Intern - Programme Support

United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th 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. This Internship position is located in the Global Programme for Action Unit of the Marine and Freshwater Branch (MFWB/GPA) in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, with the intended purpose of supporting the GPA Unit’s implementation of activities related to Marine Litter.

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 Global Programme for Action Unit on the implementation of activities related to Marine Litter. Under the direct supervision of the responsible Programme Officer GPA/Marine Litter, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:

  •  Support the preparations for upcoming on marine litter meetings, this will include tracking documentation and logistical support;
  •  Assist with the further development of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter webpage by ensuring content is updated regularly;
  •  Develop key communications materials, in print, online and for social media, for the Global Partnership on Marine Litter;
  •  Conduct research on potential new members to support the expansion of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter;
  •  Keep track of, and regularly update, the partners’ contact database and the corresponding mailing lists of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter;
  •  Assist in the preparation of workshops, meetings and other events to take place in Nairobi and other countries to achieve programmatic results;
  •  Support in organizing and regularly updating the relevant folders for administrative purposes;
  •  Undertake targeted desktop research to compile stories, facts, data and other pieces to inform program development;
  •  Support the preparations for the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) with a focus on marine litter related activities;
  •  Support other tasks or activities as required and in accordance with the Intern's interests.


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 natural science, communication, economic discipline or related field;
  •  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 Global Programme for Action Unit including:

  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  •  Possess good report writing skills;
  •  Demonstrate good organizational and pleasant interpersonal skills;
  •  Have knowledge of marine litter relevant work;
  •  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.


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


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