Tuesday, July 26, 2016

UNU-EHS Internship Programme - July 2016

REFERENCE NO.: UNU-EHS/EduSphere/Edu/2016/1
United Nations University’s Mission:
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. For more information, please visit
UNU-EHS was established in December 2003 and it addresses the risk and vulnerability aspects of human security and the consequences of complex environmental hazards for sustainable development. The work of UNU‐EHS helps to improve the in‐depth understanding of the cause effect relationships to find ways to reduce risks and vulnerabilities. The Institute supports policymakers and decision makers with evidence‐based research and information.
The work of the EduSphere section investigates the teaching – research nexus to enhance the graduate education and research training of the Institute. The section develops open educational resources on vulnerability and risk for sharing with educators, students and self-learners to use, reuse and adapt them in teaching, learning and research. The EduSphere section is a strong propionate of Information Communications Technology (ICT) development and its applications with regard to the use of new media tools and eLearning/open source methods which empower and enable users. The section uses ICT to enhance its project work, facilitate communications between stakeholders, and generate learning materials for tertiary education programmes.
The two-year Joint Master of Science Programme in the Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security was launched by UNU-EHS and the University of Bonn in October 2013. The Programme educates students in an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary manner on how to investigate and manage various resources related to environmental hazards by implementing science-based principles and methodologies to disaster risk management.
The Internship Programme of UNU-EHS in Bonn recruits highly qualified applicants to work as interns at the different UNU-EHS academic sections. Interns are recruited through a competitive application process through specific vacancy announcements or unsolicited applications for a minimum period of three months. Students or recent graduates interested in the work of the United Nations and in particular the United Nations University are encouraged to apply.
• assist with internship application processes, i.e. drafting internship vacancy announcements, working with online dissemination portals and updating roosters;
• support in the administration of the Joint M.Sc. Programme, i.e. assisting with call for applications; contact with Embassies and planning of introductory week (time of year / work cycle dependent);
• support in the organizaiton of different courses, excursions and events;
• draft and edit documents in English, conduct desk research, and support file organisation;
• Assist with the creation of supporting materials (PPT presentations, statistics, etc.);
• assist in all necessary academic and/or administrative tasks as the needs arise.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Field of Study: University degree in a field of interest to UNU-EHS, such as, Adminístration, Political Science, International (Affairs, Development, Relations, Policy), Geography as well as Communications, Media Studies, or a related field.
Essential Skills and attributes:
• excellent command of English and experience editing and writing various documents in English;
• fluency in German (written and spoken);
• ICT proficiency;
• good knowledge of Microsoft Office Programmes;
• good analytical and time-management skills;
• ability to work flexible, multitask and work independently;
• willingness to work in a culturally diverse environment;
• willingness to learn new technology skills and methods.
Desired Skills:
• background in data collection and analysis assistance will be looked on favourably;
• knowledge of new/social media is preferable;
• some practical work experience in a professional office setting would be an asset;
• other languages will be considered an asset;
• high motivated and team-oriented person;
• sense of initiative and originality.
Teaching/learning objectives:
• become familiarised with project and academic programme management;
• gain understanding of the project work and related activities of UNU and the UN System;
• gain work experience within UN international working environment.
Duration: The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis for a contractual period of 3 months. The internship is not remunerated.
Starting Date: September 2016

Application Procedure: By email to:
STAGE 1 (Application Submission)
Interested Applicants must submit by email to :
• A completed internship application form (downloadable from: )
• Résumé/CV in English
• Motivation/Cover letter: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals
• Two letters of recommendation
• Please quote the reference number in the email subject line
Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.
STAGE 2 (Interviews)
If your background matches the needs of the section, you will be shortlisted for the position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNU-EHS to schedule a date and time for the interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.
In some cases, when a specific skill is required for a position, shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials so that this skill may be assessed. For example, testing translation skills.
STAGE 3 (Acceptance)
After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding their application status. Successful candidates will be offered an internship position and contract for the duration of 3 to 6 months.
For more information about the UNU-EHS internship programme, please visit the website:
Workforce diversity is essential to UNU. Suitably qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds including minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be handled with the strictest confidence.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged nor returned.
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