Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - Programme Support-Housing Unit, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch (HSUB)
Job Code Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT
Department/Office: UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 14 January 2016 - 28 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-54180-R-Nairobi (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:


1. 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.

2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),

- 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.

3. 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, 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.

This internship will be located at the housing unit at UN-Habitat’s Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch (HSUB). The main focus of the Housing Unit relates to the Habitat Agenda goal “Adequate Housing for All”, and Focus Area 5: “Housing and Slum Upgrading” of Strategic and Institutional Plan, 2014-2019. The Unit works normatively as well as provides technical advice and operational support to improve access to housing for the world's poor and other groups in vulnerable situations, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition.


The UN-HABITAT - Housing Unit, Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch (HSUB), Programme Support internship is for 6 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

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.

Responsibilities

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual's background and the needs of the unit.

Under the direct supervision of Leader, Housing Unit, the intern will work in one of the following two portfolios-kindly specifically express which portfolio you are applying for:


Housing Policy & Finance:

-Provide general support to the team in work planning and coordination of the Housing Policy and Housing Finance portfolios, including research/normative papers and reports in best-practice tools and principles related to affordable housing; publications and technical notes on sustainable affordable housing;
-Assist in the Global Housing Strategy progamme management, following up on schedules and work progress;
-Contribute to reviewing current good practices and innovations in the housing policy sector, developing/managing new projects to enhance the impact of the Global Housing Strategy and the country and regional levels;
-Review national housing policies, national housing sector profiles, partners' and UN-Habitat project proposals/publication drafts as requested.

Housing Rights and Human Rights:

-Support the activities of the United Nations Housing Rights Programme (UNHRP) and the activities focused on the human rights of marginalized groups such as youth, women and peoples with disabilities;
-Assist in ensuring substantive UN-Habitat representation in relevant human rights fora, including relevant inter-governmental and inter-agency processes, such as the UPR
-Human Rights is a cross-cutting issue at UN-Habitat so interns will assist in the mainstreaming of human rights across the organisation
-Assist in coordinating relevant human rights meetings and prepare background materials, notes, and act of follow-up activities, as required.
-Assist in the overall management, coordination and implementation of programme components. This includes: development of overall Programme Document and associated work plans/budget, contribute to strategic planning; preparation of progress reports; compiling relevant information; and identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to Programme objectives.

Competencies

Core Competencies:
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

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

Creativity:
-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

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 a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year 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.

Studies in social sciences, international development, political sciences, law or any other Human Rights related disciplines required.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

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

Assessment Method

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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