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Greening and Sustainability Internship (2 positions)
Division of Financial and Administrative Management
Title: Greening and Sustainability Intern
Duty Station: Home-Based
Duration: 3 months
Contract Type: Internship
Closing date for application: 04/05/2021
Start date: 15/05/2021
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship with the Greening and Sustainability Team which is part of the Global Mobility and Infrastructure Services, within the Division of Financial and Administrative Management (DFAM) at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.
In 2007, the UN Climate Neutral Strategy was developed, and organizations committed to move their respective organizations to climate neutrality. Since then, UNHCR has continuously improved its efforts in promoting the careful use of energy resources by refugees, host communities, partner organizations and as a priority by UNHCR itself. In 2019, UNHCR developed its Global Strategy for Sustainable Energy 2019-2024 which aims to enable persons of concern to UNHCR to meet their energy needs in a safe and sustainable manner. It also launched the Clean Energy Challenge and is currently working on a first comprehensive Strategic Framework on Climate Action.
In 2020, UNHCR developed a new internal Greening and Sustainability strategy in order to improve its environmental performance, climate compatibility and resource efficiency. The UNHCR Greening and Sustainability strategy focuses on three main areas:
Green Box: measure global energy consumption of UNHCR offices in order to migrate from fossil fuels to renewable energy
Procure and install electricity meters in all UNHCR offices; create centrally managed dashboard with real-time data; carry out energy audits of UNHCR offices; and prepare business cases for each UNHCR office to identify alternative energy options.
Green Fund: Develop innovative financing model to migrate UNHCR offices from fossil fuels to renewable energy
Establish internal UNHCR Green Revolving Fund to convert UNHCR Operations from diesel to renewable energy; use the Fund to procure from private sector independent power producers through Power Purchase Agreements; aim to achieve positive carbon impact and positive financial impact to budget (cost effective).
Green Data: Implement dynamic technology platform for real-time monitoring and data visualization
Establish systems and policies for real-time, high quality data collection of GHG emissions, energy, waste and water across UNHCR; create data warehouse and dashboards for easy monitoring, reporting and decision-making.
During the internship the incumbent will acquire the following:
¿ Knowledge on UNHCR¿s mandate, programmes and environmental activities at HQ and in the field.
¿ Knowledge in key environmental related sectors.
¿ Knowledge on the Strategy for Sustainability Management in UNHCR and the UN System 2020-2030.
¿ Experience of coordination, information collection and report drafting.
¿ Duties and responsibilities.
Duties and responsibilities
Assist the Greening and Sustainability Project Coordinators in providing data insights to colleagues across the world:
1. Assist in the development of new and ad-hoc reports in Greening and Sustainability related initiatives.
2. Support the team on advocating for Greening and Sustainability initiatives.
3. Assist in developing the project visibility as well as internal and external communication strategies and actions.
4. Assist with updating and administering various databases especially for the UN-wide Greening the Blue report;
5. Provide any other required support, including administrative support to the team¿s staff.
Area of work may be adapted in the course of the internship to better fit the intern¿s interests and profile as well as the Section¿s needs.
Minimum qualifications required
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
¿ Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within one year of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO ; and
¿ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.
NOTE: An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.
Desirable qualifications and skills
The ideal candidate will hold/have:
¿ Degree or specific studies in Environmental Studies; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Science; Economics: Business Administration; Finance; or other closely relevant field.
¿ Excellent English oral and writing skills. Working knowledge of a second UN official language is an asset.
¿ Former experience with data collection and data analysis of big amounts of data, and business case analysis / development and financial modeling.
¿ Competencies in accountability, communication, teamwork & collaboration, client & result orientation, planning and organizing.
¿ Commitment to continuous learning.
It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week). The successful candidate will be home-based. Access to a computer and reliable internet connection for telecommuting are required.
Allowance: Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing or training.
We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee or stateless background.
Please note that the closing date for this internship advertisement is Tuesday 4 May 2021 (midnight Geneva time).