Org. Setting and ReportingThe United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 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 overall objective of UNEP's Economy Division is to encourage decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. It promotes the development, use and transfer of policies, technologies, economic instruments, managerial practices and other tools that assist in environmentally sound decision making and the building of corresponding activities.
This internship is within UNEP's Economy Division, Energy and Climate Branch, Finance Unit.
The internship is for six (6) months
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
ResponsibilitiesUnder the supervision of head of the Unit, the intern will support the activities of the Finance Unit. Part of the Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, the Finance Unit engages with countries and private sector financial institutions to enhance clean energy and climate change mitigation investments. The Intern will participate in the work of the six-strong Unit team. His/her duties will include but not limited to:
--Support the implementation of the various ongoing Unit programmes, including the Mediterranean Investment Facility, Seed Capital Assistance Facility, the Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme, and the NDC Action Programme (see www.unep.org/climatechange/finance);
--Support the development of presentations for meetings with prospective partners and development of project proposals for various activities undertaken by the Finance Unit. The Intern will also support the development of analysis, briefings, minutes, and presentations for global, regional, and national workshops and seminars;
--Research and analysis in preparation for publications with project partners (Governments, academic institutions, and environmental organizations) to develop best practices and policy recommendations.
--Support development of communication outreach material, including both print and online media;
--When required, the Intern will also support the general organisation of events, including sending of invitations to participants/speakers, developing agendas, and printing of materials.
EducationApplicants 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);
c. Have graduated with a university degree
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.
Preferred area of study: University degree (Master’s or equivalent is preferred) in Finance, International Relations, Environmental Policy, Economics, Development or a related field.
Work ExperienceNo 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.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
AssessmentPotential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Special NoticeIn the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely.