Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level.
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.
The Latin America and the Caribbean Office located in Panama City works closely with the 33 countries of the region - including 16 small island developing States, with a population of about 588 million people.
The office works to serve the needs of the region and its activities are integrated into the work programs approved by the United Nations Environment Assembly of UN Environment (UNEA).
The UN Environment / Latin America and the Caribbean Office / Chemicals & Waste Unit promotes the transition of countries to the sound management of chemicals and waste in order to minimize impact on the environment and human health.
UN Environment provides information and support initiatives to improve the management of chemicals and wastes, and facilitates implementation in the region of the various international agreements in force or under negotiation, including the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
The Latin America and the Caribbean Office is currently implementing a range of projects within the UN Environment Programme of Work, Subprogramme on Chemicals and Waste.
Also, the last meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cartagena, Colombia, March 2016) called upon UN Environment to additionally support the implementation of chemicals and waste MEAs, and the sound management of chemicals and waste.
For this purpose, the Forum established the Intergovernmental Network on Chemicals and Waste for Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to strengthen the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste, reinforcing sub-
regional and regional cooperation and facilitating the exchange of experiences. The UN Environment Latin America and the Caribbean Office provides secretariat support to the Network, including support to the Steering Committee, the Working Group to develop a regional action plan on chemicals and waste (to be adopted by 2018), and the implementation of a programme of initial information exchange activities.
The UN Environment / Latin America and the Caribbean Office / Chemicals & Waste Unit internship is for six (6) months. The Internship is UNPAID and full-
time. Interns work five days per week (40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.
The intern will work with UNEP-Latin America and the Caribbean Office’s Chemicals & Waste Unit, under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator of the Chemicals & Waste Sub-
programme. The position will be supporting the following projects :
More specifically, the job will entail the following tasks :
drafting background materials, and meeting reports.
Core Competencies : Communication :
Client Orientation :
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements :
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
Be computer literate in standard software applications.
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.
Final year undergraduate or master’s degree student in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, International Relations, Economics, Social Sciences or a related area preffered.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Spanish are required. Working knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include :
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application : http : / / unon.org / content / internship-programme),
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.
Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.
The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-
a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-
link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira.
Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations.
Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application : no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING).
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.