United Nations Environment Programme Communications Internship
14 October 2016 - 28 October 2016
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. 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.
The United Nations Environment Programme's North America Office, is one of six regional offices .The mission of the office is to assist in carrying out UNEP’s global program by fostering cooperation and building partnerships on environmental issues between the North American region and the broader international community.
To achieve this mission, the office promotes collaboration between UNEP and all sectors of North American society, including the U.S. and Canadian governments, the private sector and civil society groups and stakeholders.
UNEP North America Office Internship is for minimum of 3 months, with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.
The internship is full-time and UNPAID. 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.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.
The responsibilities of the UN Environment Communications internship involve: •Assisting the Regional Information Officer and other staff in the timely delivery of materials and information to members of the media and other key stakeholders •Assisting the Regional Information Officer in the organization and preparation for special events •Daily updates to social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter •Updating the regional external web site and intranet pages •Assisting with outreach campaigns and activities •Assisting with development and production of quarterly newsletter •Undertaking research for speeches and presentations •Preparing advocacy materials •Updating and maintaining contact lists of media, civil society and other UN Environment partners •Distributing daily regional news report •Writing memos and taking minutes
Core 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
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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
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.
Desired Qualifications: •Background in environmental issues, international relations, and/or communications/journalism •Social media abilities •Design skills and knowledge of online programs (Adobe, InDesign, etc.) •Excellent writing and editing skills •Knowledge of U.S. and Canadian media desired
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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