UNFCCC is Hiring for 18 positions – including 7 internships

UNFCCC is Hiring for 18 positions – including 7 internships


The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.  UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (198 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

When was the secretariat created?

The secretariat was established in 1992 when countries adopted the UNFCCC. The original secretariat was in Geneva. Since 1996, the secretariat has been located in Bonn, Germany.

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Who works at the secretariat?

Around 450 staff are employed at UN Climate Change. Secretariat staff come from over 100 countries and represent a blend of diverse cultures, gender and professional backgrounds.

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At the head of the secretariat is the Executive Secretary, a position held by Mr. Simon Stiell of Grenada since August 2022

What does the secretariat do?

Focusing in its early years largely on facilitating the intergovernmental climate change negotiations, the secretariat today supports a complex architecture of bodies that serve to advance the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

The secretariat provides technical expertise and assists in the analysis and review of climate change information reported by Parties and in the implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms. It also maintains the registry for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) established under the Paris Agreement, a key aspect of implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The secretariat organizes and supports between two and four negotiating sessions each year. The largest and most important is the Conference of the Parties, held annually and hosted in different locations around the globe. It is the largest annual United Nations conference, attended on average by around 25,000 participants. In addition to these major conferences, the secretariat organizes annual sessions of the so-called subsidiary bodies as well as a large number of meetings and workshops throughout the year.

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In recent years, the secretariat also supports the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, agreed by governments to signal that successful climate action requires strong support from a wide range of actors, including regions, cities, business, investors and all parts of civil society. At UN Climate Change Conferences, a large number of events demonstrate how non-Party stakeholders are working with governments and the UN system to implement the Paris Agreement. In addition, the secretariat co-organizes regional Climate Weeks. The important events aim to drive forward Paris Agreement implementation at the regional level and to build new climate action partnerships.

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Throughout the year, the secretariat strives to keep all stakeholders informed of on the negotiating process and climate action through a variety of communication products, including the website and social media. Around one million people visit the UN Climate Change website every year, and the secretariat’s social media accounts, including on TwitterFacebook,  Instagram, and LinkedIn have a combined following of around 1.8 million people.

UNFCCC is Hiring for 18 positions – including 7 internships

Fixed-term employment

Job TitleLevel  ProgrammeApplication periodAnnouncement NO
Professional and higher categories
Chief »P-5Human Resources Management, P-5, Human Resources Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division21 Jul – 18 AugVA 23/069/AS/HR/ICT
Chief Accountant »P-4Administrative Services Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division21 Jul – 04 AugVA 23/077/AS/HR/ICT
Associate Finance Officer »P-2Administrative Services Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division21 Jul – 04 AugVA 23/078/AS/HR/ICT
Associate General Services Officer »P-2Administrative Services Subdivision, AS/HR/ICT Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/063/AS/HR/ICT
Programme Officer »P-3Markets and Non-Markets Support and Stakeholders Interaction Subdivision, Mitigation Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/072/M
Programme Officer »P-3Markets and Non-Markets Support and Stakeholders Interaction Subdivision, Mitigation Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/073/M
Programme Officer »P-3Regulatory Framework Implementation Subdivision, Mitigation Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/074/M
Programme Officer »P-4Regulatory Framework Implementation Subdivision, Mitigation Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/075/M
Team Lead »P-4Constituted Bodies and Data Services Subdivision, Mitigation Division14 Jul – 28 JulVA 23/076/M
Manager »P-5Communications Subdivision, Communications and Engagement Division23 Jun – 28 AugVA 23/066/C&E
Director »D-1Means of Implementation Division23 Jun – 28 AugVA 23/067/MoI

UNFCCC is Hiring for 18 positions – including 7 internships


Job TitleLevel Programme Application periodAnnouncement NO
Intern »N/ALTLEDS (long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies), Mitigation division20 Jul – 06 Aug23/Intern42/Mitigation/LTLEDS
Intern »N/AVulnerability subdivision, Adaptation division20 Jul – 07 Aug23/Intern43/Adaptation-Vulnerability
Intern »N/AParis Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) Capacity-building Hub, Means of Implementation division19 Jul – 06 Aug23/Intern41/MOI-PCCB Capacity-building Hub
Intern »N/AReview Communications, Adaptation division13 Jul – 20 Aug23/Intern40/A/Review Communications
Intern »N/ALegal Affairs division11 Jul – 13 Aug23/Intern39/LA
Intern »N/ADigital unit, Social Media, Communications and Engagement division05 Jul – 06 Aug23/Intern37/CE-Digital unit – Social Media
Intern »N/AMedia and Digital Communications, Communications and Engagement division05 Jul – 06 Aug23/Intern38/CE-Media and Digital Communications

Status of selection process

How to apply

1. Register

When applying for UNFCCC vacancy announcements please only use the on-line application system. Simply click on the “apply now” button next to the vacancy announcement. To start the application process, you will first be asked to register as a user with the UNFCCC Online Application System.

2. Application process

Once you are registered as a user, you can apply for an existing vacancy by completing your Personal History Form (P.11) in our on-line application system.

You can also complete the form now and store your profile for one vacancy or more in the future. The profile you create can be accessed and up-dated regularly.

Please do not try to attach any additional documents. If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the statements you make in your on-line application form.

3. Acknowledgement

Online applications will be immediately acknowledged to the email address that you have used. If you do not receive an e-acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application/s may not have been received. In such cases, please contact [email protected].

When you receive an automatic notification, there is no need to submit another application on-line or by other means.

Need Help?
Should you have any technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].




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