UNFCCC Policy Intern

About the Climate Action Network

Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be passionate, results-oriented and have a positive attitude.
The CAN policy coordinates CAN members at the UNFCCC sessions, which entails the coordination of CAN policy position and submission documents, monitoring, coordinating, often drafting and delivering statements for members, and scheduling daily meetings, all while tracking the evolving state of play at the negotiations. While in between sessions, CAN policy coordinates conference calls on the various thematic issues relevant to climate change and the UNFCCC, maintains an informational website, and develops and maintains CAN positions and submissions.
The Policy intern will help to coordinate, inform and support Climate Action members’ members on all levels in an efficient, confidential and professional manner. CAN is looking for an intern that can commit for at least six months, or at least through the UNFCCC session in Bonn Germany in June as well as in August and October 2015.
This includes, updating CAN’s homepage with relevant information, help with the development of publications, liaising with CAN’s network members, assisting with events, organizing meetings and other logistics help to the policy department.
UNFCCC Session work:
  • Attend the UNFCCC session in Bonn, Germany, from May 31 – June 12. Please note that this may entail some long hours.
  • Depending on time period of internship, attend additional sessions from June until November and COP 21 in Paris, from November 28 – December 13.  This will entail some long hours.
  • Assist with logistics for both CAN Secretariat and members for the June session including: researching and acquiring hotel options and quotes if needed, researching printing vendors and acquiring quotes if needed, acquiring meeting venues for strategy sessions, ensuring technological capabilities at the venue, be the primary liaison with the relevant people (inside and outside of CAN), and sending out information guide to CAN members. .
  • At the UNFCCC session assist with the drafting, delivering and monitoring process of interventions and statements, which includes liaising with CAN members and the UNFCCC Secretariat.
  • At the UNFCCC session assist with CAN Daily meetings, which includes securing the meeting room with the UNFCCC Secretariat, room set-up prior to meetings, manage the ECO wall sheets during the CAN Daily meetings, and other various tasks needed by the CAN Secretariat
  • Assist with coordination of ECO newsletter printing and distribution, including liaising with the printing vendor, picking up the newsletter in the morning before 8am, distribution to the relevant spots within the UNFCCC venue in Bonn, and liaising with the ECO editor.
  • Assist with capacity building sessions and side events for members including ensuring a venue, room set-up, printing of relevant documents, etc.
  • Take accurate and detailed notes at meetings.
Website work:
  • Update the policy portion of the CAN-I website during and outside of sessions.  This requires more than a basic knowledge of the work CAN does and the UNFCCC process.
  • This includes, uploading new policy documents with the appropriate tagging details, fixing and updating old document links.
  • Assist in developing an improved process to organize files on the policy website.  This includes developing a consistent naming convention for files, and new tagging/organization process for old and new documents.
  • Draft and update introductory resource page section for CAN’s work on the post-2015 process, DRR framework, and UNFCCC
  • If possible and a plus, help with the translation of relevant policy documents and positions into English, Spanish, French, Chinese and/or Russian

Preferably based out of Germany or western Europe (close proximity to Bonn is an advantage)  

  • Experience and basic-intermediate knowledge of the UNFCCC process including acronyms, themes, etc
  • Currently enrolled in (or has) a BA/BS university degree program or similar degree/experience
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills in English (and preferably another UN language)
  • Computer literate: MS Office (PPT, Excel advanced level, Word, basic website skills)
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Ability to multi task and manage several projects at the same time
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to respond to a changeable working environment where there may be last minute requests to change meeting arrangements, etc.
  • A fun and super positive attitude
  • CAN is an equal opportunity employer – and if you are a person from the global south based out of western Europe is an advantage
To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to sharris@climatenetwork.org, with subject: “UNFCCC Policy Intern” by 10 April 2015. Applications are requested as soon as possible, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.