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Green Infrastructure Intern, Cairo, Egypt

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Organization: UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

Office: UN-HABITAT Cairo

Closing date: Thursday, 6 January 2022

Posting Title: Green Infrastructure Intern, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: CAIRO

Posting Period: 23 December 2021 – 06 January 2022

Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-171438-J-Cairo (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational 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.

UN HABITAT Egypt is continuing to grow rapidly to address the ever-growing needs of Egypt’s urban cities. In this light, UN HABITAT is launching a number of projects and initiatives in the mobility sector with the aim of promoting sustainable mobility practices and policies. Mobility is fundamentally about granting access to opportunities and empowering people to fully exercise their human rights.

The sustainable mobility projects in process are managed by the Basic Services and Climate Change Programme (BSCC). Key projects include establishing Egypt’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that connects new cities with the capital, as well as Egypt’s first public Bike-Sharing system to be implemented in central Cairo. This is continuously complemented with initiatives and complementary projects that ensure the advancement of the bigger picture of sustainable mobility in a holistic and people-centred and gender-sensitive manner.

Further to activities in mobility, there are planned expansion of the portfolio of sustainable cities activities in Egypt into the fields of urban agriculture and green infrastructure in pursuit of more climate-resilient cities, and in alignment with Egypt’s climate change strategy priorities and preparations for hosting the Conference of Parties (COP27) in Egypt

Major challenges facing the cities of Egypt include the accelerating impact of concrete-intensive and asphalt-intensive hardscape construction and depletion of natural assets in the city. This implies multiple adverse environmental impacts including impact on urban biodiversity and thermal discomfort for urban dwellers as a result of the heat island effect among other impacts. In this respect, the envisioned future phase of developments in the city involves conservation and expansion in urban natural assets and advancing diverse solutions of green infrastructure to improve climate adaptation capacity and enhance quality of life. This includes potential interventions in stormwater management, urban agriculture (including rooftop spaces), heat stress mitigation, air quality improvement, sustainable energy production, clean water, enhancing the quality of life, aesthetics, and shading elements in the city, and maximizing the impacts on the overall quality of life. It is notable that these elements also indirectly serve the promotion of walking, cycling, and public transport through improvement of thermal comfort and enjoyability of commuting experiences in the city.

In this respect, the BSCC programme is now looking to assess the diversity of civic-, public-, and private-sector stakeholders in the various proposed projects for green infrastructure, assessing needs, as well as preparing concept notes and developing partnerships to advance the BSCC green agenda.

The Basic Services and Climate Change Programme internship is for 6 months.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week 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 Basic Services and Climate Change Programme, Egypt Office ,the intern will:

Assist in drafting concept note on green infrastructure awareness campaign.

Visualize data collected during needs assessment and concept note preparation phases for green infrastructure projects being developed by the BSCC programme.

Conducting research on international experiences in addressing heat island effects and reference projects successes and failures. c2oCjnG CWdGWq

Contribute to proposal writing and business development, including undergoing extensive research, developing project vision and strategy, putting together presentations for different stakeholders, support in meetings and networking.

Undertake extensive literature review and stakeholder consultations focusing on the key challenges in Green Infrastructure in Egypt’s major cities.


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);

  1. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  2. Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent

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 studies: B.Sc. in a relevant field (Architecture, Urban Design or Urban Planning, or a justified equivalent discipline or proven experience). Data visualization skills. Able to use Adobe software.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Do you have high proficiency in Microsoft Office?

Do you have experience in non-profit/voluntary activity?


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 Arabic is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the 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).

  1. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).
  2. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

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

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.”

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.