United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern Climate Change and Urban Environment Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern

Climate Change and Urban Environment Jobs in Kenya

Posting Title: Intern - Climate Change and Urban Environment, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Intern - Programme Management

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: Nairobi

Posting Period: 07 September 2022 - 21 September 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-189959-J-Nairobi (O)

Staffing Exercise N/A


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 Branch Coordinator, the intern will:


  • Assist in planning and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, in particular supporting the Flagship programme RISE UP: Resilient Settlement for the Urban Poor and its child projects related to the Nature-Based Solutions, Informality, and Climate Resilience Nexus.

  • Support the RISE UP country project related to urban system resilience, including infrastructure, nature assets, and community resilience, Climate Resilient Development, climate, and socio-economic co-benefits, and climate risks and climate vulnerability assessments.

  • Assist in planning and roll-out of the COP27 presidential initiative SURGe – Sustainable Urban Resilience for the next generation.

  • Support the integration of urban responses to the work of the Climate Change and Urban Environment and Programme Development Branch.

    Knowledge Management

  • Research on contemporary topics related to cities, climate change, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable urbanization, with a view to support production of normative publications and the above operations.

  • Review UN-Habitat outputs with a view to extract and capture relevant knowledge and experiences, including in the form of technical materials.

  • Support partnerships with a wide-ranging group of urban climate change stakeholders.

  • Support UN-Habitat’s preparations for the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP27).


  • Support the planning, preparation, and delivery of outreach and public events related to Sub-programme 3, such as speeches and talking points, training events, seminars, and conferences, and assist in communication and social media presence.

  • Support drafting of material and/or stories for external and internal audiences.


  • Support tasks relevant to candidate and the Team, as jointly determined.

    Task Opportunities

  • Familiarize oneself with the United Nations and UN-Habitat.

  • Technical issues involving urban development and climate change.

  • How agencies respond to requests from member states, donors, and partners.

  • Support to HQ, Regional Offices, and country level and sub-regional programmes in areas of UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan.

  • Project/Programme design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation.

  • Budget and Financial Management.

  • 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.



    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

    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 Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent

  • 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:

  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Climate Change, Environmental Science, Political and International Affairs, or a similar relevant field.

    Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme.

    Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

  • Experience in Urban Planning, Climate Change, Environmental Science, Political Science or International Affairs is desirable.

  • Experience working in a multicultural environment is required.

  • Knowledge of how this internship will correspond with your academic interest or contribute to your professional development is desirable.


  • 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 official UN language is desirable.


    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.

    “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises.

    Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship".

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see:( United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern - Climate Change and Urban Environment Jobs in Kenya)

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