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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)



The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty against climate change, negotiated and signed by 154 states at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992. It established a Secretariat headquartered in Bonn and entered into force on 21 March 1994.As of 2020, the UNFCCC has 197 signatory parties. Its supreme decision-making body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), meets annually to assess progress in dealing with climate change.

The UNFCCC in affiliation with other UN agencies presently require the services of resourceful, experienced and dynamic candidates for the following listed positions;

General Information

Post Titles / Grades:

·         Human Resources Officer – P4

·         Economic Affairs Officer – P4

·         Logistics Officer – P4

·         Environmental Affairs Officer – P4

·         Administrative Officer – P5

·         Chief Nurse – P3

·         Finance and Budget Officer – P4

·         Information Management Officer – P3

·         Property Management Officer – P4

·         Project Management Engineer – P4

·         Pharmacist – P3

·         Research Officer – P4

·         Medical Officer – P4

·         Programme Officer – P4

·         Training Officer – P4

·         Engineer – P4

Duty Stations: UN DUTY STATIONS in Geneva, Copenhagen, Jerusalem, Beijing, New York, Santiago and Hong Kong



  •          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 

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in your field of expertise or related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in field of expertise or related area.

Languages: English and French are the working languages for the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

Remuneration: Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. Annual salary ranges from US$110,000.00 to US$250,000.00 for respective positions.

How to apply: The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).

Procedure: This is an online recruitment process. Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, and work experience. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.

Deadline for applications: Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subjected to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application. Interested and qualified applicants should send their detailed Resumes/Cvs to vacancies@un-fccc.org on or before 31st of July 2021.

Please send a copy of your applications to the Foreign Affairs Department by e-mail to orose@mfa.gov.sc


Purpose: The objective of the internship programme is to provide a framework through which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to the UNFCCC-secretariat to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments. It allows selected candidates to gain insight into the work of the United Nations and provides assistance and training in various professional fields.

Eligibility requirements:

i) Applicants should be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree (minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) or a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)  in a field related to the work of the UNFCCC-secretariat (including economics, environmental sciences, international law, international relations, natural sciences, political science, human resources and/or public administration, event management, IT/computer sciences, and communication) at a recognized university at the time of application and during the entire period of internship.

ii) Applicants should be able to work in English.

Terms and conditions:

a) The normal duration of an internship is two months, which can be extended for an additional period of two months by mutual consultation and consent. The total duration may exceptionally be extended to a maximum period of six months when there are special academic requirements or special needs of the receiving programme.

b) Applicants may not be related - i.e. spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son - to a staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat.

c) There is no promise of employment either during or upon completion of an internship with the UNFCCC secretariat. Interns will not be considered for employment with the UNFCCC-secretariat within six months after completion of the internship.

d) An intern is not a staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat, therefore the privileges and immunities agreed between the UNFCCC-secretariat and the host Government do not apply to interns.

e) An intern undertakes to conduct himself/herself at all times in a manner compatible with his/her responsibilities as an intern of the UNFCCC-secretariat.

f) The intern is required to keep confidential all unpublished information made known during the course of the internship, and must not publish any reports or papers on the basis of information obtained, except with the prior written authorization of the UNFCCC-secretariat. These obligations will not lapse upon the expiration of the internship period.

Expenses and medical coverage:

Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNFCCC secretariat. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution.

The UNFCCC-secretariat accepts no responsibility for medical insurance for the intern or for any costs arising from accidents and/or illness during the internship period. Applicants are required to provide evidence of adequate medical insurance coverage.

To apply for an internship, kindly forward your application to internship@un-fccc.organd a copy to orose@mfa.gov.sc  at Foreign Affairs Department.


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