Intern - UN-Habitat Programme Support - Housing Unit, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, Nairobi

Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: UN-Habitat Nairobi

Grade: I-1

Closing date: Monday, 27 February 2017

Posting Title: INTERN - UN-HABITAT PROGRAMME SUPPORT - HOUSING UNIT, HOUSING AND SLUM UPGRADING BRANCH, I

Job Code Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 13 February 2017-27 February 2017

Job Opening number: 17-PGM-UNHABITAT-74348-R-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: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),

  • 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 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.

UN-Habitat promotes the stronger commitment of national and local governments as well as other relevant stakeholders to work towards the realization of a world with economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities and other human settlements.

The main focus of the Housing Unit relates to the Habitat Agenda goal 'Adequate Housing for All', and Focus Area 5: 'Housing and Slum Upgrading' of Strategic and Institutional Plan, 2014-2019. The Unit works normatively as well as provides technical advice and operational support to improve access to housing for the world's poor and other groups in vulnerable situations, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition.

The UN-HABITAT - Housing Unit, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch (HSUB) 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.

Based on the requirements of the Unit and the experience and interest of the selected candidate, the intern will work in one of the following portfolios -kindly specifically express which portfolio you are applying for: 1)Housing Policy & Finance: -

  • Provide general support to the team in work planning and coordination of the Housing Policy and Housing Finance portfolios, including research/normative papers and reports in best-practice tools and principles related to affordable housing; publications and technical notes on sustainable affordable housing;
  • Assist in the Global Housing Strategy progamme management, following up on schedules and work progress;
  • Contribute to reviewing current good practices and innovations in the housing policy sector, developing/managing new projects to enhance the impact of the Global Housing Strategy and the country and regional levels;
  • Review national housing policies, national housing sector profiles, partners' and UN-Habitat project proposals/publication drafts as requested.
  • Assisting in the GHS progamme management, following up on schedules and work progress, supporting in the elaboration of TORs, concept notes, correspondence/coordination with project partners;
  • Providing general support to the activities developed in the Housing Policy and the Housing Finance Portfolios, including research/normative papers and reports in best-practice tools and principles related to sustainable affordable housing;
  • Supporting the evaluation process of the Housing Profile Programme.

2)Housing Rights and Human Rights:

  • Support the activities of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme (UNHRP) and the activities focused on the human rights of marginalized groups such as youth, women and peoples with disabilities;
  • Assist in ensuring substantive UN-Habitat representation in relevant human rights fora, including relevant inter-governmental and inter-agency processes, such as the UPR -Human Rights is a cross-cutting issue at UN-Habitat so interns will assist in the mainstreaming of human rights across the organisation
  • Assist in coordinating relevant human rights meetings and prepare background materials, notes, and act of follow-up activities, as required.
  • Assist in the overall management, coordination and implementation of programme components. This includes: development of overall Programme Document and associated work plans/budget, contribute to strategic planning; preparation of progress reports; compiling relevant information; and identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to Programme objectives.Housing Rights and Human Rights Mainstreaming:

Please indicate which portfolio(s) your background and interest best relate to.

Competencies

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

Education

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: Studies in Architecture, Urban Planning, Geography, Law, Political Science, Economics, Real Estate, Public Policy, International Development with an urban focus or other social sciences or related areas preferred.

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.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, February 27, 2017