Urban Planning & Design Branch Internships at UN Habitat
Your application for this internship must include:
- 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.
- Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internshipprogramme),
- 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.
- 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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHabitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
The UNHABITAT Urban Planning and Design Branch internship is for 6 months.
The Internship is UNPAID and fulltime.
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.
Urban Planning Internship Responsibilities
- Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
This internship is located in the Urban Planning and Design Branch. The selected intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:
- The development of the normative outputs for the Kalobeyei project by assisting in analyzing planning projects, contributing to preparation of documents, preparation of presentations and other dissemination materials;
- Assist in the definition and implementation of the Kalobeyei project outputs, such as urban planning methodology review, development of tools, documentation and evaluation of practices;
- Contribute to proposing and analyzing design options in the context of Kalobeyei project;
- Contribute to the organization of the preparation of field missions and scoping missions;
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- 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 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
Planning & Organizing:
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
- Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
- Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
- Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
- Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
- Uses time efficiently
- 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
- Actively seeks to improve programmes or services
- Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs
- Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas
- Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”
- Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things
- Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches
Education for Urban Planning 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.
Preferred area of study:
- Student in terminal years of University Studies or no longer than one year from graduation in Urban/Regional Planning, Urban Environment or related field that is relevant in sustainable urban development.
- 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 English is required.
- Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.
How to Apply
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