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UNEP Finance Initiative Internship

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UNEP Finance Initiative Internship
UNEP Finance Initiative Internship

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UNEP Finance Initiative Internship

The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a unique global partnership between UN Environment and about 500 banks, insurers and investors from around the world. Together we work towards integrating environmental concerns into lending and investment as well as strategic decisions. The aim is to increase financing for sustainable businesses and projects and thereby contribute to international Climate Targets as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

On 22nd September 2019, UNEP FI member banks representing USD 47 trillion and with that over a third of the global banking industry officially signed and launched the Principles for Responsible Banking. The Principles for Responsible Banking guide the change towards a new, sustainable global banking industry that takes on a key role in helping society to achieve its goals for a sustainable future. With these Principles, banks commit to strategically align their business with and scale up their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate. Today, over 320 banks representing USD 89 trillion in assets have committed to implementing the Principles for Responsible Banking.

UNEP FI’s banking team is responsible for the initiative’s work with its over 330 member banks in more than 80 countries around the world. This includes overseeing and supporting the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Banking. The UNEP FI Internship for Banking Support is for six (6) months. Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


The following subteams of the Banking Team are looking for their next interns;

– The Implementation Support Team plays a vital role in providing technical assistance to member banks in implementing the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) and offering customized support throughout their PRB journey. Working closely with UNEP FI’s Thematic (Nature, Social Issues…) and cross-cutting (Impact and Policy) teams, the Implementation Support Team develops foundational and thematic guidance in collaboration with member banks. The intern will assist in project management for ongoing PRB implementation-related projects and working groups, the development of thematic guidance through working groups and collective engagement formats and research on sustainable banking topics relevant to ongoing projects. This would involve supporting various topics such as Nature & Biodiversity, Climate & Net-Zero transition, Climate Adaptation, and Financial Inclusion.

– Governance and Membership Team is responsible for managing the relationship and
communications with our members and external stakeholders. The team supports the banking
governance bodies, the Banking Board and CSAB. The team is responsible for informing and
delivering support services to the banking membership incl: communications with new and existing
members, information formats (webinars, Q&As documents, events, etc.), infrastructure (members database) and implementation workshops. The work is carried out in close collaboration / jointly with UNEP FI’s Regional Coordinators and Communications Team. The intern will support the organization and preparation of support activities both logistically and in terms of content, support with communication and engagement with our banking members as well as various external stakeholders.

– The Review Team is responsible for tasks and processes related to accountability. This includes the individual and feedback review processes with the 330+ PRB banks, which aims to provide individual support to PRB banks. In addition, the team compiles and shares data gathered from reviews to inform guidance, support work, and membership management. The Review Team closely collaborates with regional coordinators and leverages subject-matter expertise within the Banking Team and UNEP FI to provide targeted support to banks. The intern will support the individual review processes and data management projects.

Requirements for the UNEP Finance Initiative Internship


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, sustainable development, communications, environmental sciences and/or international relations/affairs.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration. Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
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 enrolment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

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