Duty Station:
Cairo, EGYPT
Duration of the internship:
6 months
Application Deadline :
9 February 2017

Posting Title: INTERN -UN-HABITAT Public Space-Regional Office for Arab States,, I
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 26 January 2017 – 09 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-UNHABITAT-71751-R-Cairo (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice

Your application for this internship must include:
1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.
2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application: http://unon.org/content/internship-programme),
– List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.
3. A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

Org. Setting and Reporting

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 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the lead entity within the United Nations system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements and urbanisation. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context of a rapidly urbanising world. UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS) was established in 2011 in Cairo, Egypt, and provides technical cooperation and capacity building for 18 countries across the Arab region. The Regional Office promotes and implements policies, programmes and operational projects in UN-Habitat’s focus areas, at regional, national, and local levels, aimed at achieving sustainable urban development in the countries of the region, and provide technical cooperation services, upon request from governments.

The UN-HABITAT Public Space Regional Office for Arab States, 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.


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

During the internship the intern will understand urban development challenges in the countries of the Arab Region and assist in identifying urban development priorities and support the development of urban development and planning strategies that facilitates inclusive cities that are economically and culturally vibrant and environmentally sustainable. The intern will support the mobilization of the Arab Region for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 11: ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.

The intern will particularly support the Regional Public Space Programme in achieving its overall goals. Under the direct supervision of the Public Space Expert the intern will:

-Support the overall documentation of workshops, meetings and activities that fall under the public space programme. Document the processes and the implementation of all pilot projects as well as regional exchange and learning events;
-Support in the production of communications, advocacy materials and promising practices on public space which are specifically tailored to the Arab States;
-Support the participatory design processes of pilot projects, in terms of documentation of processes as well as in engaging with local communities and local government in the implementation of the public space projects on the city level;
-Support the establishment of a regional platform on public space for knowledge sharing especially in terms of:
-Compiling case studies/best practices from all over the region (Arab states).
-Process and organise the information in a logical and sequential manner.
-Identify the translation needs and carry it out after consulting with the Public Space expert.
-Communicate with the knowledge management officer and propose cases that could be disseminated and design its format and carry out after consulting with the Public Space expert.
-Communicate with UN Women ROAS for the purpose of this regional platform and liaise with the team designated for the Public Space from UN Women ROAS.
-Initiate and carry out independent research on public space projects and experiences and gather relevant information from diverse sources;
-Contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
-Provide administrative and substantive support to meetings and conferences through identifying and contacting participants, preparing background documents and presentations, handling logistics and organisation;
-Cooperate with the Communications and Knowledge Management team to support UN-Habitat’s online presence in Arabic especially on, but not limited to, public space by drafting and/or translating web stories, and updating social media and website;
-Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Public Space Expert and/or Regional Director.


Core Competencies:
-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

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 study:
University degree (BA/BSc.), and enrolled in a post-graduate programme, or recently graduated from master’s programme, in a field of studies related to urban development such as urban planning, architecture, social science and/or development studies. Good writing and research skills is an asset.

Work Experience

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 and Arabic is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee