UN Internships in Kenya 2018

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UN Internships in Kenya 2018

Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN – ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 25 April 2018 – 09 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-96615-J-Nairobi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) 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.

The Policy and Programme Division consolidates the policy, programme, monitoring, gender and social safeguards functions of the UN Environment as well as its engagement with the United Nations system and key global processes such as the 2030 Agenda. The Division ensures coherence and coordination at the strategic, policy and programmatic levels.

The internship is located in the Policy and Programme Division, Disasters and Conflicts Programme Office based in Nairobi.

The internship is UNPAID, full-time and for a maximum duration of six months. Interns work five days per week 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 office to which the intern is assigned to; the nature of specific projects and the internship duration. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

1)Conducting research on emerging issues related to the Disasters and Conflicts Programme;
2)Supporting programme development and implementation by drafting and preparing official documents, and gathering relevant information and data;
3)Supporting the preparation of briefing and/or information materials, presentations etc.;
4)Analyzing reports, survey results and extracting key messages for developing programme briefs and summaries;
5)Assisting with the organization of meetings, workshops seminars, webinars and other similar activities, while supporting the preparation of agendas, co-drafting background materials, meeting
reports (including organizing ad hoc meetings and preparing meeting minutes when required);
6)Supporting the editorial process for website content;
7)Providing day-to-day support to the activities of the programme; and
8)Undertaking any other assignments as required.


•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.

•Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
•Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and 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 anticipate problems and keep clients informed.
•Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.
•Meets timelines for delivery of products or services to clients.


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.

The candidate should have strong analytical skills, and sound knowledge of climate change, environmental policies, natural resources management and/or a related area of studies.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Internship Programme. They should however be:

a)Computer literate in standard software applications;
b)Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and with personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
c)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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for this internship.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

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