The 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.
Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
UNEP initiated a new Land Use Finance Project ( the project’) to proactively help unlock and (re)direct public and especially private capital towards sustainable land use, including deforestation-free soft commodity production.
The project is effectively an umbrella for a number of initiatives and finance facilities that UNEP either leads or is involved in, including the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (a partnership with BNP Paribas and ADM Capital), the GEF Good Growth Partnership, the & Green Fund (a new de-risking vehicle set up by the Norwegian Government and IDH) and a partnership with Rabobank, FMO, Mirova / Althelia and IDH to unlock capital for deforestation-free agricultural production.
UNEP is interested in expanding its work in unlocking private finance for sustainable land use.
This Internship position is located in the Climate Finance Unit of the Nature for Climate Branch (NCB / CFU) in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Office in Geneva, Switzerland, with the intended purpose of increasing the exposure of work that the unit does and the deliverables and impact that it generates.
The internship is for a minimum of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Unit.
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.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
The specific details of the internship will vary according to the individual’s background, the Intern’s assigned office as well as the period of Internship.
Under the supervision of the Head of Climate Finance Unit and the Lead on Communications and Knowledge Management, it is expected that his / her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities :
Communication : 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.
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.
Client orientation : 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 :
c. Have graduated with a university degree.
Upon completion of the assignment it is anticipated that the Intern will :
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.
Do you have demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views?
If your main language is not English, are you fluent in English?
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Internship advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Knowledge of Spanish is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by a hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include :
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include :
3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
In 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 for a part or the entirety of the internship.
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