Political Affairs Internship at United Nations in Kenya

Political Affairs Internship at United Nations in Kenya

Kenya 16 Oct 2021


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Applications call for Political Affairs Internship at United Nations in Kenya

The United Nations Office Of The Special Envoy Of The Secretary-General On The Great Lakes Region calls application for Political Affairs Internship in Kenya. This position is in the Office of the Special Envoy of The Secretary-General for the Great Lakes in Nairobi. Nairobi is classified as a B hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports directly to a designation Supervisor OSESG-GL Nairobi. The duration of this Job Opening will be six (6) months only.


Under the overall guidance of the designated Supervisor, the Intern will:

•Conduct research on various issues, including political and security developments, human rights, economic and social developments, humanitarian issues in the Great Lakes region;
•Contribute to the preparation of concept notes, project proposals, weekly reports, background papers, briefing notes, Talking Points and other relevant documents;
•Provide support in the coordination and substantive servicing of meetings, including coordinating participation of key stakeholders, contributing to the preparation of relevant documents and undertaking other related tasks;
•Support the preparation of presentations and other visual materials;
•Assist in the development of databases and other office management tools;
•Support the production of web stories and updating of social media; and
•Undertake other assignments as required.


•Demonstrates professional competence;
•Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
•Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
•Be able to interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs; and
•Be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

•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; and
•Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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; and
•Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
•Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or
•Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum
•Bachelor's level or equivalent);
•Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2. Be computer literate in standard software applications.

3. Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal
commitment to the ideals of the Charter.

4. 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.

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. However, exposure to political affairs and/or peacekeeping operations is an asset.
Applicants are required to be either a student enrolled in a Bachelor's (final year), Master's or
Ph.D. program or equivalent. Applicants who recently completed their degree must be able to
commence the internship within a year of graduation.
Applicants should be able to cover the cost of travel including visa, accommodation and other
living expenses for the duration of the internship.
Applicants should have a field study closely related to the internship they are applying for.
Knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required.
Knowledge in managing data using excel or other tools to collate and present data effectively
is desirable.
Applicants should have a field of study closely related to the internship they are applying for is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.

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