Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: MEXICO CITY
Posting Period: 27 October 2022 - 10 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-192023-J-Mexico City (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 ( UN-Habitat has been working for nearly 40 years in human settlements around the world, focused on building a better future for rural communities, towns, and cities of all sizes. It has its global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and its regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It also has a country workshop in Mexico City. As part of the work of UN-Habitat, highlight the elaboration of the Report on the state of the cities of the world, the organization of each year of the World Urban Forum, an event in which institutions, organizations, and experts on territorial and urban issues participate, and generation of multiple specific programs, such as: Participatory Program for the Improvement of Communities Precarious (PPMBP), National Urban Policy, Planned city extensions, Urban Prosperity Initiative, Low Emission Urban Development Strategies (Urban-LEDS), Academy of Cities and Climate Change, Urban Energy Program, Laboratory of Urban Planning and Design, Global Urban Observatory and Best Practices Database. The intern will be under the direct supervision of the UN-Habitat, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico and Cuba Office 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 Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, the intern will:
- Carry out research activities and collect up-to-date and reliable information that allows the identification of areas of opportunity for UN-Habitat's engagement in each country.
- Participate in inter-agency meetings, workshops, and other participatory activities convened in the different phases of integration of the UNSDCFs.
- Generate proposals and redact inputs for the integration of UN-Habitat’s mandate and territorial approach in the UNSDCFs.
- Prepare and participate in reviews with the regional director to agree on the scope and commitments undertaken by UN-Habitat within the UNSDCFs before their approval.
- Generate proposals for monitoring indicators on urban and territorial issues.
- Review drafts and generate suggestions for working documents.

- Identify opportunities for the integration of UN-Habitat in the Results Groups that monitor and follow up on the UNSDCFs once approved and signed.
- Support in the organization of working meetings with the Results Groups.
- Contribute to the development of inter-agency work plans for the implementation of the UNSDCFs.
- Participate in the implementation of inter-agency activities defined in the joint work plans.
- Elaborate technical inputs (documents, presentations, concept notes, schedules, etc.) as required for the implementation of the joint work plans.
- Participate and support in the design and facilitation of forums, workshops, expert and working meetings, as well as other types of interactive sessions according to the joint work plans.

Monitoring and reporting
- Elaborate and redact technical inputs for reports (internal and external), regarding UN-Habitat’s contribution to the UNSDCFs implementation.
- Measure indicators.
- Support in updating platforms, databases, and/or folders as required for the monitoring of the implementation of the UNSDCFs.
- Generate communication inputs for the presentation of results.
- Elaborate on conclusions and identify areas of opportunity for the next planning cycles.

Operational and management tasks:
- Maintain a well-organized archive with information on the different steps and processes of developing, implementing, and monitoring the UNSDCFs for each country to guarantee proper knowledge management.
- Participate in meetings, elaborate minutes when required, and support the follow-up of the resulting agreements.
- Assist in any other duties as assigned by the supervisor within the framework of the inter-agency collaboration and without prejudice to the achievement of the main objectives.


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 (Microsoft Office).

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 areas of studies:
International Relations, Urbanism, Public Policy, Political Science, or similar and/or related areas.

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.

Experience in strategic planning, public policy, and results-based management is required.

Experience in organizing workshops, forums, technical events, and expert meetings, among others is desirable.

Knowledge of the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat’s mandate and work is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English and Spanish are required. Knowledge of another official UN Language 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
- 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.

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