NAIROBII-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

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:
3. Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
4. 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.


The United Nations Environment Programme (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 UN system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment This internship opportunity is located in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Branch within the Ecosystems Division at the Nairobi duty station. The internship is for a minimum of three months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of six months, depending on the needs of the Office. Interns work five days per week (35 - 40 hours), under the supervision of a staff member in the department of office to which they are assigned. The internship is UNPAID and full time.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's academic background, skill-set the intern's assigned office and duration of internship. Under the supervision of the Senior Environmental Economist, duties may include but not limited to:
•Conduct research on human capital
•Plan workshops for state policymakers, researchers, and NGOs
•Collaborate with other Branches and Divisions
•Develop outreach materials to communicate the work on pollution, human capital and sustainable economy
.Perform other duties as required.


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.

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.


Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
d. Fully proficient computer skills, use of web-based platforms and relevant softwares e.g. Word Processing, PowerPoint, Excel, internal databases, Internet etc.
e. Preferred area of study:International relations, international environmental law, political sciences, sustainable development, communication, environmental science, technical issues (in particular chemistry or biological sciences) or related area.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Candidates should have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.

Candidates should demonstrate 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is highly desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted bya the hiring manager for further consideration.