United Nations is Recruiting Innovation Internships (2024)

Closes 12 March 2024

United Nations – UN was created in 1945 to become a peacekeeping organisation and a body for nations to resolve conflicts amongst them. The UN was created in response to the destruction caused by World War I and World War II. 

United Nations was established by the Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice. The Charter was signed on June 26, 1945 by representatives of 50 countries. The UN officially came into existence four months later on October 24, 1945.

United Nations replaced the League of Nations, which had failed to prevent the outbreak of World War II. The United Nations has several main bodies that serve different purposes, including the Secretariat, which is the main administrative organ of the UN. The UN also has a number of specialized agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the International Labour Organization.

UN currently has 193 member countries. Each of the Member States of the United Nations has one seat in the General Assembly.

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Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations 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 position is located in the Knowledge and Innovation Branch, located within the External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation Division (ERSKID) of UN-Habitat at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

ERSKID is responsible for strategic planning, programmatic direction and operationalization of UN-Habitat’s focal point role for the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal 11 in the UN system.

The Knowledge and Innovation Branch (KIB) is responsible for leading the development of UN-Habitat’s flagship reports, the gathering and reporting on urban data, and the production of cutting-edge knowledge and innovation on cities and urban development. Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Chief of the Knowledge and Innovation Branch, the intern will:

– Conduct research on key trends in sustainable urban development and innovation across the globe, including in the realm of smart cities.

– Produce written inputs and support drafting of key UN-Habitat reports, strategies, concept notes, and technical papers. – Participate in the development of strategic frameworks on urban data and analytics, internal knowledge management and university engagement.

– Support activities related to the development and implementation of an index measuring global performance on sustainable urban development.

– Support the execution and development of new innovation projects, partnerships and initiatives, including on smart cities and the adoption of frontier technologies in urban areas

– Assist in the planning and organization of conferences and substantive presentations

– Perform any other related tasks as may be assigned by the team Required Skills & Competencies

– Superb writing skills

– Strong interest in and knowledge of urban issues, including the use of digital technologies in cities.

– Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially in producing well-formatted, high-quality PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Excel workbooks

Qualifications/special skills

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 (Microsoft Office Suite).

Have demonstrated a 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 includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Preferred areas of study: Studies in: Urban planning, architecture, smart cities, data science, digital policy and governance, international relations, political science, economics, or related areas.

Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience.

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