United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern - Programme Development - Urban Crisis Prevention and Response Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern - Programme Development - Urban Crisis Prevention and Response 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 (www.unhabitat.org).

The objective of this internship is to assist the team in charge of the coordination of UN-Habitat’s work on urban crisis prevention and response at Headquarters, which currently focuses on:

  • The implementation of UN-Habitat global programme on urban migration and displacement;

  • The development and coordination of UN-Habitat response to crises in urban contexts, including development and backstopping of selected country programmes of UNH, including in Ukraine, Pakistan and others;

  • The engagement of UN-Habitat in the implementation of the Secretary General’s Action Agenda for IDPs;

  • The participation to flagship events in 2023, including UN-Habitat Assembly (July 2023) and the Global Refugee Forum (December 2023);

  • The coordination of programme development, reporting and monitoring.

    The intern will support the activities related to the development, implementation, and monitoring of programmes/projects, strategies and work programmes, projects, tools, outreach activities of UN-Habitat, and ad hoc operational support to the related functions of the team in charge of urban crisis prevention and response (Subprogramme 4 in UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023), within the Programme Development Branch, Global Solutions Division.

    The intern will be under the supervision of the UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Programme Development Branch, Global Solutions Division, Subprogramme 4 Coordinator.

    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Programme Development Branch, Global Solutions Division internship is for four (4) months, with a possibility for an extension depending on the needs of the organization.

    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.

    The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern.

    The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

    Interns work five days per week 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 Subprogramme 4 Coordinator, the intern will:

  • Draft knowledge products and working documents, reports, and correspondence or concept notes.

  • Conduct desk studies of documents, reports, and internet searches related to urban crisis/urban migration, specifically for planning for future projects.

  • Support in the arrangement and participation in internal and external meetings. This will involve both organizational and substantive tasks, such as preparation of contributions, development of agendas, logistical support, reporting, and follow-up actions.

  • Support in the communication and coordination with the UN Country Offices and other UN entities.

  • Draft communication products and events programmes to support the dissemination of projects, tools, and reports on different substantive areas and for all regions.

  • Support the planning and coordination of all related teams and engagement with partners in projects at headquarters, in
    the regions, and in countries.

  • Provide research and short resumes for advancing programme development; review and comment on upcoming tools and reports; draft meeting reports and minutes; support organization of events and meetings.

  • Support in the collection of best practices and drafting of short texts on successful projects in different thematic areas (migration and displacement, urban recovery, etc.) and support dissemination and publishing (e.g. layout or website contents).



    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.


    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:

  • Urban Studies, Humanitarian or Development Studies, Social or Political Science, Business Administration, or a related 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 and knowledge working on urban crisis/urban migration-related issues is required.

  • Experience in communication and support to event management 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 Russian is desirable.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern - Programme Development - Urban Crisis Prevention and Response Jobs in Kenya

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