Job Opening ID: 226057
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Programme Management
Category and Level : Internship, I-1
Duty Station : NAIROBI
Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Date Posted : Jan 22, 2024
Deadline : Feb 5, 2024
Duties and Responsibilities
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation (www.unhabitat.org). Its New Urban Agenda sets out a shared vision for cities and other human settlements towards an improved urban environment and strengthened climate action responses. To support cities which are at the frontline when natural and man-made crises occur, UN-Habitat has a strong commitment to develop approaches and tools that help them better prevent, prepare and respond. The position is located within the Global Solutions Division, Programme Development Branch, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya.
The Programme Development internship is for 4 months with a possibility of extension for up to 6 months.
The internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days (35 hours) per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
Under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the intern will support the coordination of UN-Habitat’s work on urban crisis prevention and response at Headquarters in the following ways;
– Implementation of the UN-Habitat global programme on urban migration and displacement.
– Development and coordination of UN-Habitat response to crises in urban contexts, including development and backstopping of selected country programmes of UNH.
– Engagement of UN-Habitat in the implementation of the Secretary General’s Action Agenda for Solutions to Internally Displaced People (IDPs).
– Preparation of UN-Habitat’s contribution to flagship events in 2024, including the 12th World Urban Forum (4-8 November 2024).
– Coordination of programme development, reporting and monitoring.
Depending on his/her profile, the intern will support the activities related to the development, implementation and monitoring of programmes/projects, strategies and work tools outreach activities of UN-Habitat, and ad hoc operational support to the related functions of the team in charge of urban crisis prevention and response (Subprogramme 4 in UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025), within the Programme Development Branch, Global Solutions Division.
Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
c. Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
Have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Preferred areas of studies:
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Urban, Humanitarian or Development studies, Social or Political Science, Business Administration, Public Information or any other related studies.
Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.
Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.
Proficiency in computer software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is desirable.
Experience in communication and/or support in event management is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.