Intern - Urban Planning, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Closing date: Saturday, 27 October 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 October 2018-27 October 2018

Job Opening number: 18-PGM-UN-HABITAT-104661-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.

The Master Plan for Sustainable Urban Development of the City of Rio de Janeiro (Master Plan), established by Municipal Complementary Law no 111/2011, in accordance with the provisions of the Brazilian Federal Law no 10.257 of 2001, shall be evaluated every five years and reviewed every ten years, as per the sole paragraph of article 1 of the above mentioned Complementary Law. In 2016, the Master Plan was evaluated with the participation of members of the Urban Policy Council (COMPUR), under the Coordination Team of Macro Planning of the City of Rio de Janeiro.

With the change of the municipal administrative management in 2017, the Technical Monitoring Committee of the Rio de Janeiro Master Plan (CTPD) was reactivated in December of that year, resuming discussions and initiating the review of the Master Plan, to be held between 2018 and 2020. Most of the material to support the discussions on the review is already prepared, such as the Urban and Environmental Diagnosis, made in 2015, and the urban and sectorial assessments on various topics developed since the approval of the Master Plan. It is necessary to continue this effort updating previous evaluations with an integrated intersectoral assessment, as well as with discussions with sectoral bodies and with society at large, through public hearings and seminars, workshops and meetings with specialists and institutions, entities and associations. This way, the next Master Plan will be drawn up with a solid technical base and the participation of a broad spectrum of Rio de Janeiro's society.

It should be noted that in recent years the city of Rio de Janeiro has undergone significant changes following major sporting events, such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, which led to the construction of subway line 4, BRTs, the revitalization of the port area and the implementation of the Minha Casa Minha Vida Program. All these interventions led to huge urban transformations and left a great challenge in terms of spatial integration within the city and its management with focus on its citizens.

In the realm of the 2001 agreement between the Rio de Janeiro City Hall - PCRJ and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme - UN-Habitat, and within the revision process of the Master Plan, an Urban Planning Intern is needed.

The UN-Habitat Urban Planning 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.

Under the Supervision of UN-Habitat Brazil Office and working in close collaboration with the team of GM/SUBU/SMU, the intern will:

  • Provide support to UN-Habitat's and GM/SUBU/SMU's teams in their internal meetings, with CTPD, other entities and the population.
  • Prepare supporting materials for meetings and the online social participation platform.
  • Other organization 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: Geography, Architecture and Urbanism, Economics, International Relations, Social Sciences or equivalent; 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 is 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

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Deadline/closing date: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018