UNEP Job Vacancy : Intern – Programme Support


Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include

  • 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.
  • Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
  • 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.
  • A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Organizational 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 Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a global programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment objectives into national development and sub-national development planning, from policymaking to budgeting, implementation, monitoring and reporting.

The internship is based in the Poverty-Environment Facility (PEF), United Nations Environment Programme Division on Environmental Policy Implementation (UNEP/DEPI) in Nairobi. It will support Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) s overall programme delivery, in particular in the fields of communications, partnerships, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluations.

The UNDP-UNEP POVERTY-ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVE internship is for 3 months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

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.

Under the Supervision of Programme Officers, Poverty-Environment Facility the intern will perform the following

Four main areas of work are planned: support to the PEI technical reporting (in particular: PIMS); partnerships (including donor relations); knowledge management and communications (in particular: website); and technical communications/policy work (various).

1)Technical Reporting

  • Support to the UNEP Project Information Management System (PIMS) Supervisor/s: Michael Stanley-Jones/Victoria Luque (and Shitaye Temam)
  • Communicate with and consult regional teams and with PEF in order to fill any gaps in documentary evidence as required by PIMS
  • Lead on monitoring and reporting for the PEI Output 3, Indicator 3.4 (number of references to PEI) through designing and establishing a system using Google Scholar
  • Identify incorrect/missing sources of evidence for all outcome and output indicators
  • Lead on further development of PEI reporting through National Reporting System (NRS), UNEP Live
  • Update and maintain on a regular basis the PEI Knowledge Products Inventory


  • intelligence gathering and analysis Supervisor: Undertake research in donor and other partners’ priority areas in relation to poverty-environment mainstreaming
  • Analyze intelligence gathered to develop fact sheets linking partners’ and PEI priority areas for potential partnerships and to strengthen current ones
  • Coordinate inputs to materials requested by partners such as mapping PEI tools to results and draft related communications

3)Knowledge Management: Website Support Supervisor

  • Support the day to day website management (the specific activities to be undertaken are listed in the document Website Support)
  • Assist in ensuring consistency between the different website pages as well as with social media accounts
  • Compress all the key (pdf) PEI publications on the www.unpei.org website.

4)Technical Communications/Policy Support Supervisor

  • Undertake other communications/policy tasks as required, for example:
  • Review each month the technical papers distributed by the UNEP Knowledge Repository in order to send out a short, annotated list of relevant journal articles to the PEI global team
  • Support the revision of Country Fact Sheets


Core Competencies


  • 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; 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 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.

Preferred area of study


  • A degree in Information Science, Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Management, or Development studies.


  • Advocacy, analytical, monitoring and research.
  • Good computer skills and excellent analytical and communication skills, including the ability to draft a wide selection of written communication and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise manner;

Work Experience

  • 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 this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of Spanish or French is desirable.


How to Apply

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