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Programme Support Intern, Dakar, Senegal

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Organization: UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Country: Senegal

City: Dakar

Office: UN-Habitat in Dakar, Senegal

Closing date: Thursday, 6 January 2022

Posting Title: Programme Support Intern, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: DAKAR

Posting Period: 23 December 2021 – 06 January 2022

Job Opening Number: 21-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-171081-J-Dakar (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.

The current portfolio of UN-Habitat is expanding in West Africa and more specifically in the Sahel. For almost a decade, the Sahel region has been suffering from different conflicts which originated from indigenous populations claiming independence (Mali, spread into Burkina Faso and Niger) or caused by Boko Haram (North-East Nigeria, Northern Cameroon, Western Chad). This crisis is complex: Islamic groups carry out terror attacks in the region that exacerbate existing tensions between ethnic groups competing over access to natural resources – themselves scarcening due to the impacts of climate change – or over precious metals and minerals. As a result, approximately 14 million internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees or returnees have been displaced, with no possibility to return, through the rather porous boundaries of the Sahel. These massive movements of population have profound impacts on land tenure, property and on recipient urban settlements which have sometimes doubled or tripled in size in a few months. Local authorities are illprepared for such a rapid increase in population, with great challenges emerging in terms of basic services delivery, housing, fragile livelihoods among others, increasing not only the vulnerability of the population, but also conflict between host and displaced populations and violence within households.

As most displaced seek refuge in urban areas, UN-Habitat’s vast experience in designing strategies and carrying out concrete actions in urban areas of conflicts/post-conflict countries is very relevant. UN-Habitat aims at strengthening the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus in the region and to mobilize its spatial planning tools and multi-scaled territorial approach to understand the system of cities of the Sahel to help make the fast-growing Sahelian urbanization a more sustainable, inclusive, safe and resilient one.

UN-Habitat has developed the City Resilience Action Planning (CityRAP) Tool. The main objective of the tool is to enable local governments of secondary cities in developing countries to understand risks and plan practical actions to progressively build urban resilience. The CityRAP Tool targets local governments with no to limited experience in risk reduction and resilience planning. Its implementation helps prioritizing key actions to build the city’s resilience.

Support is needed within UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa (ROAf) for undertaking the implementation of its activities in the Central Sahel (Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal) including the development of a Regional Assessment on the System of Cities of the Sahel and the implementation of CityRAP in seven cities of the Sahel.

The Regional Office for Africa 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 Senior Human Settlement Officer (SHSO) and the Programme Associate for West Africa, the intern will:

Familiarize him/herself with the project activities and its partners;

Familiarize him/herself with UN-Habitat’s mandate and the tools developed;

Support the Senior Human Settlement Officer (SHSO) and the Programme Associate for West Africa in implementing the project activities; c2oC1RK CWdGWq

Translate into English and French relevant documents regarding the project’s implementation;

Perform any other tasks requested by the SHSO and Programme Associate for West Africa.


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 study: Currently pursuing an advanced degree in Urban or Town Planning, Architecture, Social Science, Economics, Geography or International Development (Preferably: Master or PhD candidate; Minimum: 5th Year Undergraduate student) or recently graduated (maximum one year) at one of the previously mentioned areas.

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.

Are you familiar with the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs?

Do you have any knowledge on urban development thematic?

Are you familiar with the urban context in West Africa?


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in both English and French is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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.



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