UN-Habitat Urban Law Internship


Vacancy Description

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 Unit has the mandate to promote enabling legislation adequate to meet the challenges of rapid urbanization. Urban law is the collection of policies, laws, decisions and practices that govern the management and development of the urban environment. The urban legislative initiative is premised on the recognition of the role that good laws and institutions play to bring about sustainable urban development. Good laws invariably underpin effective governance and political reforms related to decentralization, rule of law, transparency and accountability.

UN-Habitat’s work on Urban Law operates on several levels:

– Developing programmes among UN-Habitat branches and offices, as well as other partners, to deliver integrated packages of assistance for urban development.
– The development of innovative approaches, tools and methodologies to particular problems in urban law reform.
– The creation and sharing of information about urban law.

The UN-Habitat Urban Law internship is for 6 months.

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week (35 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 direct supervision of the Human Settlement Officer (Urban Legislation Unit), the intern will:

– Assist in carrying out research and studies on a range of urban legal topics;
– Analyze and present the data gathered from diverse sources;
– Contribute to written outputs e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies and inputs to publications;
– Assist in the population and maintaining of UrbanLex database;
– Review and produce summaries on existing courses in urban law to support the Unit’s effort to produce training packages on urban law for local authorities;
– Assist with the production of communication materials and updates for the Unit’s websites;
– Assist in organizing expert group meetings, consultative and other meetings and conferences; support outreach activities;
– Perform any other duties as may be required.


Communication: 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.

Teamwork: 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 Areas of Study: Studies in law, international diplomacy, and related subjects.

Work Experience: Not Applicable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic and French 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) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

– Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
– Graduation Date
– IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
– Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

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

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United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

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UN-Habitat Urban Law Internship INTERN October 21, 2019 2019-11-04 Nairobi, Gigiri 0 KES
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