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VMAM Code FJIR000089-6331

Climate Change and Environment Associate

International Youth
Suva (FJI)
22 June 2020
12 months
08 March 2020

Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Under the supervision of the OHCHR Deputy Regional Representative for the Pacific and with the support of the OHCHR regional focal point on human rights and climate change, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the Regional Office in the design of engagement strategies with regional stakeholders for the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, including economic, social and cultural rights and environmental rights and the implementation of a human rights-based approach and gender mainstreaming perspective in the overall strategic planning in these areas.
  • Help strengthen the capacity of National Human Rights Institutions, strengthen other partnerships for the integration of human rights in climate change and environmental actions, including efforts to implement multilateral agreements.
  • Enhance support and advocacy for access of civil society to climate change fora decision-making processes, information, justice and effective remedies.
  • Provide support to international human rights mechanisms in their engagement on climate change.
  • Enhance the ability of the UN system, including the UN Country Team and relevant human rights mechanisms, to respond to the protection needs of human rights defenders.
  • Conduct research and advocacy to address human rights harms caused by the impact of climate change, particularly in relation to groups in vulnerable situations.
  • Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor degree or equivalent

Law, international relations, political science, development, human rights or related subject

  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to two years) in climate change, environment and/or human rights;
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded; and
  • Experience in working as a part of a multicultural team would be highly desirable.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Other development programme/project experience

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.


Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement and Decision-making, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams


This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea, therefore only Korean nationals are eligible. Candidates who have served as UN Youth Volunteer funded by Korea before are not eligible to apply. Former UN University Volunteers are eligible.

Candidates must be between 22 and 29 years of age throughout the duration of their service, i.e. born between 1 July 1991 and 1 July 1998.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Assignment Preparation Training in Bonn, Germany from 15 – 18 June 2020.

Selection process

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 30 March and 24 April. Usually these interviews are competency-based.

How to apply

Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’.

You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile.

Application deadline: 8 March 2020