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 had a "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, Dominica, Colombia, 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.
Interns are sought for each six-month internship period, to take over from interns currently working for UN Environment and ensure that there are two interns working in the Disasters and Conflicts team at any one time.
This opening seeks to cover three internship rotations, April – October 2019, July 2019 – January 2020 and October 2019 - April 2020. Candidates should make clear in their cover letters which rotation they wish to be considered for. Internships shorter than six months are generally not possible.
The internship for the Disasters and Conflicts subprogramme is for six (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 main activities to be carried out within the framework of this internship are:
Support other activities as requested. This may include the organisation of events or task managing of home-based UN Volunteers on specific assignments
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.
Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Affairs, Environmental Management, geography, waste management, chemical engineering, water engineering or industrial safety preferred, 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. 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. 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.
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