UN-Habitat Intern - Cities and Climate Change - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

UN-Habitat Intern - Cities and Climate Change - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

Posting Title:

  • Intern - Cities and Climate Change, I (Temporary Job Opening)

    Job Code Title:

  • Intern - Program Management


  • United Nations Human Settlements Program

    Duty Station:

  • Nairobi

    Posting Period:

  • 24 October 2018 - 07 November 2018

    Job Opening Number:

  • 18-Program Management-UN-HABITAT-105658-J-Nairobi (O)

    Staffing Exercise;N/A

    Org. Setting and Reporting

    The United Nations Human Settlements Program, 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.The UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change 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 direct supervision of the Leader of the Climate Change Planning Unit, the intern will;
  • Review introductory materials on the Climate Change Planning Unit (CCPU).
  • Assist in preparation of the CCPU planning and monitoring processes.
  • Assist in planning, preparing and implementing CCPU related events per individual professional interest and need determined by supervisor.
  • Assist in planning and implementing CCPU related adaptation, mitigation and normative projects per individual professional background and special interest.
  • Prepare articles, per professional interest, for the CCCI quarterly newsletter and other relevant publications by the Unit. Review CCPU experience to date and help share this knowledge in peer reviewed academic journals, online media or other publications.
  • Research on contemporary topics related to Cities and Climate Change and sustainable urbanization.
  • Perform other tasks relevant to candidate and CCPU, as jointly determined by CCPU tea.

    Task Opportunities:

  • Familiarize oneself with the United Nations and UN-Habitat
  • Technical issues involving the urban development and climate change
  • How agencies respond to requests from member states, donors and partners
  • Additionally, your supervisor will be willing to introduce you to other colleagues at UN-Habitat in whose work you may be interested, for informal ‘informational interviews’ and networking purposes
  • Training Opportunities in an official UN language (at cost).


    Core Competencies:


  • 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


  • 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 program (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 Area of Studies:
    Urban or Land-use Planning, Climate Change Science or related topic.
  • In cover letter, candidate should indicate how an internship with the Climate Change
  • Planning Unit corresponds to their academic interests or will contribute to their professional development.

    Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the program.


  • 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 Spanish and French is desirable.


  • Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

    How to Apply

  • Your application for this internship must include:
  • A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past
    work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN-Habitat Intern - Cities and Climate Change - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi Kenya
  • Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
  • A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Due to a high volume of applications received, Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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