Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. The position is in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)-Fukuoka was established in August 1997. The office serves the Asia and the Pacific region in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. Through its strengthened presence in the region. UN-Habitat benefits from the closeness to governments and other partners in the region. The location of the office in the region has improved the effectiveness of UN-Habitat and reduced the costs of being operational in the region. ROAP addresses settlement issues in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region and promotes community-based urban development.
Technical cooperation projects coordinated by the UN-Habitat ROAP are geographically spread from Iran in the west to the Pacific Islands in the east and span the entire spectrum of urbanization and shelter development issues. Tasks currently being addressed range from post-conflict rehabilitation in Afghanistan and the Philippines, post-disaster rehabilitation in Cambodia and Lao PDR, Healthy Ocean and Clean City Initiative in the Philippines, Cities and Climate Change Initiative in 19 countries 53 cities, technology transfer of “Fukuoka Method” in collaboration with Fukuoka City and Fukuoka University, and knowledge sharing of Japanese environment technology through expert group meetings.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) Internship is for 6 (six) months.
The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
Interns work five days 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 interns’ assigned office as well as the internship period.
Under the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) the intern will:
– Assist in the preparation of concept and position papers, and background documents. project documents and publications;
– Support information and knowledge management for inter-agency collaboration and collaboration between country teams, both in relation to development and humanitarian issues;
– Support tracking funding calls for expression of interest and support resource mobilization;
– Assist in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of various meetings and workshops;
– Assist in corporate or project-level monitoring, reporting, or evaluation;
– Assist with communication and drafting of web stories and with the management of information and website content.
– Assist in the administration, budgeting and other management aspects of new and ongoing projects;
– Assist in operational office activities, related to HR management, procurement, financial administration, legal and contract administration, and related.
– Undertake other assignments as required for the development and implementation of the work programme of ROAP.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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:
Architecture / Urban Design, Studies in Urban Development / Planning / Geography / Geospatial Urban Information Sciences, Migration and Displacement, Humanitarian Management and Protection, Urban Environment / Ecology, Climate Change, Resilience, Civil / Water and Waste Engineering, Urban Economics / Finance, Land Administration, Development Studies, Public Policy and Governance, Technology Governance and Innovation, Project Cycle Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Communications / Journalism / Publication Management, Administration / Finance / Procurement / HR Management or related area of study.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
Experience in urban planning; housing and slum upgrading; climate change; disaster risk reduction; provision of urban basic services; urban governance or related area is required.
Experience in information and knowledge management for inter-agency collaboration and collaboration between country teams, both in relation to development and humanitarian issues is desirable.
Experience in the administration, budgeting and other management aspects of new and ongoing projects is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.
Your application for this internship must include:
1. A completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
– Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
– Graduation Date
– IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
– Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).
2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.