United Nations INTERN -Gender and Human Rights Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations INTERN -Gender and Human Rights 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.

The New Urban Agenda, agreed upon in October 2016, highlights the importance of addressing urbanization in a holistic manner, putting people and the environment at the center of policy-making and programming.

The New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda are premised on the understanding that urbanization must be harnessed to benefit all, and that no person/s should be left behind in the development process.

The UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2014-2019 highlights four cross-cutting issues: climate change, human rights, gender equality and youth.

All four cross-cutting issues are to be “mainstreamed throughout the seven focus areas, ensuring that all policies, knowledge management tools and operational activities address these issues in their design and implementation” (para. 45).

The UN-Habitat Gender and Human Rights 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 Unit Leader and cross-cutting consultants, the intern will:
  • Drafting documents, reports and correspondence for internal use.
  • Desk research on thematic issues thematic and country specific gender and human rights issues in the context of urbanization including but not limited to disability rights, gender equality and digital rights.
  • Support to 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 and reporting.
  • Support and organize events and consultations and prepare relevant background papers.
  • Assist with the core roles and responsibilities of the Unit, including: Advocacy, Capacity building, Project development and Research
  • Assist with project review for cross-cutting issues (gender, youth, human rights, climate change)
  • Support the development of the cross-cutting report and other reporting measures.

    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 Areas of Studies:

  • Human Rights, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Business Administration, Development Studies, Development Management, Economics or a related field.

    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.
  • 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

    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 1st January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations INTERN -Gender and Human Rights Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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