INTERN - PUBLIC INFORMATION [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (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. The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) aims to conserve terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their range. CMS is an intergovernmental treaty, concluded under the aegis of the UN Environment, concerned with the conservation of wildlife and habitats on a global scale. The CMS Secretariat maintains close institutional and programmatic linkages with its instruments, even with those Agreements which are legally independent. CMS and its Instruments are often collectively referred to as the “CMS Family”. At present, there are 127 countries including the EU, which have become a Contracting Party of the Convention. The CMS Secretariat and its Agreements (AEWA, ASCOBANS and EUROBATS) are located at the United Nations Premises in Bonn, Germany.
This internship is located within the Joint Communications, Information Management and Outreach Team of the UNEP/CMS and the UNEP/AEWA Secretariats. The unit was established in January 2014 as a pilot to demonstrate joint services in the area of communications and information management between the CMS and AEWA Secretariats.
This internship is for a minimum period of three months with a possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background and the major tasks assigned to the intern as well as the internship period.
Under the direct supervision of the Information Officer and Coordinator of the Joint CMS & AEWA Communications, Information Management and Outreach Unit, the intern will:
•Assist in the development and daily management of a wide spectrum of communication and information management related products and activities for both CMS and AEWA.
•Assist in implementing the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) Campaign: Support the Unit with the organization of the annual campaign (WMBD www.worldmigratorybirdday.org ) This will include assisting in the drafting of articles, maintaining the website, daily correspondence with event organizers, logistics, social media, research, content creation, and other tasks;
•Assist in the production of content for use on the CMS, AEWA and other websites, through research and drafting of articles, translations and development of new multi-media content;
•Assist in the day-to-day management of the various CMS and AEWA social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram) in particular in the context of communication campaigns such as WMBD and others being carried out by the Unit;
•Support Press / Media related work of the Joint Communications Unit by assisting in maintaining a targeted list of journalists, including contact details, main interests (based on research of past published articles);
•Support the Unit in the daily maintenance of a number of websites and in the development of new web and multi-media products;
•Assist in the production of electronic newsletters (E-Newsletter Bulletin) for CMS, AEWA and WMBD in English, French and Spanish;
•Support the development of audio-visual products (Video Clips, Animations, Graphics, Podcasts) for publication on websites and in social media.
-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
-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
-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)
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation.
- Be computer literate in standard software applications;
- Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;
- 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.
A degree programme in communications, media studies, international relations or journalism and other social sciences, including sociology, political science, environmental studies, geography, as well as in the areas of information and knowledge management, or related field.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.Languages
Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required. Additional knowledge of French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian or Arabic is an assetAssessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further considerationSpecial Notice
Your application for this internship must include:
1. A completed online 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.
2. Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
- List the IT skills and programmes 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.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.