UN-Habitat Programme Support Internship - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

UN-Habitat Programme Support Internship - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

Posting Title:
Intern - Programme Support, I - Temporary Job Opening

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.

We support programme implementation of the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing Administrative, conference, Security and information services

The UNON Central Support Services 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 Supervision of Programme Officer the intern will:

Knowledge management, communication, capacity building and programme development

Recommended qualifications:

  • Background in urban studies and experience in capacity building, communications and the use of e-learning platforms would be appreciated.


  • Assist in the communication, knowledge management and daily operations of digital platforms
  • Support in the management of knowledge materials developed through the programme and contribute to the capacity development strategy.
  • Keep track of significant national/regional/international media events involving the programme, maintaining and updating of websites and labeling and classification of visual materials.
  • Support the labeling and classification of visual materials such as thematic fact sheets, quick guides related to slum upgrading.
  • Support in the production of advocacy and outreach material related to slum upgrading as needed,
  • Support in the data collection, literature review, writing and compilation of global case studies for learning.

    Urban regeneration

    Recommended qualifications:

  • Background in urban planning.
  • Experience or knowledge of urban planning in the context of informal settlements, slums and marginalized neighbourhoods would be appreciated.


  • Support in the development of an integrated urban regeneration and planning guide with a methodology for planning in slums and informal neighbourhoods as well as for sustainable urban regeneration fostering creative economies and local economic development.
  • Assist PSUP and other countries with neighbourhood planning and urban regeneration activities during the implementation of the programme at country level.

    Policy Review and development

    Recommended qualifications:

  • Background in geography, international development studies, urban planning.


  • Support the development of policy guides and development of selected thematic policy papers.
  • Review Citywide Slum Upgrading Strategies for priority countries in the ACP
  • Support in the development of regional strategies for slum upgrading.
  • Support in the creation of contents for activities at global and regional events.

    Financing strategies for up scaling slum upgrading and prevention programmes

    Recommended qualifications:

  • Background on pro-poor financing mechanisms, support to SMEs and sustainable business models.


  • Support in the development of a methodology for the drafting of financing strategies for slum upgrading at country level
  • Support in the review of concept notes and feasibility studies and business models for scaling up slum upgrading projects assessing financial feasibility and advising on financing mechanisms to be incorporated,
  • Support in the development of training on financing for slum upgrading and community managed funds,

    Project management support to the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP)

    Recommended qualifications:

  • Background in Project Management, administration or international relations.


  • Support the unit in administrative tasks such as organizing global events, meetings and preparation of meeting minutes, follow up on legal documents and similar issues.
  • Assistance with the development of thematic country level program evaluation reports, lessons learned, best practices of PSUP implementation in countries
  • Support any processes to identify donors and proposal writing with identification of partners, fact finding and conceptual writing.
  • Support in the reporting of the Unit as required.

    Cross cutting skills required for all areas of work:
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement and knowledge of French or any other UN language will be considered as an asset.
  • Interns will be asked to support other ongoing activities of the Unit and branch
    for which capacity to write and analytical skills will be highly valued.



  • 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 Studies:
  • Regional/Urban Planning, Policy Formulation, Urban Economy and Finance, International Development, Slum upgrading, and Communication.

    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 this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 29th March 2019
  • 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.
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN-Habitat Programme Support Internship - Temporary Jobs in Nairobi

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