INTERN - Graphic Design/ Communication for Urban Mobility[Temporary]

NAIROBII-1 Internship




Core Value

Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

General Information

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.


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.

As our cities and towns grow at unprecedented rates, setting the social, political, cultural and environmental trends of the world, sustainable urbanization is one of the most pressing challenges for the global community in the 21st century. In 1950, one-third of the world’s population lived in cities. Just 50 years later, this proportion has risen to one-half and will continue to grow to two-thirds, or six billion people, by 2050. Cities are now home to half of humankind. They are the hub for much national production and consumption- economic processes that generate wealth and opportunity. But they also create disease, crime, pollution and poverty. In many cities, especially in developing countries, slum dwellers number more than 50% of the population and have little or no access to shelter, water and sanitation. This is where UN-Habitat is mandated to make a difference for the better.

Steady economic growth in many countries has led to rapid and unprecedented growth in urbanization and motorization in cities. Some of the negative impacts include increased road traffic accidents, congestion and urban air pollution. To sustain the pace of higher economic growth, while ensuring social inclusion and avoiding adverse environmental impacts, countries need to develop policies that can ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach for sustainable expansion. Efficient, affordable and inclusive urban access and mobility are at the heart of sustainable urban development, poverty reduction and growth agendas of countries of the region. Through new urban regulation, planning, design and promotion of urban mobility, UN-Habitat seeks to assist government in their sustainable growth path.

Currently, UN-Habitat is working on a project called “URBAN PATHWAYS: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Urban Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda“, which seeks to support national and local governments to develop action plans and concrete implementation measures to boost low-carbon urban development in the sectors of mobility, energy and solid waste.

UN-Habitat further seeks to expand its engagement in the area of electric mobility as part of the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative - an open forum for knowledge transfer and support for the take-up of e-mobility solutions around the world.

In Cairo, UN-Habitat is engaged in planning for a gender-sensitive Bus Rapid Transit system, a modern form of public transport that will be inclusive and accessible for all, including women.

Furthermore, UN-Habitat promotes walking and cycling as part of an integrated mobility concept of cities, e.g. through Open Street Days, Peacemaking Events or Bicycle Events.

UN-Habitat also disseminates knowledge and promotes good practice at regional and international scale being done through workshops and conferences.

The UN-Habitat Graphic Design/Communication internship is for 6 months.

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.

Working under the direct supervision of the Lead, Urban Mobility Unit, the intern will:
- Support the development of publications through graphic design.
- Assist in the development of social media content.
- Assist in gathering content from experts, specialists and partners to create content for the website.
- Support photography (and videography) of projects and events.
- Conduct research on global best practices for sustainable urban mobility.
- Provide logistical support to upcoming events and meetings organized by the Urban Mobility Unit.
- Accompany staff in project meetings and capacity building sessions. Support preparation of presentations for such meetings and follow-up on activities.
- Assist Urban Mobility Unit in the conduct of events such as peacemaking, Open Street Days or Bicycle Events in collaboration with NGOs and city partners.
- Undertake any other tasks given by the unit leader in relation to urban mobility.


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


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:
Graphic Design, Journalism, Multimedia Arts and Communication, or another field deemed relevant to the subject areas covered by the Programme for the purpose of this internship.


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 another UN Language is desirable.


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