Intern – Communication [temporary], Amman, Jordan At United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Closing date: Monday, 17 April 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – Communication, I (Temporary Job Opening)


Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: AMMAN

Posting Period: 04 April 2023 – 18 April 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-UN-HABITAT-205975-J-Amman (O)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For nearly forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements worldwide, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. The position is in the Adaptation Fund Project in Amman, Jordan. This assignment is part of the Adaptation Fund (AF) sponsored project titled “Increasing the resilience of both displaced persons (DPs) and host communities to climate change-related water challenges in Jordan and Lebanon” which aims to support the development of a comprehensive response framework to climate change combined with the Syrian crisis, especially in an urban context. The project’s main aim is achieved through identifying effective approaches and best practices to build urban resilience, focused on actions that address water challenges and that benefit both DPs and host communities especially women and youth. The framework is not only developed for the project’s target areas but also for areas with similar contexts. The project will focus on supporting a sustainable water management approach, by reducing water use from unsustainable sources by means of reducing water losses and increasing water use efficiency and by increasing the water supply of sustainable sources via supporting water harvesting and promoting the use of non-conventional sustainable water resources. The approach also includes promoting innovative, low cost and sustainable techniques (more information on these techniques is available upon request and is included in the full/final proposal) and establishing urban-rural linkages as water challenges also impact agriculture and livelihood security. The project identifies DPs as the most vulnerable group due to socio-economic challenges that could affect the affordability to access water in the target areas. However, the project also recognizes increased tension between DPs and host communities and the needs of poor Lebanese and Jordanians. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Amman, Jordan, Adaptation Fund Project communication internship is for 6 (six) months. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussions between the intern and the supervisor(s) 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 interns’ assigned office as well as the internship period. Under the direct supervision of the Programme officer, Adaptation Fund project the intern will: – Participate in developing and implementing the Adaptation Fund (AF) projects’ communication strategies. – Provide communication support to the related teams in the AF project. – Identify, implement and use related communication tactics, tools and activities, contributing in the achievement of the AF project objectives and results as well as in the sustainability of the latter. – Identify, articulate and communicate success stories. – Liaise with project partners to ensure their contribution to communication-related actions. – Facilitate discussions during consultation meetings. – Participate in AF project site visits and prepares photographic documentation, sketches, mood boards and preliminary assessments – as requested. – Assists in designing graphic/visibility material pertaining to the unit’s different projects. – Supports architectural, urban, and environmental research and analysis. – Contributes to awareness-raising schemes for local authorities and communities. – Supports in any other tasks or duties required to ensure the program’s sustainability and growth.

CompetenciesCommunication: 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.

EducationApplicants 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 Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office). Have demonstrated a 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 includes a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. Preferred areas of studies:

Work ExperienceNo 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. Experience in communication, public relations, management, media, and journalism is required. Knowledge in communicating any of the following: climate change adaptation, water resources management, sustainable development, development cooperation, environment, international affairs is desirable. knowledge in working across a range of media platforms is desirable.

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

AssessmentPotential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special NoticeYour 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 ConsiderationsAccording 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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