United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern SDG Localization: Speech Writing and Advocacy Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Human Settlements Programme Intern SDG Localization: Speech Writing and Advocacy Jobs in Kenya

Posting Title: Intern SDG Localization: Speech Writing and Advocacy, I (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: Intern - Programme Management

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: Nairobi

Posting Period: 12 September 2022 - 26 September 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-190688-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 Human Settlements Officer, the intern will:

  • Write and edit content for speeches, concept notes, publications, reports, position papers, websites, newsletters, articles, and presentations on SDG localization, local governments, and Voluntary Local Reviews.

  • Assist in planning, preparing, and implementing events (meetings, workshops, conferences, Expert Group Meetings, etc.).

  • Assist in preparing background material to support the participation and/or moderation of UN-Habitat senior management in international events and workshops on SDG localization and local governments.

  • Conduct research and support the development collection of relevant information and the development of key messages.

  • Support the development of graphic design and material for communication and social media.

  • Manage the compilation of a library of photos, videos, and stories.

  • Assist in planning and reporting on meetings with key partners and stakeholders.

  • Perform any other tasks relevant to the candidate and UPB, as jointly determined with the supervisor.



    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 Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent

  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  • 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

  • Journalism, Communication, Public Relations, Social and Political Sciences, International Relations, Urban/Public Policy, Governance, Legislation, or other related fields, etc.

    In addition, successful applicants are expected to have demonstrated ability in one or more areas listed below:

  • Possess strong writing skills; experience with speechwriting, academic writing, or reporting;

  • Possess analytical skills; experience with research and/or familiarity with research methodologies is an advantage;

  • Possess strong interests in local governance and local development and is self-motivated;

  • Knowledge of design or web software such as the Adobe creative suite (e.g. Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) is an asset;

  • Ability to work and deliver outputs independently in a timely manner, with minimal supervision.

    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.

    Added value you could bring to the work of the team is required.

  • Knowledge of localizing the SDG, and your opinion on the main challenges that local and regional governments are facing to implement the SDGs, especially in the area of reporting is desirable.

  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines, organize work, and how to coordinate work with team members is required.


  • 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 SDG Localization: Speech Writing and Advocacy Jobs in Kenya

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