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Intern – Urban Environment

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

This is a Full-time position in Nairobi posted October 8, 2019.

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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.

In order to strengthen UN-Habitat’s urban environmental portfolio, UN-Habitat
reinforced its commitment to environmental action in its new Strategic Plan
2020-2023. Domain of Change 3 now focuses on “Strengthened climate action and
improved urban environment”, with 3 sub-priorities: 1 Reduced greenhouse
emissions and improved air quality; 2 Improved resource efficiency and
protection of ecological assets; 3 Effective adaptation of communities and
infrastructure to climate change. This internship position focuses
particularly on sub-priority 2 on the protection of ecological assets.

The UN-Habitat Urban Environment Intern internship is for 6 months.

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 a staff member from the Urban Planning and Design
branch the intern will support the program of the urban environmental
portfolio in the following manner:
– Engage in desk research on cutting edge new topics in the urban
environmental field, including – but not limited to – urban forestry;
ecosystems restoration in cities; coastal urban resilience; resilience action
planning; blue economy strategies for cities; urban rivers and wetlands;
settlements vulnerability; resource efficiency; urban biodiversity protection
and conservation; green and blue networks in cities; and more.
– Help prepare background documents and communications pieces for events,
especially in the context of the 10th World Urban Forum.
– Support the strengthening of ongoing collaborations with UN-Habitat partners
on green and blue economy and the urban environment with UNEP, GGGI, WIOMSA,
Nairobi Convention, Tehran Convention, WWF, etc.
– Assist the team in the development of publications, project documents,
concept notes and more.
– Support the team in the write-up of funding proposals on urban environmental
– Support joint meetings and engagements between UN-Habitat and UN
– Assist the team in the day-to-day project implementation.


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


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following
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:
Be currently enrolled in a graduate Masters or post-graduate PhD
programme. The preferred subject areas are Sustainable Urban development,
Urban Planning, Geography, Environmental Management, Water Management,
Resource Management, Political Science, Economics, other social sciences or
other relevant areas.


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 at least one other official UN language is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further

Special Notice

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

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