Intern - Project Support

United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th January, 2021

Job Description

This internship position is located in the Nature for Climate Branch (NCB) in the Ecosystems Division of the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, with the intended purpose of assisting the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration team in carrying out its implementation.

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 vary according to needs of the UN Decade team and will depend on the individuals' background as well as the internship period. Working on a home-office base and under the supervision of the partnership coordinator of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, it is expected that his/her responsibilities will fall within one or several of the following broad activities:

  •  Support in the establishment and management of partnerships for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (e.g. developing tool kits and guidelines, partner communication channels);
  •  Support the day-to-day communication and official correspondence of the UN Decade core team;
  •  Provide administrative, project management, and information management support;
  • Assist with the organization of internal and external meetings and outreach events, developing necessary background materials, and report writing;
  •  Carry out other duties on a need’s basis.


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 policies, natural sciences, political sciences, social sciences, cultural studies, or related fields;
  •  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 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Unit including:

  •  Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  •  Possess good report writing skills;
  •  Demonstrate pleasant interpersonal skills;
  •  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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