UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Intern Civil Affairs Jobs in Kenya

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Intern Civil Affairs Jobs in Kenya

Posting Title: Intern - Civil Affairs - Humanitarian Affairs (Humanitarian Access, Civil-Military Coordination and International Humanitarian Law)-Internship, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Intern - Civil Affairs

Department/Office: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Duty Station: Nairobi

Posting Period: 13 September 2022 - 27 September 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Civil Affairs-OCHA-190685-J-Nairobi (X)

Staffing Exercise: N/A

The intern will be assigned to the OCHA Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (OCHA ROSEA).

The internship will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and it will be offered for a minimum period of two (2) months, with an estimated starting date as early as October 2022.


The intern's daily responsibilities will consist of supporting the work of the Emergency, Preparedness and Response (EPR) unit at OCHA ROSEA, specifically regarding Humanitarian Access and Civil-Military Coordination (CMCoord), including with respect to matters related to International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

In consultation with the supervisor, the intern's duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the team on matters related to the application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), including as it pertains to engagement with armed actors (State and non-state armed groups (NSAGs))

  • Contributing to the drafting of messages that support the work of the team to open and sustain humanitarian access

  • Assisting in the design of training material to facilitate Humanitarian Access and CMCoord work

  • Researching, analyzing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources on assigned topics/issues, including related to Access/CMCoord and IHL; assisting with the preparation of various written documents

  • Assisting with the maintenance of reference/resource information on specific topics or policy-related issues, including Access/CMCoord and IHL

  • Performing other tasks as required and requested by the Head of Unit.



    Knowledge/study of humanitarian assistance, emergency relief and related humanitarian issues, preferably on IHL, humanitarian access and CMCoord; analytical capacity and in particular the ability to analyses and articulate legal advice and messages that informs humanitarian work


    Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately


    Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor's (final year), post-graduate, Master's or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, preferably in political science, social science, international
    studies, law (especially international law), public administration, economics, earth science or a related field is a requirement.

    Applicants that have successfully completed an academic programme in a discipline mentioned above must commence the internship within period of one-year i.e. twelve months from date of graduation.

    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.

  • Any academic and/ or practical experience in humanitarian affairs issues including humanitarian access, CMCoord, IHL, emergency preparedness, crisis/ emergency relief management, rehabilitation, and/ or development is desirable.

  • Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter and; have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

    For this internship, fluency in English (both written and verbal skills) is required.

  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is desirable.

    A completed on-line application is required; the cover note must mention the title of the degree which you are currently pursuing and the scheduled date of graduation (month and year).

    Indicate all standard office software packages in which you are proficient, including information technology applications and/ or programs.

    Please specify the names of the Branches and/ or Sections whose work most interests you and clearly indicate preferences which best match your suitability in order of interest as well as your general interest in the United Nations.

    Please do not forget to designate three references.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: ( UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Intern Civil Affairs Jobs in Kenya)

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