Intern - Programme Management Temporary

United Nations Environment Programme , Paris, France

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2020

Job Description

  • 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. UNEP's Economy Division provides solutions to decision-makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for multi- stakeholder dialogue and cooperation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms to improve the quality of the environment and the well-being of citizens. It promotes sustainable patterns of consumption and production, makes efficient use of natural resources, ensures safe management of chemicals and contribute to making trade and environment policies mutually supportive. The Economy Division has successfully implemented projects at the global level, in the areas of sustainable lifestyles and education domains such as food, fashion, leisure and mobility), life cycle applications, eco-innovation, cleaner production, sustainable tourism, sustainable food systems, renewable energy, and consumer information.
  • The Consumption and Production Unit, Resources and Markets Branch of the Economy Division promotes Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in governments and businesses worldwide. One focus area of the Unit is to promote sustainable lifestyles and education utilizing tools such as (Anatomy of Action, Good Life Goals etc), by working with partners and institutions of learning at global level, identifying opportunities for collaboration along those value chains and implementing interventions, as well as convening relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable living and education goals.
  • This intern post is located in the Consumption and Production Unit at the Paris duty station, supporting the work on sustainable lifestyles and education Programme.
  • Please indicate your preferred start date in your application based on your availability (January 2021 or June 2021). The internship will last for a duration of six (6) months.
  • The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
  • Interns work five days per week (35 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 intern will work under the direct supervision of the Programmer Officer, Consumption and Production Unit (CPU). The intern will work on CPU projects and also on implementation of activities related to the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme, which contribute to the related One Planet Network activities.
  • Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Helping with the logistical preparation of workshops and events. This includes preparing power-point slides for webinars and conferences.
  • Assisting with the preparation and follow-through of collaborative work with universities.
  • Assisting in various research-based tasks associated with the projects of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education team.
  • Regularly updating the visual tools, info graphics and reference materials.
  • Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings, including providing technical assistance during virtually-held meetings.
  • Working on web development and online presentation of materials and keeping the programme’s websites up-to-date with regard to new publications, new partners and other events happening within the CPU’s projects.
  • Keeping the CPU informed on upcoming events and news.
  • Organizing and updating the CPU folder on the P-drive.
  • Assisting the CPU team with the implementation of projects, preparing documents in English or other relevant language and liaising with contacts from 10YFP SLE Programme Partner organizations or project countries.
  • Compiling and editing a weekly newsletter focusing on Sustainable Lifestyles domains of work.
  • Keeping track of, and regularly updating, the partners’ contact database and the corresponding mailing lists.
  • Assisting with other tasks associated with the implementation of the CPU team’s projects, as needed and directed by supervising staff member


  • 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:
  •  Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  •  Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  •  Have graduated with a university degree..
  • Studies in Environmental Policy/Management/Sciences/Communications; International Affairs/Relations, preferably related to sustainable development issues are required.
  • 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


  • 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 internship, fluency in oral and written English is required,


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