UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Policy Support Internship (2024).

Program Details

Job Opening ID: 227930

Job Network : Economic, Social and Development

Job Family : ENV

Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : GENEVA

Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme

Deadline : Feb 26, 2024

Program Overview

UNEP stands for the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on environmental concerns and sustainable development. UNEP Internship Programme works to provide leadership and encourage cooperation in addressing global environmental issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and sustainable consumption and production. It promotes the development and implementation of policies and actions that foster environmental sustainability, supports the sharing of knowledge and best practices, and facilitates international partnerships to achieve environmental goals. UNEP also plays a role in supporting the implementation of international environmental agreements and coordinating environmental activities within the United Nations system.


  • Located within the UN Environment Division of Economy, the Resources & Markets Branch (UNEP-RMB) seeks to conserve the environment, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development by enhancing the capacity of governments, businesses, and civil society to integrate environmental considerations into economic, trade, and financial policies and practices in accordance with the partnership and integrated policy-making approaches of sustainable development.
  • As part of UNEP-RMB, the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) ( is a unique global partnership between the UNEP and the private financial sector.
  • UNEP FI works closely with 400 financial institutions that are signatories to the UNEP FI Statements of Environmental Commitment, and a range of partner organizations to develop and promote linkages between the environment, sustainability and financial performance.
  • Through its industry commissions, thematic advisory groups and regional activities, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations.
  • Global policy and regulatory measures on sustainable finance have increased substantially over the recent years.
  • Public policy critically affects the ability of finance institutions to generate sustainable positive and reduce negative impacts through financing decisions.
  • It affects the sustainability and stability of financial markets, as well as social, environmental and economic systems.
  • Sustainable finance policies have become central to enabling and accelerating a successful transition.
  • Most importantly, they complement and build on financial sector leadership and initiatives such as the Principle for Responsible Banking, the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance and other key voluntary financial sector commitments aimed at aligning financial processes and flows with the sustainability goals.
  • The Global Policy Team at UNEP FI focuses on facilitating compatibility between policy and regulatory frameworks across the world. Members of the team are spread across different regions and coordinate relevant inputs and developments in regulation. The position is based in Brussels, Belgium.
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  • The intern will support the UNEP FI Policy team with the following tasks: Research and content development:
  • Undertake desktop research on sustainable financial regulation and finance-related themes requested and/or suggested by the Policy team.
  • Key themes may include the integration of climate risk into banking regulation and supervision, corporate sustainability disclosure, transition plans, green taxonomies, biodiversity-related policy developments and others;
  • Contribute to policy briefs for sustainable banking regulatory measures in key regions and/or jurisdictions;
  • Ensure coordination and input from other UNEP FI teams and key stakeholders, as relevant;
  • Support with the preparation of info sessions, Webinars on selected regulatory developments, and events;
  • Conduct content development and technical works related to his/her own research interest aligning with the Policy team’s focus.
  • Project management support:
  • Support the Policy team with researching relevant funding opportunities and support with the application process;
  • Support internal coordination efforts;
  • Coordination of work with other thematic teams in UNEP FI;
  • Support on consultation management for the Policy team;
  • Support admin management for the Policy team;
  • Support the Policy team with internal communications, website updates and external handling of webinars, conferences with UNEP FI Signatories.


  • Competencies: 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 the 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.
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  • 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.
  • Relevant experience and studies in finance, economics, law and/or international relations/affairs, development studies.
  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience.
  • However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.
  • Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D.
  • Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme.
  • Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application.
  • Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.

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English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.

Additional Information

  • 1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include: – Title of the degree you are currently pursuing – Graduation Date – IT skills and programmes you are proficient in – Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).
  • 2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
  • 3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship. Assessment Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
  • Special Notice Your application for this internship must include:
  • 1. A Completed application (Candidate Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (CP), 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: 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.
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Application Procedure

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Intern Specific text

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. Interns who are not citizens or permanent residents of the country where the internship is undertaken, may be required to obtain the appropriate visa and work/employment authorization. Successful candidates should discuss their specific visa requirements before accepting the internship offer.

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