Intern (Environment Affairs, (Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility))

Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Washington, DC, United States
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International Organization
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environment agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development with the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) ( provides independent advice to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is made up of a Chair and 6 members. The roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Panel members and STAP Secretariat are set out in STAP's Terms of Reference ( (March 2012). STAP is hosted by UNEP, on behalf of the GEF network.

STAP's role is to provide objective scientific and technical advice on the GEF's policies, strategies, programs, and projects. It does so by executing a program of work developed in collaboration with the GEF Secretariat, and by screening GEF projects. Its advice takes a variety of forms, including formal guidance, advice, information notes, policy briefs, and assessments.

The Panel is supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat of six. The STAP Secretariat provides substantive and operational assistance in the delivery of Panel members' responsibilities.

This internship is located in the STAP Secretariat in Washington, DC. Interns are expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. This internship is UNPAID.

The STAP Secretariat seeks suitably qualified candidates with an interest in environmental science and policy to contribute to the work of the Panel, for 4 to 6 months.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the Supervision of a Programme Officer, the intern will:

- Assist with research on issues related to the main focal areas of the GEF (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate adaptation, chemicals and waste, land degradation, and international waters), for example, to support STAP papers, terms of reference for consultancies, and project reviews;

- Assist in preparing speaking notes and presentations, and in organizing STAP meetings and workshops; and

- Assist with STAP communications, including updating the STAP website.


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.


To be eligible for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

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

a. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent).
b. Pursuing a degree in the natural or social sciences, with a focus on environmental management, human interaction with the environment, and including some exposure to human development and environmental impacts in the developing country context.
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must begin the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2. Be computer literate in standard software applications. Experience with website content management would be an asset.

3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.

4. 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.

5. Demonstrate a strong interest in science, and how science can influence policy.

6. Exhibit good analytical and research skills.

7. Engender creativity and enthusiasm for work and new experiences.

8. Demonstrated knowledge of science policy interface related to global environmental issues

9. Your studies should reflect course work in Environmental/Earth System Science and Policy, and/or Global Environment Change

Work Experience

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 position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

- 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;

- Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application;

- List of the IT skills and programs that you are proficient in using and explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship; and

- A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to high volumn of applications expected, 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, 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.

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.

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