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HSE Intern

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Background Information - Job-specific

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting a variety of tasks, work packages and projects with the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team as a part of their internship period. We are seeking qualified applicants who may have Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety, International Policy and Development Studies, Environmental Management or a related subject as background. The intern will join a dynamic, international environment, and will have access to a variety of training and learning opportunities available in UNOPS HQ.

Internship is expected to start in September 2017 for a duration of 6 months.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Duties and Responsibilities may comprise, but not limited to, the following:

(Detailed description of the internship project (s); tasks assigned)

HSE team Support:       

  • Support a variety of tasks, work packages and projects as outlined and assigned in the annual work plan for the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team

  • Research and information/data collection 

  • Research global trends and activities in HSE

  • Support compilation of best practices in HSE from within and from outside UNOPS

  • Day to day tasks as assigned

Communication and reporting:       

  • Contribute to maintenance and updating of the HSE intranet site

  • Assist with monitoring and reporting of HSE performance

  • Assist during audit preparation 

Coordination of global HSE operations:        

  • Maintenance, update and support of all relevant guidance and documentation

  • Support compilation of best practices in HSE

  • Assist with providing timely advice on HSE issues

  • Assist with HSE training support  and preparation of workshops

  • Assist in the development and delivery of HSE training 

  • Any other duties in support of the Shared Service Center

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Completion of secondary school or equivalent is required.

  • To be eligible for this particular internship with UNOPS, the candidate must be studying towards a university degree/PhD in Civil Engineering, Environmental Management, Occupational Health & Safety, Social Development, International Relations or other relevant discipline; or have graduated with a relevant University degree in the past three years.  

Language Skills      

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be considered an asset. 

Internship-related experiences        

  • While no prior work experience is required, some experience in project management and HSE, ideally within the development sector or private sector, is highly desirable. 

Additional requirements        

  • A H&S and/or environmental/social management professional certification would be desirable

  • Advanced MS Office skills (particularly MS Excel).

  • Experience in MS SharePoint would be considered an asset.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship
Contract level: N/A
Contract duration: 6 months

This internship is not designed to lead to a staff position with UNOPS. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may be eligible for a monthly stipend (currently USD 900 in Copenhagen) from UNOPS provided that they do not receive funds from other institutions. Further, UNOPS may provide a one time travel lumpsum of 500 USD. However, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and necessary visa arrangements.

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-14

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