The Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States, with a population of about 650 million people. The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UN Environment (UNEA).
The overall objective of UN Environment´s Sub-programme on Climate Change is to strengthen the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission strategies for sustainable development and human well-being. The expected accomplishment regarding climate change adaptation is that adaptation approaches, including an ecosystem-based approach, are implemented and integrated into key sectoral and national development strategies to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience to climate change impacts. Furthermore, the UN Environment´s Sub-programme on Climate Change is also committed to ensuring that crosscutting issues such as gender equity and women empowerment are effectively undertaken to develop its tasks to guarantee an equitable development in line with its adaptation objectives. Therefore, the Climate Change Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Office is recruiting an intern to work within a small team and be highly involved in day-to-day activities of the Unit, under the direct supervision of the Climate Change Coordinator.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, Coordinator of the Climate Ambition and Transparency Team of the Climate Change Unit in the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the intern(s) will support the Climate Transparency Centre and should have a strong focus and interest in topics such as: knowledge management, climate change, implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement in the region, design and implementation of MRV and M&E systems, mitigation/adaptation metrics, NDC Tracking/updating and natural resources management.
One (or more) intern(s) is sought for a six-month internship period. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Climate Change Unit.
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. 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.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer, coordinator of the Climate Ambition and Transparency Team of the Climate Change Unit, of the Latin America and the Caribbean Office, the intern will be supporting the following projects and initiatives: - Research and Analysis on the status of climate transparency policies, initiatives, programmes or strategies, requiring desktop research, communications with project partners and communications with relevant ministries.
- Use knowledge management tools and softwares in order to develop technical documents.
- Present findings in digestable and easy-to-understand reports.
- Development of analysis, briefings and presentations for regional and national workshops and seminars on climate transparency. When required, the intern will also support the general organization of events, including sending invitations to participants/speakers, developing agendas, and printing materials.
- Support partnership building with climate transparency stakeholders, including international agencies; national governments; bi-lateral donors; and environmental organizations. The intern will support the development of presentations for meetings with prospective partners and project proposals.
- Support the development of communications, including electronic newsletters while also managing a contact database for countries interested in developing new climate change initiatives.
- Support the development, revision, and implementation of Climate Transparency projects/programmes in the region.
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 - 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.Education
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 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 environmental policy, climate change, natural Resource Management, development, energy efficiency and/or related field of studies preferred.
A course, diploma or other type of training in knowledge and data management, web development and/or software architecture is desirable.
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.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required, since work will require research and communication, including reading and interviews, in both languages. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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 manager directly for further consideration.Special Notice
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.
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 enrolment 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
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