Intern - Urban Planning, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Closing date: Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Posting Title: INTERN - Urban Planning, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: RIO DE JANEIRO

Posting Period: 3 August 2018-22 August 2018

Job Opening number: 18-PGM-UNHABITAT-101848-J-RIO DE JANEIRO (O)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Organizational 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.

As a form of commitment and engagement to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Objectives - SDGs, the City of Rio de Janeiro, through Decree 42.796 of 1/1/2017 (modified by Decree 42.811 of 4/1/2017) created a committee of technicians of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall (Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro - PCRJ), coordinated by the Sub-secretariat for Planning and Monitoring of Results (Subsecretaria de Planejamento e Acompanhamento de Resultados - SUBPAR), to elaborate the Sustainable Development Plan (Plano de Desenvolvimento Sustentável - PDS) for the City.

In the realm of the 2001 agreement between Rio de Janeiro City Hall - PCRJ and United Nations Human Settlements Programme - UN-Habitat, and within the implementation of the PDS, a Sustainable and Resilient Urban Planning Intern is needed.

The internship position will be very transversal and will be able to acquire a broad understanding of the city and the different aspects of the interface to its sustainability.

The UN-Habitat internship is for 6 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35-40 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 direct supervision of Programme Officer UN-Habitat Brazil Office, the intern will:

  • Provide support for the teams of the Planning Office of Rio de Janeiro and UN-Habitat, in a partnership working in the construction of the PDS.
  • Assist the team in developing content and robust materials on the PDS to support meetings with the Committee, population and other important entities in the construction of the PDS and to update

the digital platform of social participation.

  • Support the Planning Office and UN-Habitat teams in their internal meetings, with the Committee, other entities and the population.
  • Support the development of materials for meetings and the online social participation platform.
  • Assist other coordination and administrative support tasks as required.


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 Studies: Undergraduate or graduate student in Geography, Architecture and Urbanism, Economics, International Relations or Social Sciences; all with an urban focus.

    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 Portuguese is required. Knowledge of English and Spanish are desirable.


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

    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.

    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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term 'sexual exploitation' means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term 'sexual abuse' means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

    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 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) 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. 

Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018