United Nations Assistant INTERN -Communication, Advocacy and Outreach Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations Assistant INTERN -Communication, Advocacy and Outreach Jobs in Nairobi - 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.

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.

UN-Habitat supports New Urban Agenda partners and governments at all levels in formulating and implementing progressive housing sector reforms, policies, programmes and legislation which contribute to the creation of inclusive and sustainable cities, and comply with international law relating to the right to adequate housing.

It provides expertise to support sound analysis of the housing sector and, in particular, the review of key legislation and elements affecting affordable housing provisions.

UN-Habitat assists governments to formulate and implement policies and strategies designed to maximize the impact of housing in national socio-economic development and employment generation, as well as in urban development.

It helps with in-depth local diagnosis of the state of the housing sector and provides technical support to the formulation of national housing policies and subsequent implementation strategies.

UN-Habitat also provides tailor-made capacity development for all housing sector stakeholders.

The UN-Habitat Communication, Advocacy and Outreach 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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:

  • Contribute to the preparation of specific content materials (stories, articles, research, brochures, etc.) designed for the public, external partners.
  • Contribute to the draft of an annual flagship publication on the global state of housing, including own research, journalist-oriented drafting, researching, interviewing, etc.
  • Support the preparation and adaptation of informative and promotional materials for both the programme team and online social media platforms, including publications, presentations, catalogs,
    folders, brochures, videos, and handbooks.
  • Provide general support to the team in work planning and coordination of the Housing Unit portfolios, including research and normative papers and reports on best-practice tools and principles
    related to affordable housing; publications and technical notes on sustainable affordable housing.
  • Assist in the development of UN-Habitat housing policy documents, guidelines, information materials and presentations through identification and review of relevant publications and documents,
    drafting and commenting on documents.
  • Contribute to the review national housing policies, national housing sector profiles, partners' and UN-Habitat project proposals and publication drafts as requested.
  • Assist the Housing Unit Leader in the Housing Unit portfolio, following up on schedules and work progress, supporting in the elaboration concept notes, correspondence and coordination with
    project partners.

    Competencies

    Core Competencies:

    Communication:

  • 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

    Teamwork:

  • 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

    Education

    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 of Studies:

  • Journalism, Communication, Design, Media production, Editorial production.
  • Graphic design skills is an added advantage.

    Work Experience

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

    Languages

  • 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

    Assessment

  • 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
  • Expected Graduation Date
  • IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
  • Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific 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.

    How to Apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • 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. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) apply by 28th December, 2018

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Assistant INTERN -Communication, Advocacy and Outreach Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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