Bradnee Chambers

Acting Executive Secretary 
(CMS Executive Secretary; 
time dedicated to ASCOBANS: 3%)
Melanie Virtue

ASCOBANS Senior Advisor 
(Head, CMS Aquatic Species Team; 
time dedicated to ASCOBANS: 15%)
Heidrun Frisch

ASCOBANS Coordinator 
(CMS Marine Mammals Officer; 
time dedicated to ASCOBANS: 75%)
Bettina Reinartz

Administrative Assistant 
(50% part-time position)



UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn


Tel.: +49 228 815 2416



Any vacancies for staff or consultants at the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat are advertised at the UN Careers Portal. Please note that recruitment is only possible through this portal.


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Internship at the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat

An internship at the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat provides a good opportunity to gain experience in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, as well as in the day-to-day functioning of an Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) Secretariat.

The UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat offers interships to qualified university graduates or students, enrolled in a tertiary course of study, interested in gaining experience in the areas of:

  • Biology
  • Environmental and political sciences
  • Law
  • International studies
  • Any other area related to the work of the Secretariat

Internship - Areas of Work

Interns are supervised by the ASCOBANS Coordinator/CMS Marine Mammals Officer, supporting her with particular tasks. Some examples are:

  • Assistance with preparations and servicing ASCOBANS meetings or workshops
  • Research in preparation for reports, documents or publications
  • Assistance with outreach and education, incl. the annual International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise (IDBHP)
  • Dealing with website content
  • Other support to the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat

Internship – Facts

Depending on places available, the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat offers internships for a period of 3 – 6 months, beginning at any time. The Secretariat is located at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

Internships are not remunerated – all expenses must be covered by the intern or a sponsoring Government or institution. Written confirmation of enrolment in an appropriate health insurance scheme and in an university must be provided in advance.

Internship – Requirements and Application Procedure

Students should:

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’ s level or equivalent), or be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent  or higher), or have graduated with an university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation
  • The working language of the Secretariat is English; full ability to work in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of further languages spoken in the Agreement Area is an asset
  • Interns should have standard computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Interns need to agree with the scope of tasks before the start of the internship

Internships at the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat are advertised at the UN Careers Portal. Interested candidates can also find further information about internships at the UNEP website

For further information contact the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat at