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UNEP Internship offer at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries Programme

Geneva, Switzerland, 20 June 2014


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) was launched in September 2008 to assist developing countries to build capacity to reduce emissions and to participate in a future REDD+ mechanism. REDD+ refers to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. The Programme builds on the convening power and expertise of its three Participating UN Organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The UN-REDD Programme supports governments in preparing national REDD+ strategies, building monitoring systems, engaging stakeholders and assessing multiple benefits. Building on the lessons learned and feedback from countries and partners, the Programme has increased its funding base and the number of participating countries. The Programme is responsive to country needs, and is prepared to support transformation in the forest and other sectors which impact on land use in developing countries’ economies needed to achieve readiness for REDD+.The UN-REDD Programme was guided by the UN-REDD Programme Strategy 20112015, endorsed by the Policy Board in November 2010. In its support to national REDD+ readiness processes, the Programme has two delivery modalities: 1) direct support to implementation of UN-REDD National Programmes; and 2) the support at national, regional and global level through the Global Programme, currently implemented as thee Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA).

The Programme currently has 53 partner countries, 18 of which have received funding approval for their National Programmes. In addition to National Programmes, countries are also supported through country specific support, including the Targeted Support category of the SNA. In total, over US$190 million has been allocated to the 18 National Programmes and the SNA since the Programme’s inception. Further details about the programme can be found on the website www.un-redd.org

The UNEP- UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, Geneva internship is for 6 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office 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.

The intern will support in the different areas of the Secretariat’s function of overall coordination which includes delivery of high quality services and results through creation of an efficient interagency quality assurance, reporting and coordination mechanisms; providing administrative and logistical support to the Policy Board, Strategy Group and Management Group; facilitating knowledge sharing within the Programme, countries and interested stakeholders; nurturing and developing new partnerships and managing external relations. Specifically, the intern will support the following:

  • Support the preparation of progress reports on the status of Programme Implementation;

  • Support the Secretariat in the development of the Programme’s Partnership and donor relations strategy;

  • Support preparations for UN-REDD events, prepare background technical papers and initial versions of briefing notes and other talking points for senior staff of the Secretariat participating in events;

  • Support in the preparation of documents for the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meetings;

  • Support in the organization of working group meetings and teleconferences, prepare meeting notes and circulate.

  • Track and synthesize information on relevant forestry, REDD+ issues, and other country-related publications and provide regular summaries for use by the Secretariat team.

Deadline: 4 July 2014

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