Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - DATA AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 06 February 2023 - 20 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-201231-J-Nairobi (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 ( It works towards the long-term goal of ensuring sustainable cities and communities as mandated by the Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDG 11). As such, there are targets and indicators developed to this effect as short-term guidance to enable monitoring of progress towards the attainment of SDG11, while linking and contributing to other SDG goals such as Poverty Eradication SDG1 with custodian mandate for access to basic services (SDG indicator 1.4.1) and land tenure security (SDG indicator 1.4.2) among others.

The Land, Housing, and Shelter (LHS) Section
The LHS Section is located in the Urban Practices Branch within the Global Solutions Division of UN-Habitat. LHS aims to develop, document, pilot/test, and disseminate norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures, and practices at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels in support of a) the equitable supply of serviced land at scale; b) efficient and effective land management systems; c) freedom from arbitrary or forced eviction and the protection of the security of tenure for all; d) the progressive achievement of universal access to housing meeting the requirements for an adequate standard of living; e) participatory urban regeneration and slum upgrading.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)
UN-Habitat hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) – a network of over seventy international partners established in 2006. The Network promotes secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor, fit-for-purpose, and gender-appropriate land tools and approaches for responsible land governance with a focus on tenure security. It has a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas including women and youth. GLTN's work also promotes many of the components in both the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. GLTN works towards improved tenure security within the global frameworks (SDGs, NUA, VGGTs, F&G-AU) with a new strategy (2018-30) aiming at scaling up land tools, and data protocols and providing a solid monitoring approach to support evidence-based policy decisions at all levels.

The Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII)
Under the auspices of GLTN, the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) was established in 2012 by UN-Habitat, the World Bank, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The platform is hosted and facilitated by GLTN and is a collaborative and inclusive process for the development of globally comparable and nationally applicable land indicators, with the overarching goal of making global-scale monitoring of land governance a reality. GLII's work is founded on the need for evidence-based land governance monitoring for planning and policy decisions linking local, national, regional, and global efforts through comparable land indicators for comparable data. The initiative has now grown to over 50 platform members including CSOs, INGOs, NGOs, research and academia, the private sector, grassroots organizations, National Statistical Organizations, and UN agencies. GLTN is seeking interns to support its workstream on land governance monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge management efforts spearheaded by GLII. The interns will report to the Global Land Indicators Initiative, under the guidance of the GLTN Project Manager.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Land, Housing and Shelter Section. Global Solutions Division, the internship is for six (6) months, with a possibility for an extension depending on the needs of the organization.

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 Management Officer Land, Housing, and Shelter Section, the intern will:
- Assist in regular communication and knowledge management within the LHS section and with GLII partners.
- Support in the development, compilation, synthesis, and management of knowledge materials developed by the GLII initiative
- Contribute to planning and implementation of targeted capacity development initiatives of GLII partners, building upon the December 2022 GLII partners’ meeting.
- Keep track of relevant national/regional/international meetings and events in the thematic area of data and SDGs monitoring – including cross-cutting issues of gender equality, human rights, etc. – to which the custodian agencies of SDG land indicators and other GLII partners can contribute.
- Support in the creation of content for activities at global and regional levels including concept notes, thematic fact sheets, quick guides, and regular updates related to land governance monitoring for dissemination internally and externally.
- Support in the production of advocacy and outreach material related to land governance monitoring.
- Support in the data collection, literature review, writing, and compilation of global case studies for learning
- Support in the restructuring process of the content of the GLII website
- Update and maintain a database of GLII partners and advisory group – contacts and specific roles (where applicable)
- Provide support to administrative tasks such as organizing internal and external (regional and global) events, meetings and preparation of meeting minutes, project reporting and follow-up, and related activities.
- Support any processes to identify donors and proposal writing with identification of partners, fact-finding, and conceptual writing.


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

Preferred areas of study:
Economics, Statistics, International Development, Urban Planning, Land Administration, Land Management, Political Science, Public Administration, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Urban and Rural Development, GIS, and Planning or related fields.

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 project planning and management is required.

Knowledge of the framework for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), land governance/management, and information systems is desirable.

Experience in research, technical writing, and knowledge management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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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