Resident Coordinator System Intern - Peace and Development Jobs in Kenya

Resident Coordinator System Intern - Peace and Development Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa, and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya.

UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference, and information services (

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Coordinator (RC) and direct supervision of the Peace and Development Advisor (PDA), the Intern will work in close collaboration with the National Peace and Development Officer to support research, analysis, and conflict prevention functions, including the review of the peacebuilding architecture and support to mediation.

He/she will learn the coordination arrangements between the UN, Government Ministries and agencies, and civil society, and support collaborative research activities in Nairobi and select counties. He/ She will support report writing, including research and analytical pieces.

He/ She will work with the Peace and Development Team to deepen areas' analysis of global and regional trends and emerging risks, including climate security. He/ She will support multi-dimensional and integrated analysis to deepen understanding of peace and development issues in Kenya and the region.

The RCO is looking for a self-driven international Intern to join the Peace and Development team. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to learn how the UN system works, ongoing UN Reform, the various UN agencies and their respective mandates, Joint Programmes, and UN programming processes and Policies.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office (UNRCO) Nairobi, Kenya, Peace and Development Unit internship is for Four (4) months.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel, and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

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 intern's assigned office, and the internship period.

Under the supervision of the National Peace and Development Officer, the intern will:

  • Provide timely and effective research and analysis of issues related to peace and development in Kenya.

  • Support literature review of policies, laws, regulations, and strategies on peacebuilding and prevention in Kenya.

  • Prepare background papers on thematic issues in Prevention and Sustaining Peace.

  • Prepare briefing papers on the situation in the Horn of Africa and the implications for Kenya.

  • Participate in research and mediation activities by the Peace and Development Unit and support the preparation of reports.

  • Support preparation of presentations, including visualization of data.

    Support Monitoring of the PDU Workplan and Results Reporting

  • Support the strengthening of partnerships with stakeholders and assist the PDU Team to maintain an updated database of key contacts within the Government, development partners, and Civil society.

  • Support planning and organizing of webinars
    or face-to-face workshops and roundtables in close collaboration with the PDU Team and support other partnerships-related activities as needed.

    Promote Analysis and Information-Sharing.

  • Support the organization of mediation training.

  • Contribute to the drafting of reviews, lessons learned, and best practice reports.

  • Support documentation of the work of the Peace and Development Unit in close collaboration with the RCO Communications Specialist.


  • 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.

  • 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.


    Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

  • Have graduated with Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).

  • 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 includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

    Preferred Areas of Studies:

  • In International Relations, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Management Studies, Public Administration, or a related field.

    Work Experience

  • 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 Supporting literature review of policies, laws, regulations, and strategies on peacebuilding and prevention is required.

  • Experience in preparing background papers on thematic issues in Prevention and Sustaining Peace is desirable.

  • Experience in planning and organizing webinars or face-to-face workshops and roundtables is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required, and knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Resident Coordinator System Intern - Peace and Development Jobs in Kenya

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