Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - URBANIST, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: RABAT
Posting Period: 30 January 2023 - 13 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-200579-J-Rabat (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 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the lead entity within the United Nations system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements and urbanization. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context of a rapidly urbanizing world. UN-Habitat National Office for Morocco was established in 2021 in Rabat and provides technical cooperation and capacity building by promoting and implementing policies, programs, and operational projects in UN-Habitat’s focus areas at national and local levels, aimed at achieving sustainable urban development in the country, and provide technical cooperation services, upon request from the government.

Since its official opening, UN-Habitat has been active in Morocco in partnership with the Ministry of National Planning, Urban Development, Housing, and Urban Policy to support the government's efforts to achieve sustainable urban development. A headquarters agreement was signed with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and a habitat country program document (HCPD) was signed in march 2021 for the period 2020-2023. This document brings together operational projects in UN-Habitat's areas of intervention, at national, regional, and local levels, aimed at achieving sustainable urban development in the country and provides technical support to the partners involved. The recent opening of the UN-HABITAT representative office in Morocco will contribute to optimal governance and implementation of the country program and consolidate cooperation mechanisms with the Moroccan government.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Rabat, Morocco Country 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 Programme Manager, the intern will:
- Assist in gathering data, analyzing, and contributing to the preparation of reports and technical documents, preparation of presentations, and other dissemination materials.
- Support the development of territorial, urban planning, and GIS inputs for Urban Development Policies, Strategies, Plans, and Projects.
- Support capacity building on a variety of planning themes.
- Assist in the development of content and methodology on inclusive and sustainable urban planning and development.
- Assist in the SDG’s localization in urban planning policy frameworks, guidelines, policies, and presentations through identification and review of relevant publications and documents, drafting and commenting on documents, and assisting in producing information materials.
- Provide GIS support to planning and design inputs to ongoing planning initiatives, including citywide strategies, extension plans, and urban transformation plans.
- Assist in identifying fields for collaboration with key actors in the framework of UN-Habitat programs;
- Support the team in the drafting of working documents, including concept notes, project presentations, etc.
- Support the UN-Habitat Country Office in the development of concrete urban design and planning projects, urban plans, graphic materials, participatory workshops, training, and tools; conduct research on urban design and planning and consolidate best practices and case studies and best practices.
- Support the development of concept notes and project proposals in the areas of urban planning and design, project bankability, climate change, urban resilience, and urban management and innovation. - urban regeneration, urban innovation in planning and mobility, climate change, and housing according to professional experience.
- Contribute to the improvement of the work plan of the country office;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- Assist in planning, preparing, and implementing events (meetings, workshops, conferences, Expert Group Meetings, etc.) and supporting the implementation of specific recommendations arising from these events.


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 includes the willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred areas of study:
Geo-Science, Human Geography, Earth Observation, Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, and/or related field of studies.

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 urban design and planning projects is required.

Experience in drafting of working documents, including concept notes, and project presentations is desirable.

Experience in planning, preparing, and implementing events (meetings, workshops, conferences, and expert group meetings) is desirable.


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
- 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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