national control measures in the protection and development of the marine and coastal environment of the WACAF Region (West, Central and Southern African Region). The Abidjan Convention plays a leading role in guiding and sustaining environmental action for the protection and development of the coastal and marine areas through concerted efforts and activities to which Governments and the citizenry can positively respond to facilitate in the complex challenges of the management processes of coastal areas.
The internship is located in the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
This internship position is offered for an initial period of three months with a possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months, subject to the needs of the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention.
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.
The internship is UNPAID and full time.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background, the intern's assigned office, as well as the internship period. Under the Supervision of the Regional Coordinator, the intern shall undertake the following duties which may include, but are not limited to:
•Provide assistance in supporting the project’s activities planning and implementation;
•Draft correspondence and support communication of activities;
•Provide assistance in translating information;
•Provide support in contributing to the elaboration of background documents, presentations, briefing notes; summaries; talking points and speeches;
•Assist in the preparation of national and regional technical assistance workshops;
•Participate in and support events and workshops, in area of expertise;
•Assist in taking notes at meetings/workshop, as required;
•Perform other tasks as necessary.
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.
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 a one-year period of graduation.
•Studies in the field of Project Management, Maritime, Environment. Masters Degree in Maritime and Oceanographic studies is preferred. Academic training and/or a keen demonstrated interest in Geography and Communication is an asset.
•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.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable. (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme).
3. Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
4. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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.