United Nations Fresh Graduates Internships in Kenya,April 2018

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United Nations Fresh Graduates Internships in Kenya,April 2018

Posting Title: INTERN – Regional and Metropolitan Planning, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 05 April 2018 – 19 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-95669-J-Nairobi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

The intern will work under the direct supervision of the Leader of the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit (RMPU) and assist with activities that contribute to the agenda of the Urban Planning and Design Branch (UPDB) as well as other Units within UN-Habitat. RMPU is one of three Units in the Urban Planning and Design Branch: (1) Regional and Metropolitan Planning, (2) City Planning, Extension and Design, and (3) Climate Change Planning.

The UN- HABITAT Regional and Metropolitan Planning internship is for 3 months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours) 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 Officer, the intern will:
– Review introductory materials of the RMPU portfolio and research on contemporary topics related to Regional and Metropolitan Planning in the context of sustainable urbanization and the
implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals;
– Assist in developing tools, frameworks and guidelines, policy documents, and/or concept notes to build the RMPU portfolio on Regional and Metropolitan Planning;
– Assist in identifying research gaps and undertake activities, with the collaboration of research institutions, to fill any identified gaps in order to augment the Unit’s portfolio;
– Assist in developing and implementing the RMPU work plan monitoring system, monitoring key indicators and following-up with partners on their reporting and feedback, including with country and
regional offices;
– Assist in planning, preparing and implementing RMPU related events (meetings, workshops, conferences, Expert Group Meetings, etc.) and support the implementation of specific recommendations arising from these events;
– Assist in the design of training programs and materials related to the RMPU work plan, including through the identification of training needs and demands from key national and local stakeholders;
– Assist with outreach activities and the production of awareness materials that will support the rolling out of the RMPU work plan;
– Other tasks relevant to the candidate and RMPU, as jointly determined with the RMPU team.


Core Competencies:
-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

-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 a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated 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 include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Preferred area of study: Currently pursuing or have recently attained an advanced university degree in Public Policy, Urban Policy, Governance, Urban Planning at the regional and metropolitan scale, Metropolitan Planning, or other related fields. Knowledge of design software such as the Adobe creative suite is an advantage.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
– List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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