Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station: BRASILIA
Posting Period: 26 November 2018 – 10 December 2018
Org. Setting and Reporting
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 United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The establishment of a UN Environment Office in April 2004 in Brasilia is part of a decentralization strategy aimed at responding more effectively to environmental priorities at national and sub-national levels and to assist in building capacities to address emerging issues, new development challenges and to contribute to combat poverty.
During its first years of operation, the Brazilian Office has focused its activities on the following areas:
Promotion of policy dialogue among environment authorities and civil society on the identification of key environmental issues, on the development of sound environmental policies and management tools, providing technical inputs, sharing information and providing support for their implementation;
Assessment of the state of Brazilian biomes and ecosystems, evaluating current conditions, pressures, trends and challenges, reviewing effectiveness of management tools and policy responses for the preservation and sustainable use of natural resources;
Identification of local capacities and development of adequate alternatives for introducing sustainable patterns of production and consumption; methodologies for preparedness and prevention of environmental emergencies and for anticipating possible negative impacts on the environment of productive processes and industrial developments;
Technical advice and sharing of information on the requirements for coping with multilateral environmental agreements, specially to those concerning biodiversity, biosafety, climate change, desertification and management of chemical substances;
Fostering partnerships among key actors of private and financial sectors, envisaging the creation of a shared culture of environmental responsibility and sustainable financing; and
Promoting integrated actions, coordination and facilitating the exchange of experiences between neighboring countries of the Amazon and Southern Cone sub-regions within the framework of sub-regional integration agreements and environment protocols.
To enhance its outreach and convert actions into concrete results, UN Environment Brazil works with a wide range of partners, including government institutions, non-governmental organizations, private and academic sectors as well as bilateral and multilateral agencies.
In the 2030 Agenda Scenario, UN Environment Brasil is enhancing its work in support to 4 of UN Environment’s 2014-2017 Medium Term Strategy (MTS) priorities, specifically: Resource efficiency, Environment under review, Environmental governance and Ecosystem management. Furthermore, the support to the 2030 Agenda and SDG has catalyzed UN Environment – Country Office Brazil to seek dialogue with other country offices in the BRICS economic bloc to co-ordinate harmonized responses to environmental challenges.
The UN Environment/Brazil Office’s internship is for six (6) months.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days per week (36 hours) under the supervision of a staff 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.
Under the Supervision of a staff member, the intern will be supporting the Campaigns Team, Brazil Country Office.
More specifically, the job will entail the following tasks:
-Assist the Campaigns Team in developing social media strategies for campaigns, especially #CleanSeas;
-Development of textual and visual content for social media related to the campaigns;
-Collection of background information and contribute to the preparation of articles, infographics, reports and project documents related to the campaigns;
-Assist the Campaigns Team in the elaboration of documents and analysis;
-Propose outreach strategies for the campaigns and assist in the implementation;
-Cover the Campaign’s events, producing content to social media, including photo and video coverage and interviews if necessary;
-Under supervision of the Head Campaigner and in close articulation with the Communication Manager, assist in regularly producing content to the UN Environment Brazil website regarding the campaigns;
-Help develop graphic materials, edit audio-visual content, prepare PowerPoint presentations, and other related activities when required;
-Support the organization of workshops, seminars and missions, including administrative arrangements when required;
-Assist in engaging in strategic communications planning and processes that support UN Environment mission, strengthen the visibility of the organization and raise public awareness on plastic pollution and other themes;
-Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
-Perform other clerical tasks as required;
-Support other activities of the Country Office as requested.
•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
•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
•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
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.
Be computer literate in standard software applications, but with proven expertise in graphic design tools (i.e. InDesign, CorelDraw, etc). Expertise must be proven through a portfolio.
Have experience with development of social media content.
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 Field of Study: Media and Communication, Journalism, Advertisement, Marketing, Graphic Design and or any relevant Communication and Development field
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English and Portuguese are required.
Working knowledge of Spanish areis 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),
– List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
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. 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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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