UN-Habitat Internships - Urban Planning and Research - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

UN-Habitat Internships - Urban Planning and Research - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

Posting Title:
  • Intern - Urban Planning and Research - Temporary Job Opening

    Organisation 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.

    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 supervision of the Head of the Research and Capacity Development Branch, the intern will:

  • Undertake research as required regarding urban prosperity in several cities around the world: i) Mechanisms affecting urban prosperity; ii) Levels of environmental sustainability, productivity, equity and urban infrastructure and its relation to sustainable urban development.
  • Provide Technical support in data collection and analysis for CPI projects.
  • Assist in the elaboration of policy papers and technical inputs.
  • Organize data and information gathered from the internet and exchanged between partners through the discussion groups on various media in a systematic way to facilitate retrieval and access by various users.
  • Participate in the daily operations of the Branch by supporting the staff in the performance of their tasks and responsibilities, including taking part in meetings, project reviews, etc.;
  • As required, participate in meetings of the Branch as required to share findings, brainstorm on issues and contribute to the development of the prosperous cities initiative and the monitoring of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.



  • 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 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 Area(s) of Study:
  • Architecture, Urban Planning, Economy, International Relations, Political Sciences or a related field.

  • Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to urban development, research and urban data management
  • Strong analysis skills of urban data, urban systems, underlying social, legal and financial mechanisms
  • Ability to develop strong substantive inputs for reports
  • Ability to observe deadlines and achieve set goals, and to work and deliver under pressure
  • Good knowledge of excel, word, power point and Adobe InDesign is desirable

    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 UN Secretariat; for this position fluency in English is mandatory.

    Excellent command of Spanish or Russian would be an asset.


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

    Special Notice

    Your application for this internship must include:

  • A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    The Cover Note must include:

  • Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
  • Graduation Date
  • IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

    Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

  • Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
  • A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Due to a high volume of applications received, only successful candidates will be contacted.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 26th March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN-Habitat Internships - Urban Planning and Research - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

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