United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Intern (Assistant To Principal Coordination Officer)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Job Description

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environment 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. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and Advisory Services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economics in transition.

The Caribbean Environment Programme promotes regional co-operation for the protection and sustainable development of the marine environment of the 38 Member States and Territories of the Wider Caribbean Region. Established in 1981, it formed the basis for the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols on Oil Spills, Marine Biodiversity (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife – SPAW) and Pollution (Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution – LBS). Three sub-programmes of the Caribbean Environment Programme are Pollution; Marine Biodiversity and Communication.

Within UNEP CEP, the Principal Coordination Officer is responsible the overall management of UNEP-CAR/RCU (Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean Environment Programme -CEP) which is the Secretariat in support of the implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its associated Protocols with reference to the marine and coastal environment of the Wider Caribbean; overall coordination of activities, meetings and implementation of subsequent decisions as well as other programme and project meetings relating to the work of CEP; oversee the programmatic and administrative management of CAR/RCU including budgetary, administrative and Human Resource requirements and supervision of the CAR/RCU staff; and support the global Regional Seas Programme and the implementation of its strategies, Regional Seas related decisions taken at the UN Environment Assembly, the implementation of the GPA as well as coordination as need be with regional and global partners, other MEAs and UNEP in general.

The duration of the Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility for extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Organization. The Internship is UNPAID and full time. The Interns will work remotely, five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of the Principal Coordination Officer.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: •Carry out research, analysis and drafting of documents, and present data and information to support the implementation of projects and activities including the preparation of briefs, information material and presentations; •Assist in the compilation, design, and dissemination of info-graphics, factsheets, and awareness materials including for posting on the CEP and/or relevant project websites, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-in), display at national/regional events and inclusion in monthly and quarterly newsletters; •Assist with the preparation of Outreach and Promotional material for major environmental commemorative days including: International Day of Biodiversity, World Ocean's Day, World Environment Day and International Coastal Clean Up Day as well as project related initiatives; •Assist in the update of the CEP and project Focal Point and Photo Databases; •Provide support to the implementation of programme and project activities at UNEP CEP including representation at national events, exhibitions; meetings of environmental clubs etc.; •Assist in preparing for Intergovernmental Meetings including summarizing reports on the implementation of the Cartagena Convention and its Protocols in member states; •Prepare and monitor a tracking tool for all requests from Headquarters for which the Office of the Principal Coordination Officer is responsible; •Review the recommendations of the Bureau of the Cartagena Convention over the last biennium and assist in providing background information for documentation required by the Member States; •Support the Principal Coordination Officer on engagements with partners and Contracting Parties, including outstanding mission reports; •Support the Secretariat’s contribution, closely supervised, to the UN Decade of Ocean Science activities within the Western Atlantic Region; •Carry out research and assist with the drafting of Environmental Monitoring and Sustainable Development documents, guides and presentations.


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; and meets timeline for delivery of products or services toclient.

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.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others; place 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.


Applicants 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 office Software Applications (MS Office Suite).

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable. Knowledge of other UN Official languages is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat).

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.


Potential candidates will be contacted by Hiring Managers directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, interns may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. The intern must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.

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: - Title of the degree you are currently pursuing - Graduation Date - IT skills and programmes you are proficient in - Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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