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Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN – ADMINISTRATION, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BONN
Posting Period: 28 October 2019 – 11 November 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Administration-UNEP-125613-J-Bonn (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting

The UN 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. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to people. Established in 2012 in Panama, IPBES has a current membership of more than 130 Governments and seeks to respond to the needs of Governments and other stakeholders to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. More than one thousand scientists from all over the world currently contribute to the work of IPBES on a voluntary basis. They are nominated by their Government or an organization, and selected by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. Peer review forms a key component of the work of IPBES to ensure that a range of views is reflected in its work, and that the work is complete to the highest scientific standards.
IPBES has a collaborative partnership agreement with four United Nations entities: UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP. The secretariat of IPBES is hosted by the German Government, located on the UN campus, in Bonn, Germany, and administered by UNEP.

The Development Unit at IPBES is responsible for developing partnerships with governments, public organizations and the private sector and to raise voluntary contributions from all sources to IPBES trust fund to enable IPBES to implement its work programme.

This internship is for a period of minimum three to maximum six months. The exact period will be determined based on the availability of the intern and the needs of the secretariat. There is the possibility of an extension, subject to the intern’s on-going university enrolment and performance. The selected intern will work onsite at the IPBES secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours).
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.


Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be under the direct supervision of the Head of Development. The Head of Development will always be available to guide the candidate and answer any question; however, ability to work in fast-paces environments (with minimal supervision) is key to this position. Specific activities and responsibilities would include:
•Assisting in mapping a list of prospective partners/donors sorted by countries and by categories of partners/donors
•Researching and data-mining information relating to those potential prospective partners/donors
•Monitoring closely calls for projects of philanthropic and companies’ foundations
•Monitoring biodiversity events worldwide that IPBES could target


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.

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.


Applicants to the United Nations internship programme 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 programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in 3.1 (a) and
(b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation,

Studies in the fields of environmental policy, sciences, knowledge management or marketing are desired. Experience of or demonstrable interest in environmental and science issues will be an advantage.

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 the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
– Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
– Graduation Date
– IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
– Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

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

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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