Intern - Communication and Outreach Assistant

United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th January, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations 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. 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. UNEP's Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. These Internship positions are located in the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit of the Biodiversity and Land Branch (BLB/TEU) in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, with the intended purpose of supporting the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit’s execution of the outreach and awareness raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative, an Initiative with the aim to protect peatlands as the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stock.

The internship is for a minimum of three (3) months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six (6) months, depending on the needs of the Unit.

Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours), under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individuals' background as well as the internship period and will support the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit in outreach and awareness-raising for the Global Peatlands Initiative. Under the direct supervision of the responsible Programme Officer, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:

  •  Draft content for, and update the GPI and UNEP-peatlands tab, website(s), online dgroups platform, GPI community of practice and other social media outreach channels;
  •  Draft news articles or blogs on subjects relevant to peatlands restoration, conservation and sustainable management, such as ecosystem services, trans-boundary collaboration, conservation and carbon finance, biodiversity and climate change;
  •  Assist in the preparation of materials for GPI events, workshops or South-South exchanges;
  •  Assist in the development of awareness raising, outreach, or other advocacy materials including speech-writing, presentations, and/or videos;
  •  Assist with research on peatlands best practices in conservation, sustainable management and restoration or relevant topics to inform policy making;
  • Assist with preparations for the GPI Steering Committee meetings, and various virtual or face-to-face meetings of the partnership, be willing to attend if held in Nairobi;
  •  Assist with organizing ad hoc meetings, workshops or teleconferences, and prepare meeting agendas, summaries, minutes and follow up communications as required;
  •  Support regular communications within the GPI Partnership and with members of the public as required;
  •  Undertake other tasks as required, and in accordance with the Interns' interests and experience.


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) focused on environmental sciences, environmental policy, biodiversity and conservation, development studies or related field, (environmental) economics, finance, business management or natural resource management;
  •  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.

Applicants must be pursuing qualifications in an area of study that can significantly contribute to the responsibilities outlined and overall work of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit including:

  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  •  Possess good report writing skills;
  •  Demonstrate pleasant interpersonal skills;
  •  Demonstrate interest in issues related to ecosystems management, restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate change, or sustainable development and knowledge;
  •  Have knowledge of peatlands or wetland ecosystem functioning;
  •  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;
  •  Have a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter.

Upon completion of the assignment it is anticipated that the Intern will:

  •  Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  •  Have improved communication skills through interaction with UNEP staff, Executive and Senior Management, governments and partner organizations;
  •  Have gained a better understanding of UNEP's operations and the overall United Nations system.

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.
  • Do you have demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views?
  • If your main language is not English, are you fluent in English?


  • English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency of French or Spanish is desirable.


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