Programme Support Intern

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment (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 Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. 

The Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch in the Ecosystems Division leads on activities of UN Environment to achieve Sustainable Developments Goals 6 (‘Water’) and 15 (‘Life on Land’), as well as Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (Goal 13). The Branch consists of four Units: Freshwater Ecosystems Unit (FEU), Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit (TEU), the Land Use Finance Unit (LUFU) and the Climate Change Adaptation Unit (CCAU). 

This internship position is located in the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Intern will work directly with the Head of the Freshwater Ecosystems Unit (FEU), to support activities related to the Sustainable Developments Goals 6 (‘Water’). 

The internship is for a minimum of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the assigned Office.

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 academic background, skill-set, the Intern’s assigned office and duration of internship. Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, duties may include but are not limited to:

• Support the tasks under the planning and implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 - freshwater monitoring, implementation, capacity-building, reporting and awareness-raising work globally and within project countries; in particular, to support UN Environment's contributions to the Integrated monitoring of water and sanitation related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) across the four target areas on water; 

• Support the maintenance of the website on UN Environment’s Water Quality Initiatives;

(a) Update the webpage on UN Environment’s Water Quality Initiatives;

(b) Prepare the content of the website including brochures, leaflets, posters, reports etc. and update the website;

(c) Suggest possible linkages to websites of partners;

• Undertake any other routine duties as may be required from time to time, such as assisting with drafting correspondences e.g. Executive Office - logs, briefing notes etc., and in accordance with the Intern's interests and experience.


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:

•Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher). Enrollment in graduation programme focused on Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Communication, Natural Resource Management, Nature Management; OR

•Have graduated with a second university degree and if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

•Be fully proficient in computer skills, use of web-based platforms and standard software applications.

•Have good analytical skills.

•Demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with the individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

•Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.

Work Experience

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


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official 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 a 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).