INTERN – Civil Engineering Specialist at United Nations Human Settlements Programme
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- Company: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
- Location: Kenya
- State: Nairobi
- Job type: Internship
- Job category: Engineering Jobs in Kenya
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 internship position is located at the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa (ROAF). The intern will work closely with human settlements advisors, and will participate in the management and visibility of projects / programs. He/She will report to the Human Settlements Officer in Charge of Francophone Countries at the Regional Office for Africa. The intern will support the implementation and monitoring of activities and projects in the following areas:
Housing and infrastructure design
Construction Methods and Management
Housing and slum upgrading
Research and capacity development
Structural Analysis and Design
Urban planning and urban and regional planning
Basic social services (water, sanitation and renewable energy)
Online communication and monitoring
The UN-Habitat Civil engineering specialist 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.
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.
Under the Supervision of Human Settlements Officer, the intern will:
– Assist in the design of advocacy and awareness tools.
– Assist in the development and implementation of the ROAF work plan tracking system.
– Track key indicators and monitor their reports and comments with partners, including with regional offices.
– Assist with research, development and design of projects.
– Prepare calculations, drawings, specifications, and quantity and cost estimates.
– Assist with the preparation of engineering drawings and documents as assigned.
– Assist with website and social media engagement .
– Perform other duties relevant to the candidate and ROAF,as determined jointly.
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 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.
Preferred Area of Studies:
Civil engineering, Architecture, Geography, Urban Planning or any relevant field are preferred.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN Language is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
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).