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Posting Title: INTERN – ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: VIENNA

Posting Period: 14 July 2020 – 28 July 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Environmental Affairs-UNEP-136434-J-Vienna (O)


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.

The internship vacancies for up to a maximum of six positions (each of maximum of six months) 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 data from Member States and other international organizations and engages specialists to analyze information, study relevant scientific literature and produce scientific reviews for scrutiny at the Committee’s annual sessions.

Following approval by the 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 interns will be reporting to the Scientific Officer under the overall management of the Secretary of the Committee at the UNSCEAR secretariat. For more information on UNEP/UNSCEAR, please visit the following website:

The positions are for a minimum duration of three months to a maximum of six months, starting July 2020.
The internship is UNPAID and full time. The interns will work 40 hours per week in line with the UN rules. The working arrangements give priority to safety and it may be required to telework in the COVID-19 pandemic situations at the time f internship. Therefore, the candidates are expected to have personal computers to work from home, if required.


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 the UNSCEAR secretariat in preparation of scientific documents for the annual UNSCEAR sessions;
  • Assisting the UNSCEAR secretariat with research, literature review and compilation of statistical data;
  • Assisting the UNSCEAR secretariat with preparation of scientific presentation material;
  • Providing administrative and technical support to UNSCEAR 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.



Speaks and writes clearly and efficiently in English; 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relation in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


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 decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

a. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

(i) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(ii) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION). The fields of study which qualify for this Job Opening are as follows: natural science, information or library, environmental or medical science or administration and management.

c. Be fully proficient in standard software applications; knowledge of graphics and referencing software is an asset;

d. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

e.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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree in natural science, information or library, environmental or medical science or administration and management?
Will you be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for – research and analysis of scientific data and information?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the internship.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager of the UNSCEAR secretariat.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

  • Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
  • Graduation Date
  • IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A 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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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