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 Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) was established in 1997 in Fukuoka, Japan. The Office serves countries in the Asia and Pacific region to implement the Habitat Agenda and to advocate for the New Urban Agenda 2016-2036. Currently UN-Habitat ROAP implements projects in 21 countries. Countries with UN-Habitat Offices include: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. UN-Habitat further has a liaison office in Bangkok with Thematic priorities and for development partner liaison. The responsibilities of UN-Habitat ROAP, the Country Offices and the Bangkok office, cover many aspects of human settlement development, combining operational activities (responding to government requests to develop and technically support innovative projects and programmes), as well as developing and field-testing normative activities (advocating increased support to the urban sector, as well as documenting and sharing good practices for policy guidance, and campaigning for Sustainable Urbanization).
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 Programme Officer, the intern will focus his/her work on one or more of the following thematic and operational areas of ROAP:
- Support country level and sub-regional programmes.
- Cities and Climate Change Initiative.
- Global Land Tools Network.
- People’s Process of Settlement Development.
- Participatory Slum Upgrading Project.
- Post 2015 Development Agenda / New Urban Agenda Implementation.
- Support to UN-Habitat inclusion in UNDAFs.
- Project/Programme Financial Management.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Assist in the preparation of draft concept papers, background documents, position papers.
- Assist in the development of project concept notes/project briefs and project documents for resource mobilization.
- Search for funding calls for expression of interest.
- Assist with communication and information management, establishing connections between county-level and regional partners and internal colleagues.
- Assist with the management of websites and drafting of newsletters.
- Assist in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of regional workshops in Asia and the Pacific.
- Undertake other assignments as required for the development and implementation of the work programme of ROAP.
-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
-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
-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: Urban Development, Urban Planning, Urban Environment, Communications/Journalism, Business/Accounting and Development Studies.
What We Offer
- The UN-HABITAT internship is for 6 months.
- The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.
- Interns work five days per week (35-40 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.
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