UN Fresh Graduate Jobs for Researchers


UN Fresh Graduate Jobs for Researchers

Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN – Research and Outreach, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 August 2017 – 31 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-83449-J-Nairobi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A

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


Org. 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 UN-HABITAT Research and Outreach internship is for 3-6 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 the Coordinator of the Research and Capacity Development Branch, the intern’s duties may include, but are not limited to:
•Undertake research as required regarding urban prosperity in area including:
– Mechanisms of the spatial configuration, urban governance, affecting urban prosperity
– Mechanisms of urban governance and citizen participation affecting urban prosperity,
– Levels of environmental sustainability, productivity, equity and urban infrastructure and its relation to sustainable urban development,
– Human rights-based approach to urban development as a vector for urban transformation
– Youth and women inclusion in cities.
– Measuring economic productivity in cities

Assist in the preparation of documentation, research for concept notes for projects of the Prosperous City Initiative, particularly in cities in Latin America, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Egypt among other countries. Including the development of the programme:
– Assist in the data collection of the dimensions of urban prosperity
– Develop and maintain databases,
– Assist with communication and information management
– Assist in the development of partnerships with cities and multilateral organization.
•Critically analyse the anticipated and unanticipated achievements and the challenges facing the initiative, offering suggestions for further improvement.

•Contribute to the preparation and do background research for concept notes for the New Urban Agenda monitoring and the 2030 Development Agenda.

•Prepare briefing papers, case studies, research papers, and presentations on related topics.

•Source and review existing documentation on the latest concepts and policy directions promoting/affecting urban prosperity and the New Urban Agenda.

•Undertake other assignments as required for the development and implementation of the work programme of the Research and Capacity Development Branch

Participate in the daily operations of the Branch by supporting the staff in the performance of their tasks and responsibilities, including taking part in meetings, project reviews, etc.; As required, participate in meetings of the Branch as required to share findings, brainstorm on issues and contribute to the development of the prosperous cities initiative


Core Competencies:
-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

-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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
Academic or research experience would be an asset


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.

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