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UNU-EHS (Spanish speaker) Internship- Germany

Organization: United Nations University in Bonn 

Position Title: UNU-EHS EMSVA Section (Spanish speaker) Internship

Location: UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 53113, Germany

Hours and Compensation: 32 hours/week unpaid

Application Deadline: November 10, 2013

Duration: The successful candidate will be based at UNU-EHS in Bonn on a full-time basis (32 hours per week) for a contractual period ranging between 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

Starting Date: As soon as possible.



Organization Overview

United Nations University’s Mission: The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. For more information, please visit

UNU-EHS, established in December 2003, addresses the risk and vulnerability aspects of human security and the consequences of complex environmental hazards for sustainable development. The work of UNU‐EHS helps to improve the in‐depth understanding of the cause effect relationships to find ways to reduce risks and vulnerabilities. The Institute supports policymakers and decision makers with evidence‐based research and information.

The Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation Section – EMSVA- undertakes empirical research on environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability. The section also addresses climate change adaptation including a range of activities such as disaster risk reduction and insurance-related approaches to help vulnerable countries and communities.


  • Providing literature reviews and support for the organization of the Catalyst Winter Academy which will take place in Mexico in December 2013 ( as well as its follow-up (eg. conference proceedings);
  • Providing literature reviews and support for the organization of a workshop to be held in Guatemala in early 2014 as well as for its follow-up (eg. conference proceedings);
  • Supporting the EMSVA section in proposals writing, “Where the Rain Falls” project follow-up, Climate Change and Migration – COST Action IS1101 and other upcoming projects;
  • Translating project and research documents and outputs from English to Spanish;
  • Developing and updating literature databases;
  • Reviewing literature both in English and in Spanish;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned or required.


Field of Study: Under graduate/Postgraduate studies in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Migration Studies or other Social Sciences;

Essential Skills and attributes:

  • Excellent Spanish (preferably native speaker) and English language abilities, both spoken and written;
  • Good knowledge of office programs.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of social impacts of climate change and/or migration patterns in Central America;
  • Knowledge of disaster risk reduction and local/community-based adaptation to climate change;
  • Experience in organizing workshops/conferences;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages will be considered an asset.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their application, preferably by e-mail, and must include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • Cover letter in English: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals;
  • Completed UNU-EHS application form (downloadable at:
  • at-unu-ehs under Links & Documents);
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Language certificate (if applicable).

For the information about the application procedure, please visit

Workforce diversity is essential to UNU. Suitably qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds including minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be handled with the strictest confidence.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful applications will not be acknowledged nor returned.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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