Intern - Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch, Nairobi, Kenya

Closing date: Friday, 17 November 2017

Posting Title: INTERN - Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 3 November 2017-17 November 2017

Job Opening number: 17-PGM-UNHABITAT-88264-J-NAIROBI (O)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include: 1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.

2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:,

  • List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.

3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. UN-Habitat works to ensure that cities become inclusive and affordable drivers of economic growth and social development.

UN-Habitat, as the lead agency within the United Nations system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements, is mandated through the Habitat Agenda to take the lead in disaster, mitigation, and post-crisis rehabilitation capabilities in human settlements. The Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch works to increase the resilience of cities to the impacts of natural and human-made crises and undertake rehabilitation in ways that advance sustainable urban development. The branch provides technical support to field operations, regional offices and other thematic branches of the agency to facilitate the implementation of urban risk reduction and durable crisis response approaches. The branch consists of three units: Risk Reduction and Resilience Unit, Settlements Recovery Unit, and Shelter Rehabilitation Unit.

The UN-HABITAT Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch 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.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background; the intern's assigned office as well as the internship period.

This internship is primarily located in the Settlements Recovery Unit and Shelter Rehabilitation Unit in the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch, under the supervision of UN-Habitat's Emergency Director. The selected intern will also support the City Planning Extension and Design Unit in the Urban Planning and Design Branch.

The selected intern is expected to undertake the following tasks: Under the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch

1.Support coordination of the development of concepts, guidelines, tools, policies and strategies for disaster management in human settlements;

2.Monitor a broad range of emergencies, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, conflicts, etc. and deliver information on the relief and recovery operations once disasters have occurred;

3.Develop and populate the Emergency Response Portal, by updating with relevant information;

4.Assist with activities related to strengthening the nexus between humanitarian, development and peace work;

5.Contribute to the development of communications/promotional materials for the branch by providing suggestions and assistance, and creating content for social media;

6.Support day-to-day ad-hoc support to shelter and settlements units, and other duties as assigned by the Emergency Director.

Under the Urban Planning and Design Branch: 7.Assist with the branch's activities in supporting planning for integrated refugee and host communities, in particular support to desk research, visibility activities, and reporting;

8.Support development of normative outputs by assisting in analyzing development planning projects, contributing to preparation of documents, presentations and other dissemination materials;

9.Assist in the implementation of different project outputs, such as urban planning methodology review, development of tools, documentation and evaluation of practices;

10.Contribute to proposing and analyzing scenarios and design options for planning and design projects;

11.Contribute to the organization and the preparation of field missions and scoping missions including preparation of background materials, case studies and fact sheets.

In your cover letter, please outline how your relevant experience and/or interest in this area of work will assist you to complete the above tasks.


Core 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


    Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements: a. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

    b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);

    c. 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 study: Student in terminal years of University Studies or no longer than one year from graduation in Political Science, Social Science, International Studies, Urban/Regional Planning, Architecture, Urban Management or related field that is relevant in sustainable urban development.

    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 is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.


    Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

    United Nations Considerations

    According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on 'The Application Process' and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on 'Manuals' hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

    Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

    No Fee


Source: UN Jobs

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

Fecha límite / Fecha de cierre: 
Viernes, November 17, 2017