United Nations INTERN - Spanish Language Programme Teaching Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

United Nations INTERN - Spanish Language Programme Teaching Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.

We support programme implementation of the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing Administrative, conference, Security and information services .

The UNON Spanish Language Programme Teaching Assistant internship is for 2 months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

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.


  • 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 Deputy Head, Talent Management Centre and Language Programme Coordinator,the intern will:

  • Prepare lesson and course plans: use a syllabus and specified materials to prepare lesson plans, adjust these plans and take account for lessons learned; select/design supplementary activities; ensure lesson-to-lesson coherence; plan a balanced, varied scheme of work for a module; design task to exploit linguistics and communicative potential of materials; design multi-level tasks to meet individual needs and lesson objectives.
  • Deliver interactive linguistic training, and manage and monitor participants learning: manage teacher-class interaction effectively; give clear instructions for individual and group work; deliver linguistic training in accordance with agreed plans; monitor individual and group work accurately and thoroughly; provide effective individual feedback using various methods; use appropriate technology/software/training materials to enhance the learning experience; select appropriate combination of techniques to suit learners and learning situation. Keep an updated attendance class list and submit a copy to the Language administration office monthly.
  • Assess learners progress: design or select appropriate methods to assess learners progress; conduct test and interviews; coordinate and mark placement tests and progress assessments (oral and written); provide feedback to learners of their progress and ways to develop their linguistic skills; use technology/software and apply recognized standards to assess spoken and written proficiency. Submit progress reports at the end of the term.
  • Support the conduct of evaluations: Seek general feedback/comments/recommendations from the participants; provide a short debrief/report to the Programme Manager at the end of the language term on lessons learned, participant feedback, areas for improvement; evaluate materials effectively from practical and theoretical perspectives; provide feedback on the effectiveness and efficiency of the language programme;
  • Prepare the learning environment: prepare and test all support devices (computer/laptop, projector, video, presentation, flip chart, white/smart board, video player, blog, chat, social media, online homework/group work, online community, handout and other materials needed for the course).
  • Complete 20 practical teaching hours, during these 20 hours the intern must observe lessons to become familiar with the characteristics of the group of students.
  • Observe the teaching approaches and methodology of the centre and the teachers, and teach approximately 6 hours.
  • Record a lesson of 45-60 minutes. This recorded session is to evaluate the trainee in the class.


  • 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.


    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:

  • Language Studies, Education.
  • Work Experience
  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another 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.

    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 4th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations INTERN - Spanish Language Programme Teaching Assistant Jobs in Nairobi - Kenya

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