UN-Habitat supports countries to implement the urban dimensions of the sustainable development agenda to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We focus on four main domains of change: Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum; enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions; strengthened climate action and improved urban environment; and effective urban crises prevention and response.
About the Role
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 Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean internship is for 6 months.
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
What You're Gonna Do
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 Office Coordinator the intern will:
- Be responsible for supporting UN-Habitat´s projects in Mexico, which includes assisting with policy analysis and design of strategic UN-Habitat interventions at national and local level, with territorial, gender and human rights crosscutting approaches.
- Support project coordinators at the national office.
- Be responsible for scheduling activities and reports.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, to support achievement of project expected results. She/he will be responsible for making records and memories of the events organized by UN-Habitat.
- Be responsible for activities like: developing urban and public space diagnosis, policies, strategies, design, architectural plans, participatory workshops, training, and tools; conducting research on urban design and public space and consolidating best practices and case studies and best practices; assisting in the elaboration of urban design documents, guidelines,
information materials, and presentations through identification and review of relevant publications and documents, drafting and commenting on documents, and assisting in producing information materials.
- Tailor language, tone and style to assist in establishing connection between UN-Habitat's counterparts in negotiation purposes.
- Also be involved in inter-agency initiatives at national areas in which UN-Habitat actively participates, incorporating the UN-Habitat's mandates as principles and developing technical inputs as needed.
- Work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team
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 willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
Preferred area of studies:
Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning and/or related areas or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (Bachelor´s or equivalent) in architecture, urbanism, and/or related areas.
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.
Are you familiar with project planning?
Are you able to work under tight deadlines and multitask?
Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?
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.
What We Offer
Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.
The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
This job is available for international candidates.