Local recruitment: Fellow (Climate Science Communication)

United Nations Foundation
Washington, DC, United States
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Position Overview

The United Nations Foundation climate and environment department is committed to working with the UN and partners to galvanize the collective action required to meet the climate challenge. Science forms the core of our understanding of the rapidly unfolding climate crisis, as well as the foundation upon which the world can and must build solutions. Our Climate Science Communications program focuses on empowering action through climate science. Through close collaboration with the Nobel Prize-winning International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to leaders and the world, our Climate Science Communications programs works to convey the latest findings to global leaders and the world.

The Climate Science Communications program is seeking a Student Fellow ready to contribute to its research and communications work. The Student Fellow will respond to specific project-level needs, specifically climate communications analysis; drafting briefing papers, presentations and case studies; and providing general coordination support.

The Student Fellow reports to the Manager, Energy, Climate and Environment, and will be expected to work as part of a broader team that includes UNF staff, consultants, external partners and member states.

This is a paid and entirely virtual fellowship. 

Essential Functions

  • Research topics relevant to climate science and communications and present findings in various formats (reports, social media, etc.);
  • Provide input into strategic climate communications plans;
  • Support virtual meetings, including logistical support and document preparation;
  • Prepare briefing memos, presentations, talking points, and Q&A on specific issue areas or to prepare for meetings, and brief the Manager and other staff as appropriate
  • Represent UNF at climate science and communication related events or calls, and take timely and concise notes
  • Additional support tasks as needed

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or have graduated within the past year.
  • Strong research skills and ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Interest in innovative ways to communicate scientific findings to the general public.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in climate science and communications.
  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working and committed to the mission of the UN Foundation
  • Fun, friendly and collaborative.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to work remotely for the duration of the position.
  • Must have laptop computer and access to the internet.
  • Must be available to work 29 hours per week over a 10-week period.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.

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