UN-Habitat Intern - Housing Rights, Culture and Diversity - Jobs in Kenya

UN-Habitat Intern - Housing Rights, Culture and Diversity - Jobs in Kenya

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, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate and affordable housing for all.

It works with organisations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector, to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the supervision of the Leader of the Housing Unit, the intern will perform the following tasks:

  • Support the project manager for the Mediterranean City to City Migration Project (MC2CM), which aims at increasing migrants in a vulnerable situation’ access to housing, the prevention of homelessness and unlawful forced evictions.
  • Enhance communication within the MC2CM network and towards the public at large by participating in partner meetings, city network meetings, organizing international conferences, and sharing knowledge amongst the partner network via IT-based information-gathering and exchange tools (including expert network; data and document repository).
  • Support the drafting of City Migration Profiles for participating cities of the MC2CM project; which include cities such as Rabat, Casablanca, Sousse, Sfax, cities in Italy, France, Greece, Jordan and Lebanon, etc.
  • Assist the focal point for Housing Rights in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) under the auspices of the joint UN Housing Rights Programme as well as UN-Habitat strengthened engagement with UN human rights monitoring mechanisms including the Universal Periodic Review.
  • Assist the focal point to provide technical assistance, legislative review and advocacy work on forced evictions and the prevention of homelessness.
  • Assist in research, compiling and support to preparation of relevant background and briefing material for policy discussions on specific topics of relevance to housing rights, migration and housing, heritage, social inclusion, and urban development.
  • Assist in planning and preparing training events and training materials on housing rights for governments and NGOs.
  • Assist in partnership building efforts with other UN Agencies, bi-lateral and multilateral organizations, and civil society institutions involved in housing rights and community development.
  • As appropriate, contribute to broader Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch and inter-branch initiatives.


    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:
  • Architecture, Urban Planning, Geography, Law, Political Science, Economics, Real Estate, Public Policy, International Development with an urban focus or other social sciences or related areas preferred.

    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 the position advertised, fluency in English language is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 3rd July 2019
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
  • Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.
  • No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN-Habitat Intern - Housing Rights, Culture and Diversity - Jobs in Kenya

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