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Internship Opportunity - Timber Trade Research Intern (ITN059)

Species | Fixed term, full-time,

£7.83 per hour

Closing date: 2019-03-03

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

The Species Programme aims to contribute to global efforts to conserve biodiversity by providing focused support to Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) and national governments. The support provided addresses the overexploitation of biodiversity, particularly in the context of international trade in species of international conservation concern.

The purpose of the internship would be to assist with our work on supporting the European Union’s efforts to address illegal timber trade and associated illegal logging. In particular, the intern’s tasks will support our efforts to assess the implementation of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). This work will help to inform policy action by the European Commission and EU Member States, to facilitate and standardise the implementation of these Regulations across the EU.

The successful candidate will support our work through a variety of tasks including desk-based research into timber trade. Research will focus on trade chains, national legislation and ways of assessing risk of illegality in timber trade. This work will require the collation and synthesis of relevant scientific and policy information/data.

Through this placement, the intern will gain insights into European policy and regulations governing timber trade and broader topics relating to illegality of timber supply, while also gaining valuable research and writing skills in a professional environment.

If you are interested in this placement, please submit a CV and covering letter through the link below by 3rd March 2019. Please note an application form is not required with this placement.

Please note this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre strives for a sustainable world for biodiversity and people. The Centre works towards this vision by providing strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project support to increase capacity and inspire decision makers to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services for people and the planet. The Centre has close relationships with the UN system and other partners in the public and private sector, which combines with the Centre’s extensive understanding of science and policy to produce knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services that makes a world of difference.