Intern – Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming I (Temporary) at UN-Habitat

  • Internship
  • Nairobi



The daily tasks assigned to interns will vary based on their background, the specific office they are placed in, and the duration of their internship. Under the direct guidance of the Associate Human Rights and Social Inclusion Officer, the intern will:

  1. Assist in Capacity-Building Material Development: Support the creation of internal capacity-building materials related to human rights, gender, and social inclusion. This may involve organizing meetings and webinars, conducting background research, drafting surveys, and preparing communication materials.
  2. Contribute to Human Rights Materials: Aid in the development of human rights-related materials such as reports, publications, and concept notes. This includes tasks like conducting background research, participating in relevant meetings and events, and assisting with any related duties.
  3. Support Gender Mainstreaming Materials: Assist in the development of gender mainstreaming materials, such as reports, publications, and concept notes. Responsibilities may include conducting background research, attending relevant meetings and events, summarizing reports and documents, and more.
  4. Internal Reporting: Gather feedback from other teams to support internal reporting processes.
  5. Assist in Meetings and Events: Provide support for both internal and external meetings and events, with a focus on human rights and gender mainstreaming. Tasks may include logistical support, meeting coordination, minute-taking, preparation of support materials, drafting talking points, liaising with stakeholders, and preparing summary reports.
  6. General Support: Offer assistance to the Associate Human Rights and Social Inclusion Officer as needed, including administrative tasks such as meeting minute-taking.


  1. Effective Communication: Ability to express ideas clearly, listen actively, interpret messages accurately, and engage in two-way communication. Tailors communication style to the audience and shares information openly.
  2. Team Collaboration: Collaborates effectively with colleagues to achieve organizational objectives. Values input from others, places the team’s goals above personal interests, supports group decisions, shares credit for achievements, and accepts responsibility for team shortcomings.
  3. Client Focus: Considers all recipients of services as “clients” and strives to understand their perspectives. Builds productive partnerships, identifies client needs, matches them with appropriate solutions, and maintains communication about project progress.


Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or higher).
  • In the final year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level).
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent.
  • Proficient in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • Demonstrated interest in the United Nations’ work and a commitment to its principles.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and demonstrate tolerance for differing opinions and views.

Preferred Skills:

  • Technical understanding of the UN human rights system.
  • Knowledge of gender mainstreaming in sustainable development.
  • Familiarity with human rights-based and gender-transformative approaches in sustainable development.
  • Thorough grasp of international human rights law and practice.
  • Exceptional technical writing skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Attention to detail.

Preferred Areas of Study:

Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, or related fields.

Work Experience

No prior work experience is necessary to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. The focus should be on how your training, education, coursework, or skills can benefit the United Nations during your internship. Knowledge in human rights capacity building is required, and experience in applying a human rights-based approach to sustainable development and gender mainstreaming is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in both oral and written English is mandatory. Knowledge of another official UN language is advantageous.

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