Intern - Communications & Knowledge Management
United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date for Applications:
- The United Nations Environment (UN Environment) 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. UN Environment '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.
- This internship offer is within in UNEP/ Ecosystems Division / Nature for Climate Branch / Climate Finance Unit, in Geneva (Switzerland), but can be carried out from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The loss of forest, and the accompanying loss of ecosystems and the services they provide, threatens the security and livelihoods of local communities, reduces access to clean water, decreases soil productivity and accounts for 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In recent years, it has become apparent that the most significant threat to the world’s remaining forests is conversion for commercial agriculture and other non-forest use. Many of the environmental benefits of intact forest are unpriced ‘externalities’, resulting in the market mispricing natural forest assets. By converting forest to land and then producing tradeable commodities that the market can price, land users are able to take advantage of this perceived arbitrage opportunity. Anticipated global economic growth and changing diets will strengthen the demand for agricultural commodities and place additional pressure on forests in the foreseeable future, meaning that the pressure will get even bigger than it is today without a changing paradigm how land is managed and agricultural commodities are produced. The challenge is to advance sustainable land use by developing business models that can manage sustainable commodity production while also maintaining forests and forest ecosystem services.
- Against that background, UNEP initiated a new Land Use Finance Project (‘the project’) to proactively help unlock and (re)direct public and especially private capital towards sustainable land use, including deforestation-free soft commodity production. The project is effectively an umbrella for a number of initiatives and finance facilities that UNEP either leads or is involved in, including the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (a partnership with BNP Paribas and ADM Capital), the GEF Good Growth Partnership, the &Green Fund (a new de-risking vehicle set up by the Norwegian government and IDH) and a partnership with Rabobank, FMO, Mirova/Althelia and IDH to unlock capital for deforestation-free agricultural production.
- UNEP is interested in expanding its work in unlocking private finance for sustainable land use, by establishing finance facilities that help reduce the risk and costs for private sector actors to direct capital to agribusiness firms and other private sectors. This is on the condition that more stringent forest protection and/or restoration measures are developed. In parallel, UNEP will work with partner governments to create the right enabling framework – through regulation and economic incentives – to accelerate the drive towards sustainable land use.
- The UNEP /Land Use Finance Programme is looking for an intern to support this work for a period of six (6) months.
- The Internship is unpaid and full-time.
- 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 specific details of the internship will vary according to the individual's background, the intern's assigned office as well as the period of Internship. Under the supervision of the Head of the Climate Finance Unit and the Lead on Communications and Knowledge Management, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:
- Assist in the Land Use Finance Programme’s overall communications and knowledge management plan, focusing specifically on digital communication (social media, eNewsletters, webinar and websites) and knowledge management,
- Create, design and produce multimedia content - videos, infographics, visuals and other supplementary communication assets – case studies, presentations and flyers.
- Support drafting and copy proofing of background documents, briefs, speeches, and other communication materials,
- Support the identification and development of solutions on knowledge management and knowledge sharing,
- Contribute to amplify dynamic knowledge sharing on innovative sustainable land use finance practices and tools,
- Assist in event planning and coordination,
- Help with the maintenance and value additions to our internal and external websites
- Undertake other duties relevant to the role, including participate in events, draft minutes, report on achievements, and other tasks as they arise.
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); Enrollment in a graduation programme focused on (environmental) economics, finance, business administration or natural resource management OR
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent) OR
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation
- Computer literate in standard software applications
- Good analytical skills
- Has demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and has a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN 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 official working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.