UN Habitat Internships In Kenya


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UNHabitat, 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.

This internship will physically be located in UNHabitat’s Urban Planning and Design Branch (UPDB); however the Greener Cities Partnership secretariat overarches several branches at UNHabitat and UNEP.

Internship Responsibilities

  • 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 Branch Coordinator, UPDB intern will:
  • Based on the requirements of the Greener Cities Partnership secretariat, and the experience and interest of the selected candidate, the intern will support the program of the Greener Cities Partnership in the following manner
  • Help increase the online visibility of the Greener Cities Partnership by writing website briefs, newsletter notes, collecting quotes, interviews, work on the branding, social media, etc.Help prepare background documents for events, especially in the context of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016
  • Research various topics, and potentially write papers, such as on “the benefits of a UNHabitat/UNEP interagency collaboration”, including doing evaluations of previous collaboration, and identifying niches for potential future collaboration
  • Support the team on waste, transport, energy, etc. in the writeup of funding proposals
  • Assist the team in the daytoday project implementation
  • Coorganize and support monthly Joint Operations Committee meetings



  • 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 twoway 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

Education for internship

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • 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 program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
    Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a oneyear 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.


How to Apply

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