Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes 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 Division of Ecosystems works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and advisory services for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. These internship positions are located in the UN Environment, Ecosystems Division, Northwest Pacific Action Plan at Toyama, Japan or Busan, R. Korea duty station.
The Action Plan for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) was adopted in September 1994 as a part of the Regional Seas Programme of the UN Environment. Member states of the NOWPAP are Japan, P.R. China, Republic of Korea, and the Russian Federation (http://nowpap.org). Regional Coordinating Unit of NOWPAP with two offices (in Toyama and Busan) has overall responsibility for the implementation of the NOWPAP Members' decisions regarding the operation of the Action Plan. The Regional Coordinating Unit maintains close contacts with and supports the work of the NOWPAP Regional Activity Centres and maintains cooperative relationships with other regional and international organizations.
Two internship positions (for Toyama and Busan offices, respectively) will support Regional Coordinating Unit in the implementation of the NOWPAP Programme of Work. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background as well as the agreed internship period.
Under the direct supervision of the NOWPAP Senior Coordinator (for Toyama office) or Programme Officer (for Busan office), the Environmental Affairs and Communication Intern will:
-Assist Senior Coordinator (Programme Officer) and other programme staff with outreach to Japanese and Korean governments, including local governments and various UN Environment stakeholders in the region;
-Assist with the organization of meetings/events, including logistics, preparing invitation letters, visa arrangements, etc.
-Undertake research, monitor relevant scientific and policy developments;
-Support communication materials, including website and social media development, designing posters/newsletters, drafting news articles/quarterly newsletters, editing pictures, etc.
-Assist in drafting meeting reports on the progress of activities when requested;
-Attend, report back, and draft summaries/ minutes of attended meetings and conferences;
-Assist with general office management;
-Assist with any other duties that will further the goals and mission of the NOWPAP when requested.
-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.