Job Opening

Posting Title: CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 27 June 2022 - 11 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-183989-J-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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 Urban Planning and Design Unit (UPD) at UN-Habitat Lebanon focuses on the program’s multisectoral portfolio – such as environment and climate change, housing and heritage, WASH and energy – among others. The team is involved in:
- Securing programmatic funding opportunities through drafting environmental and urban upgrading proposals;
- Internally developing preliminary designs and preparing high standard construction drawings – including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical layouts as well as specification documents;
- Effective planning and coordination – through defining a vision, an agenda, a set of priorities and the scale of operation – to ensure successful project implementation and timely delivery; and lastly
- Reports write-up and design.

Some of the main activities that we have been involved in are:
- Developing community-driven and community-led public and recreational spaces and football fields;
- Undergoing buildings rehabilitation and streets upgrading projects in vulnerable areas across Lebanon;
- Implementing WASH projects in both urban and rural contexts advocating for the provision of equitable water for all and limiting environmental degradation; and which include: water harvesting and rationing, developing integrated municipal solid waste plans, composting and recovering recyclables, as well as promoting circular economies through engaging the private sector and the community;
- Executing renewable energy projects including solar street lighting, on-grid energy generation and building-level solar energy systems.
The intern will be under the supervision of the UN-Habitat, Beirut, Senior Planning and Infrastructure Engineer - Head of Urban Planning and Design Unit.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Beirut, Urban Planning and Design internship is for six (6) months.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week 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 Senior Planning and Infrastructure Engineer, the intern will:
- Assist in the acquisition of information required by the project(s) through desk and field research.
- Assist in the analysis of collected data under the supervision of the project(s) coordinator(s).
- Prepare detailed Bill of Quantities (BoQs), technical drawings, and specifications based on preliminary site assessments and national and international engineering practices, etc.
- Contribute to the development of engineering designs.
- Contribute to the implementation of feasibility analyses including cost estimates for individual project components.
- Join the UPDU team during field visits, perform site inspections as requested and submit field visit reports.
- Support the UPDU in the daily implementation of engineering projects.
- Attend project coordination meetings and prepare meeting minutes.
- Assist in the assessment of permitting requirements.
- Support the preparation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) of specific projects and assist external consultants in the preparation of environmental assessments.
- Follow up on irrigation water/treated wastewater quality testing, and report to the project coordinator.
- Follow up with implementing partners/contractors on a daily basis, as requested by the project coordinator.
- Support in any task required to ensure the programme’s sustainability and growth.


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 Bachelor's degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent

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:
Bachelor of Engineering in a relevant discipline (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Management, Environment/Water Policy).

Knowledge in the preparation of environmental studies (such as Environmental Impact Assessments EIAs, etc.).

Knowledge in climate change adaptation measures, such as wastewater reuse, rainwater harvesting, etc.

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, AutoCAD, and other computer programmes.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Ability to keep work organized, prioritize tasks, and have an overview of the tasks/engagements/meetings of the day ahead is required.

Good technical knowledge of a list of the major anticipated environmental and social impacts that would arise from a wastewater network project and a list of relevant actors and governmental entities that should be informed and engaged is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French 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) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

- Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
- Graduation Date
- IT skills and programmes you are proficient in (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, AutoCAD)
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship”.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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


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