Programme Management

United Nations Environment Programme , Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th May, 2021

Job Description

  • 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.
  • There are about six internship positions, each for a maximum duration of six months. The internships are located in Vienna, Austria at UNEP/United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). UNSCEAR was established in 1955 by the General Assembly in response to widespread concerns about the effects of ionizing radiation on human health and the environment. The Scientific Committee assesses global and regional levels of radiation exposure and its health and environmental effects. The secretariat, based in Vienna, is provided under arrangements by UNEP. The secretariat collates scientific data from Member States and other international organizations and engages specialists to analyse information, study relevant scientific literature and produce scientific reviews for scrutiny at the Committee’s annual sessions. Following approval by the Scientific Committee, substantive assessments are reported to the General Assembly and published by the United Nations for the wider benefit of the scientific community and the general public. Governments and organizations throughout the world rely on the Committee's estimates as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk and for establishing protective measures.
  • The internship positions are 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 UNSCEAR secretariat, starting in September 2021. 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 interns will be reporting to the Scientific Officer, under the overall management of the Secretary of the Committee, UNSCEAR secretariat.
  • Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to: ·

  • Assisting in the preparation of scientific documents for the annual UNSCEAR sessions; ·
  • Assisting with the research, literature review and compilation of statistical data; · Assisting with the preparation of scientific presentation material;
  • Providing administrative and technical support to meetings of experts and annual sessions;
  • Providing ad hoc support with administrative tasks and gaining insight in UN procedures and administrative processes;
  • Assisting with the maintenance of the UNSCEAR website, outreach activities and other online tools.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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);
  • 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.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications.
  • Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the 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.
  • Preferred area of study: natural, information or library, environmental or medical science or administration and management. ·


  • 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 working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship. Knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage.


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