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Intern – Project Support, I

Responsibilities

Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer, SDG Localization and Local government, UPB, the intern will:

  • Support to the implementation of global projects on SDG localization and Voluntary Local Reviews, including UNDA Tranche 14 and 2030 Agenda sub-fund projects.
  • Support the development and implementation of bilateral cooperation projects with cities and local and regional governments and decentralized cooperation actors.
  • Facilitate tracking progress on project implementation and develop briefings and reports.
  • Participate in coordination meetings with implementing partners and take minutes.
  • Identification of content for dissemination and communication materials.
  • Assist with the monitoring and reporting of projects and partnerships.
  • Support the administrative and logistical processes pertaining to the global projects.

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.

Education

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
    • Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Have demonstrated a 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 a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred Skills

  • Possess strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess strong interests in local governance, local development and local implementation of Agenda 2030and is self-motivated.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of design or web software such as the Adobe creative suite (e.g., Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) is an asset.
  • Ability to work and deliver outputs independently in a timely manner.

Preferred areas of studies:

  • Public Relations, Social and Political Sciences, International Relations, Urban/Public Policy, Urban Planning or any other related field of study

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 assisting with any projects, even in non-professional settings, that align with the SDGs is required.
  • Knowledge of design or web software such as the Adobe creative suite (e.g., Illustrator, InDesign, and
  • Photoshop) is desirable.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office software packages is desirable.

Languages

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

Intern – Data & Methodology, I

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Responsibilities
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer, SDG Localization and Local government, UPB, the intern will:

  • Participate in the collection, computation, analysis, and alignment of Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, New Urban Agenda Indicators, Global Urban Monitoring Framework indicators, and other urban indicators.
  • Assist the planning, drafting and review of Voluntary Local Reviews and SDG City Development Strategies supported by UN-Habitat.
  • Practically support the roll out of VLRs and as part of the two global projects on Voluntary Local Reviews and SDG localization.
  • Support the review of deliverables from the local consultants, providing constructive feedback and concise comments for improvements.
  • Provide support in collecting and analyzing data related to SDGs and VLRs, and its translation into written reports, presentations and policy recommendations.
  • Support the coordination between UN-Habitat’s work on Voluntary Local Reviews, SDG Cities and the Global Urban Monitoring Framework Teams.
  • Create data analysis and visualizations for internal and external use.

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.

Education

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
    • Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Have demonstrated a 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 a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred skills:

  • Must be computer literate in standard software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint) and particularly Microsoft Excel.
  • Must have strong analytical skills, including the ability to gather and critically analyze information, identify patterns and areas for improvement, and draw logical, evidence-based conclusions.
  • Should be familiarize with GIS, SPSS, or other data management and advanced analytics systems such as Stata or R-Studio.
  • Possesses strong interests in local governance and local development.
  • Approaches complex problems methodically, and is precise and accurate when working with numbers, data, and text.
  • Is independent, self-motivated, and takes initiative.

Preferred areas of studies:

  • Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Human Geography, Architecture, Statistics, Urban Data Science or any other related field of study.


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 data analysis/ data cleaning/data management or data visualization as well as utilizing the necessary applications is required.
  • Familiarity with GIS, SPSS, or other data management and advanced analytics systems such as
  • Stata or R-Studio is desirable.

Languages

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

Intern – Communication & Advocacy, I

Responsibilities
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer, SDG Localization and Local government, UPB, the intern will:

  • Support the engagement of UN-Habitat’s SDG Localization Team in major events by preparing events’ background material, including concept notes and agendas.
  • Assist with the identification of speakers, coordination of invitations and mobilization of partners and participants in sessions, workshops, and other events.
  • Revise knowledge products, key messages, and corporate material, facilitate alignment with the team’s narrative on SDG Localization.
  • Facilitate UN-Habitat’s senior management participation in event and advocacy processes.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop and maintain the communication and social media strategy to promote the work of the SDG Localization and Local Governments team.
  • Assist with the creation and dissemination of content and materials to promote events, projects, and other activities (social media posts, infographics, multi-media assets, emails, reports, letters, flyers, messaging) under the work of the work of the SDG Localization and Local Governments team.
  • Website maintenance and updates of the UN-Habitat SDG localization (https://sdglocalization.org/), UN-Habitat Voluntary Local Reviews (https://unhabitat.org/topics/voluntary-local-reviews), and Multilevel Governance websites (https://www.multilevelgovernance.org/).
  • Facilitate internal communication and maintain regular relations with UN-Habitat’s Communication and Information Technology teams. Keep up to date on new social media tools and identify new communications strategies.

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.

Education

  • Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher).
    • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).
    • Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Have demonstrated a 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 a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred skills:

  • Possess strong writing skills and experience with speeches, reports, concept notes, social media messaging and other written outreach materials.
  • Possess graphic design and visual materials development skills; experience with graphic design software and with video design software (Adobe Premiere Pro) is an asset.
  • Poses knowledge on website development and maintenance (Web flow, Drupal) is an asset.
  • Possess strong interests in local governance, local development and local implementation of Agenda 2030 and is self-motivated.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of design or web software such as the Adobe creative suite (e.g., Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) is an asset.
  • Ability to work and deliver outputs independently in a timely manner, with minimal supervision.

Preferred areas of studies:

  • Journalism, Communication, Graphic Design, Public Relations, Social and Political Sciences, International Relations, Urban/Public Policy or any other related field of study.

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.
  • Possession of strong writing skills and experience with speeches, reports, concept notes, social media messaging and other written outreach materials is required.
  • Knowledge of design or web software such as the Adobe creative suite (e.g., Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop) is desirable.
  • Experience in creating outreach and public-facing content as well as utilizing the necessary applications is desirable.

Languages

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

Intern – Climate Change, I

Responsibilities
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer, the intern will:

  • Support the development of climate vulnerability assessments and diagnosis for projects developed in the Urban Lab in Mexico and Nairobi.
  • Support the analysis of green and blue infrastructure, the assessment of ecosystem services provision and the development of nature-based solutions in urban areas for climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Conduct research linked to climate change, urban regeneration, sustainable housing, energy efficiency, circular economy, and urban planning, and support the preparation of participatory workshops, trainings and presentations.
  • Support the elaboration of concept notes and project proposals, for vertical climate funds (AF, GCF, GEF, etc.) in particular, as well as normative and technical documents related to urban planning and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Assist in the development of climate-related plans, solutions, strategies, recommendations, actions and projects to support UN-Habitat interventions at national and local level, in alignment with international frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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.

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 Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Have demonstrated a 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 a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Task Opportunities:

  • Familiarizing oneself with the United Nations.
  • Familiarizing oneself with urban planning, urban environmental issues and urban development.
  • Conducting research, develop and implement projects in state-of-the-art areas of urban planning such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, digital technologies for sustainable urban development and urban resilience.
  • Assisting in the development of content and methodologies on urban planning and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Preferred areas of studies:

  • Geography, Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Climate Change Sciences, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Economy, or Architecture.

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.
  • Familiarity with project planning is required.
  • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines is desirable.

Languages

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

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