INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Environment and Development Division, Environment and Development Policy Section internship is for two months with an opportunity for extension, if required by the division.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the division or office to which they are assigned.
Environment and Development Policy Section (EDPS) plays a leading role in facilitating the analysis, development, promotion and dissemination of innovative policies in the field of environment and development.
The Asia-Pacific region is currently not on track to achieve the SDG 13 targets. Most vulnerable countries and communities must simultaneously deal with compounding risks associated with climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change and climate-induced disasters fundamentally threaten development in Asia-Pacific, often undermining the enjoyment of all human rights, and exacerbating societal inequalities by disproportionately burdening the poor and the most vulnerable groups, including women and children, indigenous populations, gender minorities, migrants, displaced and persons with disabilities. Between 2000-2019, eight out of the top ten countries by disaster occurrence and seven out of ten countries by disaster-affected population are in Asia Pacific.
EDPS is developing knowledge products, policy briefs, infographics, and modelling tools to support countries in Asia-Pacific to accelerate the ambition of their NDC pledges to enhance climate mitigation and adaptation actions to safeguard impressive development gains. Such NDC pledges need to be aligned with green recoveries post-COVID-19, which will support rapid transition towards an equitable low-carbon and climate and disaster-resilient development pathway.
To conduct supporting research on issues related to accelerating climate ambition in the region, including the ambition of NDC commitments.
The required tasks will include:
• Assist with relevant research for data collection and analysis of NDC pledges and how those contribute to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050-2060, and related projection scenarios
• Develop infographics, attractive and interactive presentation of such GHG projections/scenarios, posters
• Support with the development of policy briefs, blogs, short articles related on the current research on the current GHG emissions and 2030 and 2060 projections
• Support the organization of side events and exhibits for Asia-Pacific Climate Week, 2023, 79th ESCAP Commission Session, COP-28
• Assist the organization of webinars, online courses and subregional and regional consultations and climate awareness on the SDG Help Desk
The United Nations Core Competencies include:
• Communication: Ability to draft clearly and concisely, good written and oral language skills.
• Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from different national and cultural backgrounds to achieve organizational goals.
• Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be ‘clients’ and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view.
To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
a) Be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or,
b) Be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent).
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.
Good experience with data management and design software is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of an additional UN official language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.Assessment
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
A completed online application (Cover Note and Candidate Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying or what have you studied)
• Graduation date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List of your top three areas of interest
• Explanation about why you are the most suitable candidate for this specific internship
• Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme
In your online Candidate Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.
Please note that due to the large number of applicants, divisions are not in a position to reply to each application and that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for further consideration.
Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.
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.
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