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Intern - Enviroment Affairs / Science & Technology

The United Nations Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development with the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) ( provides independent advice to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is made up of a Chair and 6 members. The roles and responsibilities of the Chair, Panel members and STAP Secretariat are set out in STAP’s Terms of Reference ( (March 2012). STAP is hosted by UN Environment, on behalf of the GEF network.

STAP’s role is to provide objective scientific and technical advice on the GEF’s policies, strategies, programs, and projects. It does so by executing a program of work developed in collaboration with the GEF Secretariat, and by screening GEF projects. Its advice takes a variety of forms, including formal guidance, advice, information notes, policy briefs, and assessments.

The Panel is supported by a small, dedicated Secretariat of six. The STAP Secretariat provides substantive and operational assistance in the delivery of Panel members’ responsibilities.

This internship is located in the STAP Secretariat in Washington, DC. Interns are expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned. This internship is UNPAID.

The STAP Secretariat seeks suitably qualified candidates with an interest in environmental science and policy to contribute to the work of the Panel, for 4 to 6 months.

Under the Supervision of a Programme Officer, the intern will:

- Assist with research on issues related to the main focal areas of the GEF (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate adaptation, chemicals and waste, land degradation, and international waters), for example, to support STAP papers, terms of reference for consultancies, and project reviews;
- Assist in preparing speaking notes and presentations, and in organizing STAP meetings and workshops; and 
- Assist with STAP communications, including updating the STAP website.

For more information, and to apply, please see the full announcement.

You may find additional information on the UN Internship programme by visiting the UN Careers webpage


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