Posting Title:

INTERN – Communication, (Temporary Job Opening)

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Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention

Duty Station:

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Posting Period:

28 January to 17 February 2020

Template proof of enrollment or graduation:


United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Application to be sent to:

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:

  • 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.
  • Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:, - 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.
  • A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • List your top three areas of interest.
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
  • Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to visa, travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne and arranged by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.

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. UN Environment's Science Division is responsible for analyzing the state of the global environment, providing early warning information and assessing global and regional environmental trends to catalyze and promote international cooperation and action on the environment.

The internship is located in the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire) within UNEP/Ecosystems Division.

This internship position is offered for an initial period of three months with various reporting dates, starting from March 2020, with an opportunity for extension, subject to the needs of the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and the availability of an intern.

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.

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Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention and the direct supervision of the Senior Communication, Partnership and Fundraising Officer, intern’s duties are flexible and will depend to some extent on the intern’s own experience, but may include those listed below:

The intern’s duties are flexible and will depend to some extent on the intern’s own experience and interests, but may include those listed below:

  • Assist in the preparation of project documents with relevant institutions in the field of marine and coastal management issues
  • Assist in the development of project proposals
  • Gather and analyse data relevant to the Abidjan Convention projects
  • Help in the development of communications material
  • Liaise with the Abidjan Convention partners to ascertain their needs for assistance from the Abidjan Convention
  • Translation of news and communications documents
  • Assist with preparation of the Abidjan Convention meetings and media coverage
  • Assist with the Abidjan Convention workshops and prepare meeting minutes, if required
  • Assist in the preparation of content for social media
  • Assist in news production and related activities
  • Undertake other tasks as required, and in accordance with the intern’s interests and experience
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Master Degree in the field of International Relations. Academic training and/or a keen demonstrated interest in Geography and Communication is an asset.

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

  • Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or
  3. have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation (OFFICIAL PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION)
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;•Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • 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.

Languages: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of an additional official UN language is an asset. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the official languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Assessment: Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations: Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.