Climate and Environment Internship

United Nations Children's Fund

Batu Maung, Malaysia

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Climate change and environmental degradation are some of the biggest threats affecting the world’s children, undermining many of the gains achieved in child survival and development. Children are the least responsible for climate change and environmental degradation, yet they stand to bear the most significant burden of its impact. UNICEF is committed to achieving societal transformation necessary for children to live in a sustainable, clean and safe environment.
UNICEF’s climate and environmental sustainability strategy stresses the need for ambitious programming to protect children from the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation by increasing the essential services’ resilience and reducing emissions and pollution. It also recognizes that children are not merely passive victims but right holders and active agents of change and that our only hope is empowering future generations to choose an environmentally sustainable path.
Under the supervision of the Climate and Environment Officer, this internship is to support the Climate and Environment team in implementing the climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction and resilience agenda. Furthermore, the intern will support UNICEF’s efforts to make children and young people a focus of climate change strategies and to empower children and young people with knowledge and skills to participate in climate and environmental action.
The purpose of this internship includes:
  • Support the ongoing work on youth engagement in climate action, including collecting inputs and feedback, mapping stakeholders, key activities and interventions, and developing good practices and lessons learned reports to build capacity of adolescents and youth to act for the climate and improve their advocacy capacity.
  • Support the communications efforts in identifying key advocacy moments including climate and environmental dates and developing key messages and communication materials, as well as building capacity of youth climate advocates.
  • Support with the review of climate and environment learning and educational materials, collecting comments and suggestions, providing recommendations for improvements and strengthening actions.
  • Support the development of knowledge products and evidence generation on climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction as required.
  • Support in the establishment of and ongoing collaboration with relevant partnerships in support of the climate, environmental and disaster risk reduction agenda.
  • Support the ongoing efforts to engage youth and young entrepreneurs and startups in Malaysia that are actively innovating with purposeful intent for positive impact around issues affecting children, such as climate change and environmental degradation. 
  • Other tasks that may arise related to the daily activities of the team.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 
  • We are looking for a dynamic person with a strong interest in climate and environment, innovation, digital engagement, rights of young people, content creation, as well as a proactive attitude towards day-to-day challenges. Most importantly, you need to demonstrate your interest and passion about why you want to work with UNICEF and for children and young people.
  • Currently enrolled or graduated either in/from undergraduate level or graduate level school
  • Prior experience with climate, environment, innovation and technology would be a considerable asset
  • Prior NGO, civil society organisation or volunteering experience is considered an asset
  • Strong network with climate, environmental and youth NGOs and movements is considered an asset
  • Solid skills in social media content production and digital engagement
  • Excellent in verbal and written communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis, and strong writing abilities)
  • Proficiency in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in Bahasa Malaysia preferred
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired
  • Currently enrolled in/recently graduated (within the past 2 years) from a graduate (Master’s) or undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the areas of Climate Science/Studies, Environmental Studies/Management, Economics, Public Policy, International Relations, Sustainable Development or related field.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Demonstrable excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis and strong writing abilities)
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.