Job Opening Number: 18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-99431-J-Panama City (O)
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.
UN Environment has "Disasters and Conflicts" subprogramme since 1999. UN Environment has responded to environmental disasters and the environmental dimensions of conflicts in numerous countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and DR Congo. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the subprogramme UN Environment has implemented related projects and activities in Guatemala, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru and has an extended operational presence in Haiti.
UN Environment's "Disasters and Conflicts" subprogramme has three streams of work:
UN Environment is undergoing a process of strengthening its regional presence. To this end, regional coordinators for most subprogrammes have been placed in regional offices, including for the "Disasters and Conflicts" subprogramme in Latin America and the Caribbean (based in Panama City). This also implies a process of strengthening the quality and scope of the subprogramme, to increase UN Environment's visibility with regional member states and intergovernmental organisations as the leader on environmental issues related to disaster risk management and conflict.
The UN Environment/Latin America and the Caribbean Office/ Disasters and Conflicts Subprogramme internship is for 6 months. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.
The intern will work with UN Environment-Latin America and the Caribbean Office’s, under the supervision of the Humanitarian Affairs Officer/Regional Disasters and Conflicts Subprogramme Coordinator and the activities to be carried out within the framework of this internship are:
Two interns are sought for each six-month internship period. The position is advertised for 12 months to cover two internship rotations. Candidates should make clear in their cover letters which rotation they wish to be considered for (July 2018 or January 2019).
Due consideration will be given to the complementarity of the final candidates, in terms of skills, technical and regional knowledge and interests. Candidates may arrive in July 2018 to ensure a handover with the current interns, who finish their internships in August 2018.
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
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.
The candidate should have strong analytical skills, and sound knowledge of Disaster Management, Humanitarian Affairs, Environmental Management, Geography, Waste Management, Chemical Engineering, Water Engineering or Industrial Safety preffered or other *demonstrably* relevant field of study.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Spanish are required. French is desirable. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include:
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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