UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Internship for Climate Change Program (Climate Risk and TCFD Programme)

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  • Geneva
  • Posted 2 weeks ago

UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

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Expected duration
6 months
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a strategic public-private partnership between the UN and over 400 global financial institutions. It has established some of the most important sustainability-oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment, the Principles for Sustainable Insurance and the Principles for Responsible Banking. It also convenes leading net zero alliances of banks, insurers and asset owners which form part of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero. UNEP FI’s Climate team is looking for an intern to work with their Climate Risk and TCFD (Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) programme. The programme works directly with financial institutions to advance their understanding of key topics at the intersection of climate and finance. These include climate data, climate scenario analysis, and climate risk modeling among many others. The programme leverages the convening power of the UN to accelerate the development of best practices for measuring and managing climate risks and opportunities. It also works directly with leading partners from academia, climate science, and advisory firms to create guidance and tools to support the creation of a sustainable financial sector. Additional detail on the Climate Risk and TCFD Programme: The Climate Risk and TCFD programme builds on work done by UNEP FI and partners in 2017-2018 that developed physical and transition risk methodologies for bank portfolios and extended in 2019-2020 through Phase II of the Banking Pilot, in 2021-2022 through Phase III of the Banking Pilot and in 2023, through its current Climate Risk and TCFD Programme. The programme is now looking to continue developing thought leadership on climate risk through partnerships with climate modelers, supervisors, academics, consultancies, and other stakeholders. The programme will also work at a regional level to build capacity around climate risk management and climate risk disclosures in line with the TCFD/ISSB and other regulatory expectations. UNEP FI aspires to build both knowledge and action within the financial sector to mobilise the sector to address climate and other environmental risks and support the lowcarbon transition. Responsibilites: The intern will assist the Climate Change team with implementing work related to UNEP FI’s regional work related to the Climate Risk and TCFD Programme. Daily responsibilities may vary depending on the individual’s background as well as the internship period. Duties may include, but are not limited to: – Researching the latest developments regarding climate scenarios, climate impacts, and climate-related regulations within the financial sector – Evaluating financial sector practices related to climate risk, both physical and transition risks- Assisting with the drafting and editing of publications (research reports, studies, etc.) – Supporting the day-to-day coordination of communications (organising meetings, notetaking, etc.) – Ensuring participants remain engaged by serving as liaison to different working groups within the programme – Supporting the preparations for events (logistical planning, agenda setting, etc.) – Working on other relevant tasks to support programme success
Qualifications/special skills
Education 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. Academic background in economics, social sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, public policy, sustainable development, business administration, finance, or another related field is desirable. 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.
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: http://unon. org/content/internship-programme) 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).
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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