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UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach Job Opening

Application Deadline: 8 August 2023 11:59 p.m. (New York time)

Posting Title:INTERN – Communication and Outreach (2 Positions), I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:NAIROBI
Posting Period:10 July 2023 – 08 August 2023
Job Opening Number:23-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-213440-J-Nairobi (O)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

About the UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach role

UNEP’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach post is located in UNEP / Ecosystems Division / Biodiversity, Landscapes and People Unit. The UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach(s) will be under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Global Peatlands Initiative, within the Biodiversity, Landscapes and People Unit and will work closely with various UNEP Divisions and Regional Offices.

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The UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach(s) will support the Biodiversity, Landscapes and People Unit’s execution of the outreach and awareness raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative, an initiative with the aim to protect peatlands as the world’s largest carbon stock.

UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach Responsibilities

The UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach(s) will support the Biodiversity, Landscapes and People Unit for outreach and awareness raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative under the direct supervision of the responsible programme officer, the UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach(s) will:
• Draft content for and update the GPI and UNEP-peatlands(tab) website(s), online dgroups GPI community of practice and social media outreach channels;
• Draft news articles or blogs on subjects relevant to peatlands restoration, conservation and sustainable management, such as ecosystem services, trans-boundary collaboration, conservation and carbon finance, biodiversity and climate change;
• Assist in the preparation of GPI events, workshops or south south exchanges;
• Assist in the development of awareness raising, outreach or advocacy materials including speech-writing, presentations, and/or videos;
• Assist with research on peatlands best practices in conservation, sustainable management and restoration or relevant topics to inform policy making;
• Assist with preparations for the GPI Steering Committee meetings, and various virtual or face to face meetings of the partnership and attend if held in Nairobi;
• Assist with organizing ad hoc meetings, workshops or teleconferences and prepare meeting agendas, summaries, minutes and follow up communications as required;
• Provide regular communication liaison within the GPI Partnership and with members of the public as required;
• Undertake other tasks as required, and in accordance with the intern’s interests and experience. UNEP

Intern – Communication and Outreach Role Competencies

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.

UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach Education

¿ Master’s Degree (but within 1 year of graduation) or currently enrolled in a Master’s Programme;
¿ Background in environmental sciences, environmental policy, biodiversity and conservation, development studies, or related field;
¿ Demonstrated interest in issues related to ecosystems management, restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate change, or sustainable development and knowledge is required.
¿ Knowledge of peatlands or wetland ecosystem functioning is desirable.

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.

UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach 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. Languages

English & French are working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in French and/or Spanish 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. Assessment

Potential candidates for UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach role will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach Special Notice

Your application for this UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach post must include:
1.A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references
2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:
3.List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship
4.A certified copy of masters degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

The UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach post 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.
The internship UNEP Intern – Communication and Outreach position duration is 6 months.
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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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.

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