- Salary (KES): UNPAID
- Exp.: Some Experience a Plus
- Min. Education level: Bachelor's Degree
- Specialism: Accounting, Commerce or Finance / Business Admin, Management or Development / Development Studies / Economics or Statistics / Environmental or Climate Related / Water, Energy or Natural Resources Management
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’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.
These Internship positions are located in the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit of the Biodiversity and Land Branch (BLB/TEU) in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, with the intended purpose of supporting the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit’s execution of the outreach and awareness raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative, an Initiative with the aim to protect peatlands as the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stock.
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 Unit.
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 individuals’ background as well as the internship period and will support the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit in outreach and awareness-raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative. Under the direct supervision of the responsible Programme Officer, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:
• Draft content for, and update the GPI and UNEP-peatlands tab, website(s), online dgroups platform, GPI community of practice and other social media outreach channels;
• Draft news articles or blogs on subjects relevant to peatlands restoration, conservation and sustainable management, such as ecosystem services, trans-boundary collaboration, conservation and carbon finance, biodiversity and climate change;
• Assist in the preparation of materials for GPI events, workshops or South-South exchanges;
• Assist in the development of awareness raising, outreach, or other advocacy materials including speech-writing, presentations, and/or videos;
• Assist with research on peatlands best practices in conservation, sustainable management and restoration or relevant topics to inform policy making;
• Assist with preparations for the GPI Steering Committee meetings, and various virtual or face-to-face meetings of the partnership, be willing to attend if held in Nairobi;
• Assist with organizing ad hoc meetings, workshops or teleconferences, and prepare meeting agendas, summaries, minutes and follow up communications as required;
• Support regular communications within the GPI Partnership and with members of the public as required;
• Undertake other tasks as required, and in accordance with the Interns’ 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:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher) focused on environmental sciences, environmental policy, biodiversity and conservation, development studies or related field, (environmental) economics, finance, business management or natural resource management;
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree.
Applicants must be pursuing qualifications in an area of study that can significantly contribute to the responsibilities outlined and overall work of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit including:
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• Possess good report writing skills;
• Demonstrate pleasant interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrate interest in issues related to ecosystems management, restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate change, or sustainable development and knowledge;
• Have knowledge of peatlands or wetland ecosystem functioning;
• 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;
• Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.
Upon completion of the assignment it is anticipated that the Intern will:
• Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
• Have improved communication skills through interaction with UNEP staff, Executive and Senior Management, governments and partner organizations;
• Have gained a better understanding of UNEP’s operations and the overall United Nations system.
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.
Do you have demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views?
If your main language is not English, are you fluent in English?
English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency of French or Spanish is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by a hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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 feel 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).
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.