UN Intern - Sustainable Urban Development Researcher Jobs in Ethiopia

UN Intern - Sustainable Urban Development Researcher Jobs in Ethiopia

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.

UN-Habitat has recently strengthened its collaboration with Ethiopia to implement UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Document (HCPD) for Ethiopia (2016-2020) which is structured in four pillars:

  • Urban and Regional Planning;
  • Urban Resilience;
  • Housing and Urban Basic Services; and
  • Urban Monitoring and Research. As part of the HCPD, UN-Habitat has started the implementation of three new projects in 2018, namely:
  • Support to the sustainable development of the Hawassa city cluster, where an industrial park has been built;
  • Support to the UN-Habitat Country Programme, with focus on regional planning, urban resilience, local capacity building and urban partners’ coordination in Ethiopia; and
  • Improved solid waste management in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.

    The UN-Habitat Sustainable Urban Development Researcher internship is for 4 to 5 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 direct supervision of a Programme Manager stationed in Addis Ababa, the Sustainable Urban Development Researcher intern will:
  • Familiarize him/herself with the project activities and its partners.
  • Familiarize him/herself with UN-Habitat’s mandate and the Habitat Country Programme Document, by reviewing various publications and relevant documents.
  • Support the Programme Manager in the activities related to the country’s HCPD.
  • Assist in the development of UN-HABITAT urban planning policy documents, guidelines, information materials and presentations through identification and review of relevant publications and documents, drafting and commenting on documents, and assisting in producing information materials.
  • Perform any other tasks requested by the Programme Manager.

  • 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:
  • 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 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 Areas of studies:
    Urban or Town Planning, Architecture, Social Science, Economics, Geography or International Development.
  • Additionally,when submitting for this position, an urban/territorial researching portfolio should also be attached (if applicable).

    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 Amharic is highly desirable.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 19 July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Intern - Sustainable Urban Development Researcher Jobs in Ethiopia

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