INTERN - Urban Circuit [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

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Org. 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.

Urban October is celebrated globally every year through the promotion of activities, events and discussions around urban sustainability. It aims at encouraging all urban actors from various sectors to engage in and debate on the rationale and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDG11. Starting with the World Habitat Day and closing with the World Cities Day, different urban themes are selected every year in order to foster debates on its benefits and challenges. The themes for 2018 were “Municipal Solid Waste Management” and “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities”.

In order to celebrate these days and raise awareness on these themes in a more effec¬tive and comprehensive way, UN-Habitat office in Brazil has taken in 2018 the initiative to launch a national initiative called the “Urban Circuit” (Circuito Urbano in Portuguese). Through a public call for events through our social networks, numerous organizations from around the country applied to host “urban events”. More than half of the proposals were selected by UN-Habitat and received in this way visibility and institutional support from our Agency.

This year, Urban October kicks off the month with World Habitat Day on 7 October 2019, with the theme “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth” and it will end with World Cities Day on 31 October 2019, guided by “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations”.

Continuing the efforts to celebrate Urban October and disseminate UN-Habitat’s work within Brazilian population, the Urban Circuit 2019 will be launched. An Urban Circuit Intern is needed to support UN-Habitat office in Brazil with this initiative and others in parallel that might arise to promote sustainable urban development.

The UN-Habitat Urban Circuit internship is for 4 months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Organization.

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 UN¬-Habitat Brazil Office, the intern will:
- Review and translate documents, language and design of the contents of the 2019 Urban Circuit, for example, press briefings, web landing pages, social media posts, etc.
- Get involved in scheduling activities, events and reports, providing support to the communication strategy and working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
- Support and manage the 2019 Urban Circuit main receipt media (e-mail) of enquires and applications through all the initiative due process.
- Monitor the social participation on the different digital channels for prompt content updating and response to comments and questions.
- Support media posting and communications.
- Prepare inputs for progress and final reports to UN-Habitat’s Head Quarters (English) and Brazilian media (Portuguese).
- Straining activities and verification of correct procedures within the different event’s organizers.
- Support the coordination of Urban Circuit volunteers.
- Review and support conception of documents for the adequate verification of the different activities developed by the team within the initiative, or other processes and projects, if requested.
- Support the maintenance and organization of the Urban Circuit information and contact base and corresponding files.
- Work in other different initiatives that might arise in parallel of the 2019 Urban Circuit.
- Coordinate and administer support tasks as 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 Studies:
International Relations, Architecture and Urbanism, Communication or related areas all with an urban focus.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the Programme.


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 Spanish and Portuguese Language 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

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.

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.

No Fee


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