INTERN – Strategic Monitoring and Reporting at United Nations Human Settlements Programme

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 Strategic Monitoring and Reporting Unit is about to launch a global online Urban Agenda Platform that will serve as the central progress reporting mechanism on the New Urban Agenda and urban-related SDGs, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovation and best practices. It is expected that the Platform will be an innovative knowledge management tool for the Agency and the UN system. It will be a key contribution by UN-Habitat to the Knowledge Pillar of the UN system-wide approach to sustainable urbanization.

The Platform will advance the systematic access, progress tracking, sharing, and uptake of best practices and policies by the member states and key partners. The Intern will provide support and contribute to the coordination, development and launch support of the Platform

An intern will be required to operate off -site and no travel request will be approved, either as part of on boarding, or during the tenure of internship.

The UN-Habitat Strategic Monitoring and Reporting Intern internship is for 3 months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

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; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the Supervision of the Officer in charge the intern will:

– Generate news articles for the Platform on the New Urban Agenda, urban targets of Sustainable Development Goals, Paris, and Sendai Frameworks, global commitments, and UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020/23.
– Translate information/data from the Urban Indicators Database into news stories and visual infographics and other contents for the Portal’s Data Analytics component.
– Support the preparation of outputs such as concept notes, technical briefings, and other documentation related to the Platform. This include copy-editing of texts, modification of content and materials based on developed templates.
– Support overall web content creation and curation including the migrated best practices, knowledge resources and declared actions and hosted on the Platform to inspire and accelerate implementation.
– Contribute to web content management such as preparing and disseminating digital content and communications including social and multimedia.
– Assist in planning and organization of virtual meetings and substantive presentations.
– Perform other administrative and coordination support tasks as may be assigned by the team

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 a Bachelor’s degree,Masters, Ph.D 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 willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred Area of Study:Development Studies, Urban development, or Digital communications.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme. Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a Bachelor’s degree, Masters, Ph.D or equivalent?

Languages

For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

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.

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.

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