INTERN – Programme Assistant – UN HABITAT, Moçambique


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 posts are located in the Regional Office for Africa (ROAf) in Maputo, Mozambique.

Over the next 20 years, 95% of global urban growth will occur in developing and emerging countries, dramatically increasing the concentration of people and assets exposed to climate risks. Proactive and preventive actions are critical to minimize and better manage future risks. In view of this, UN-Habitat has been engaged in several initiatives to increase resilience to climate and disaster risk in Cities, through development of tools and projects to strengthen resilience in cities and communities. The Urban Resilience Projects consist in coordinated and strategic actions to improve City´s ability to prepare for, respond to, and adapt to a changing climate, natural hazards as well as to withstand and rapidly recover from diverse shocks such as economic and social. In 2013 UN-Habitat established the Sub-regional Technical Center for Disaster Risk Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience (DiMSUR), where four countries are part of in Sub-Saharan Africa: Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Union of Comoros. The Center recently hosted by the Mozambican Government. Within the scope of this Center many projects aiming at Strengthening Resilience in Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are being implementing and funds mobilized. Furthermore, DiMSUR developed it´s flagship product in 2015, the City Resilience Action Plan (CityRAP) Tool which has been implemented in several cities in Africa. Other ongoing projects are the City Resilience Profiling Programme which consists in the implementation of the City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) and the Resilience Dialogue Series.

The UN- HABITAT Programme Assistant 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.

Under the Supervision of the Programme Officer, the intern will:
– Support the implementation of the DiMSUR´s work plan
– Support the implementation of the City Resilience Action Planning Tool
– Support the implementation of the City Resilience Profiling Tool
– Support the Urban Resilience Dialogue Series
– Support urban resilience project proposals development

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: Bachelor or Master Degree (completed or final phase) in Environment, Geography, Urban Development, International Development or related areas.

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 is required. Knowledge of another United Nations language is desirable.

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) 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:,
– 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.

Location: Maputo, Mozambique

Deadline: 19 June 2018

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