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Internship – Programme Support Assistant at UNEP Nairobi

Internship – Programme Support Assistant at UNEP Nairobi

Internship – Programme Support Assistant at UNEP Nairobi,

Internship – Programme Support Assistant at UNEP Nairobi

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment Programme) 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. UN Environment’s Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental law and policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This internship is based in the Ecosystems Division.

The purpose of these internships is to help UN Environment Programme on the UN General Assembly and UNEA-4 request to lead, together with FAO, on the implementation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

The internship is for six (6) months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

Under the guidance of the Partnership Coordinator (First Reporting Officer) and the Principal Coordinator of the UN Decade (Second Reporting Officer), the intern will support the UNDecade on Ecosystems Restoration core team in undertaking the following activities:


•Support in the establishment and management of partnerships for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (e.g., due diligence processes, developing tool kits and guidelines, partner communication channels).
•Assist with the organization of internal and external meetings and outreach events, developing necessary background materials, and report writing.
•Support the day-to-day communication and official correspondence of the UN Decade core team.
•Support the Secretariat function for the Multi-Partner Trust Fund and related meetings.
•Support the day-to-day management and regular quality control of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s website:
•Provide administrative, project management, and information management support.
•Carry out other duties on a need’s basis.


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.

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:

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.

Be computer literate in standard software applications, including MS Teams and Outlook.

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.

Insurance: The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship.

Therefore, candidates for the internship must show proof of valid regular as well as major medical insurance coverage.

Internship Agreements: Applicants, when selected, will be required to sign the “UNEP/UNON/UN-Habitat Internship Agreement”. Interns must keep confidential and cannot publish any information obtained during the internship, except with the explicit authorization of the United Nations Environment.

Payment: The internship is Nairobi-based or home-based, full time and unpaid. Costs of travel and accommodation, as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

Work Experience
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 this position fluency in English is required

NOTE: ”Fluency” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ”Knowledge of” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four area.

Application Guidelines

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

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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 enrolment from current University (if not graduated).
3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
The internship is for six (6) months.

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


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