UN-HABITAT Intern - Capacity building and Tools Development Jobs in Kenya

UN-HABITAT Intern - Capacity building and Tools Development Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. Based in Nairobi (Kenya), 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 is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlement development and the UN leading the collaboration with local and regional governments and their networks. During the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015, 193 Member States, convened at the Global Summit on Sustainable Development to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are universal and relevant to all Member States, from both the global north and global south. As demonstrated in the past years of implementation, it is widely acknowledged that the local level and local action are critical for the overall success of the 2030 Agenda – the SDGs need to be localized.

In this context, UN-Habitat has developed a comprehensive approach to support and empower local and regional governments to localize the SDGs, including: (i) Global Urban Monitoring Framework; (2) Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs); (3) SDG Cities Initiative; (4) Multilevel Governance for the SDGs; (5) Local 2030 Coalition.

SDG Localization is considered one of UN-Habitat’s strategic priorities. In this sense, the SDG Localization and Local Governments Team, under the Urban Practices Branch, is mandated to coordinate the support towards local and regional governments and SDG localization within the Agency.

To successfully deliver on the above-mentioned approach globally, the SDG Localization and Local Governments Team works through four workstreams: (1) Technical assistance; (2) Learning and Capacity Building; (3) Political Engagement with Local and Regional Governments; (4) Advocacy and Communication. UN-Habitat’s global portfolio on SDG localization is coordinated in HQ, but the delivery of the work is implemented in close cooperation with Regional and Country Offices, following the structure of the Agency.

Collaboration with other units and teams within UN-Habitat is ensured to build on existing knowledge, practices, and experience. Relations with external partners are also paramount for an inclusive and effective implementation of programmes, projects and initiatives, including other UN entities, international organizations, local government associations, academia and civil society.


Under the supervision of the Human Settlements Officer on SDG localization and local governments, the intern will contribute to the SDG Localisation team in the following ways. Capacity Building and Tools Development The intern will:

  • Assist in the development of capacity-building offline and e-learning trainings.

  • Assist in the development of toolkits targeting local governments to develop Voluntary Local Reviews and SDG Cities.

  • Support the coordination and delivery of project outputs linked to SDG localization.

  • Support the design and update of tools and resources for SDG Localization capacity building and trainings.

  • Contribute to the organization and facilitation of training sessions, workshops, and webinars.

  • Collaborate with team members
    to identify areas for improvement and innovation in capacity building and the toolkit.

  • Assist in communication and outreach activities to promote capacity building initiatives.

  • Stay updated on relevant trends, developments, and resources in capacity building and tool development fields. Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

  • Understanding of capacity building and tools development is preferred;

  • Understanding of principles of tool development, capacity building course development, operations management, and stakeholder engagement;

  • Experience of project management is preferred.

    Qualifications/special skills

    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 Suite).

  • Have demonstrated a 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 study: relevant coursework in Urban planning, Architecture, Social Science, Sustainable Development, Data Analytics and Management, or related fields.

  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required. Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.

  • Applicants must have good knowledge of standard software applications, including MS Excel, MS Outlook, and SharePoint. Please explain how you meet this criterion using examples.

  • Required. Understanding of principles of project management, tool development, capacity building course development, operations management, and/or stakeholder engagement is desired; Please explain how you could meet these desired criterion using examples


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

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN-HABITAT Intern - Capacity building and Tools Development Jobs in Kenya

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