Internships at United Nations Kenya (UNDP)


Risk Management Internships at UNDP, Kenya

Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) and Risk Management Unit (RMU)

Risk Management Internship Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Head of RCO and RMU and in close collaboration with RCO and RMU colleagues, the intern will:

  • Provide relevant support to UN coordination mechanisms and UNCT activities, including UNCT meetings, events and joint work through UN working groups;
  • Support the compilation and preparation of briefing and presentation materials, background information and documentation as well as drafting of talking points and speeches for meetings, events and missions;
  • Support the organization and follow-up of inter-agency and high-level meetings or events attended by the RCO and RMU staff members;
  • Assist in updating and providing inputs to UN Somalia Website and other communications products;
  • Maintain and update the UN agency contact list for the UNCT and all the working groups involving Somali counterparts, UN staff, donors and NGOs;
  • Undertake research and analysis as required in order to improve the design or implementation of ongoing joint programmes and joint projects;
  • Perform any other task as assigned by the Head of the RC Office and RMU.
  • Other administrative tasks as required.

Training components and learning elements

  • The intern is expected to develop excellent secretariat skills including meeting planning and preparation, provision of talking points and annotated agendas, minute taking and organization of follow up.
  • The intern is expected to learn the structures of the UNCT and the coordination mechanisms on country level.
  • The intern will have the opportunity to participate in various high-level meetings coordinated or chaired by the RC Office

Impact of results

  • Strengthening of overall coordination capacity and implementation of the UN System reform. In particular, the key results improve the effectiveness of the UN’s activities in Somalia and ensure the implementation of the UN Strategy in support of national strategies and priorities.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge and Learning Management;
  • Shares knowledge and experience from within and outside the UN Country Team;
  • Encourages UN staff to share knowledge;
  • Develops deep understanding of the UN planning processes.

Coordination Effectiveness

  • Ability to bring together UN staff working on the design and implementation of UN programme activities, strengthening of strategic partnerships;
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships with UN Agencies and main constituents, advocate effectively, communicate sensitively across different constituencies.

Required Skills and Experience for Risk Management Internship


  • Bachelor’s degree or Masters in international development studies, international relations, social sciences, political science, law, economics, management, or other relevant fields.
  • Candidates must, at the time of application, 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 programme(minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • Have graduated and be within one-yearof graduation of any of the above.


  • A demonstrable interest in the UN’s work in Somalia, communications and media coverage of the UN in Somalia.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and experience with design software, such as InDesign strongly desired.
  • Experience of volunteer work would be considered an asset.


  • Fluency in English with superior drafting skills;
  • Good knowledge of Somali would be considered an asset.


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