UNEP Programme Support Internships


Intern, Programme Support at United Nations Environment Programme, Kenya


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, PovertyEnvironment 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).
  • Technical Reporting: Support to the UNEP Project Information Management System (PIMS) Supervisor/s: Michael StanleyJones/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

Partnerships: intelligence gathering and analysis Supervisor:

  • Undertake research in donor and other partners’ priority areas in relation to povertyenvironment 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

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.

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 twoway 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 oneyear 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:

  • Education: 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.


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