Civil Affairs Internship at the UN Office Of The Special Envoy Of The Secretary General On The Great Lakes Region

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  • Specialism:
  • Gender Studies
  • Exp. None Required
  • Min. Qualification: Bachelor Degree

Vacancy Description

This position is in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi.

Nairobi is classified as a “B” hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff OSESG-GL Nairobi.

The duration of this Job Opening will be six (6) months only.

In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa. On 31 January 2014, two more countries, Kenya and Sudan, became signatories of the PSC Framework. The framework aims to help “address the root causes of conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence” in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region. In its Resolution 2098 (2013), the Security Council welcomed the signing of the PSC Framework. It called on the Special Envoy, in coordination with the Special Representative for the DRC to “lead, coordinate and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework, including through the establishment of benchmarks and appropriate follow-up measures”.

The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to “lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the


Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Gender Adviser in the UN System, the intern will support the Focal Point’s efforts to improve the gender balance in the United Nations system.

Activities will include:

•Provide substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for policy-making organs, as appropriate;

•Work with UN agencies to monitor and evaluate progress towards gender balance;

•Research and prepare briefs on current trends and good practice related to the equal participation of women in the workforce, and in particular decision-making positions;

•Prepare analytical advocacy materials to assist with the implementation of the mandate;

•Support the implementation of the Gender Statistics Programme in OSESG-GL Nairobi. Assist the regular monitoring of programme activities and ensure timely and comprehensive documentation of the programme evidences including taking meeting notes;

•Analyse the existing set of national level databases and survey data and re-process the raw data to generate data for gender related SDG indicators;

•Lead organising orientation, events and other workshops and coordinate meetings and initiatives with various data producers and data users, which includes government, development partners, sister UN agencies and civil society organizations.

•Contribute to the review of background documents, briefs and presentations related to the gender statistics;

•Undertake administrative tasks necessary for the implementation of the programme, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.

•Provide support to the Senior Adviser as requested



– Shows ability to monitor and analyze political, operational and security developments.

– Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues.

– Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.

– Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

– Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.


– 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.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

– Applicants must 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 programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent).

(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

– Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required; – Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or ARC GIS is desirable infographics design is an asset.

– Knowledge of managing data within Excel, and using tools to collate and present data effectively is highly desirable.

– Knowledge of basic humanitarian and human rights challenges is desirable.

– Have a 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.

Work Experience

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

Are you a student in a Bachelor’s (final year), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have you completed a degree and are able to commence an internship within a year of graduation.?

Will you be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the internship?

Is your field of study closely related to the type of internship you are applying for?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations.

Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required for the internships.

Knowledge of French is an advantage.


Candidates will be assessed based on their Personal History Profiles (PHP).

Individual interviews and/or tests may be conducted for further assessment.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in
• List your top three areas of interest
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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