Closing Date: 24 February 2023
•Support project management, including backstopping implementation of project activities and monitoring for the work undertaken by UNEP in the SADC region.
•Assist with the organisation of meetings and outreach events, and high-level Forums; (Workshops, Webinars, Retreats, etc.) and World Environment Day (WED) commemorations, for Environmental Sustainability by preparing meeting agendas, summaries, minutes and follow up communications as required
•Support Advocacy Campaigns (Education/Awareness/Sensitizations/Trainings) geared to elevate environmental issues to the same level/s as social and economic issues in each of the 16 SADC Member States.
•Developing necessary background materials, sourcing appropriate speakers, and report writing
•Assist in preparing concept notes and short briefings across UNEP’s programmatic areas
•Assist in the development of communication and outreach materials such as stories, social media posts and newsletters highlighting the work and results of UNEP South Africa Office;
•Undertake any additional duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Head of
UNEP South Africa office, and in accordance with the Interns’ interests and experience.
Communication: Speaks and write clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and respond appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interests in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrate 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 clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products to client.
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.
Be computer literate in standard software applications.
Studies in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, International Relations or any other relevant field.
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 internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.