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Internship – UNV Unit Kenya Field Office
Advertised on behalf of :
Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline : 23-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 3d 12h 16m
Additional Category : Management
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract : 3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment : Assignments normally last a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of six months.

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Volunteerism is one of the most vital delivery mechanisms for social, environmental and economic transformation, ensuring a lasting impact with its ability to change people’s mindsets, attitudes and behaviours. People become actors of change and equal partners in the attainment of local, national and international progress towards sustainable human development and global peace.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme recognizes the shared universal values underpinning volunteerism – free will, commitment, equity, engagement, solidarity, compassion, empathy and respect for others. Since its establishment in 1970, UNV has enabled thousands of volunteers around the globe to contribute to advancing human development and fostering progress towards a better world.

Kenya has the largest number of UN Volunteers globally in a development setting and was one of the leading pilot countries in the world that mobilized Peace Monitors during election period in 2013, this under a UNDP administered project. As of March 2018, the total number of UN Volunteers assigned to Kenya is 177, with the number rapidly growing


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNV Program Assistant and overall supervision of the Programme Associate, the UNV Intern provides general administrative support services to the UNV unit to maintain optimum daily client services with UN Volunteers in a large country office. The UNV intern will

  • Assist in the preparation of arrival documentation for incoming national and international UN Volunteers;
  • Help prepare supporting documentation for payment of initial entitlements for national and international UN Volunteers;
  • Help keep up-to-date internal hard and soft information management system;
  • Assist in the preparation of contract extensions and/or renewal documents;
  • Assist in a timely delivery of the interview process for to-be recruited UN Volunteers through timely drafting and compiling of interview reports, scheduling interviews, …;
  • Assist in the induction process for incoming national and international UN Volunteers;
  • Any other task assigned.


Specific competencies

  • Excellent timely and punctual administrative oversight;
  • Knowledge and understanding of HR-principles;
  • Good drafting skills.

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNV;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.



Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

  • A first degree in Office or Business Administration;
  • Knowledge of human resources principles is a distinctive advantage;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.


Applicants for the UNV internship must – at the time of application – be enrolled in the final academic year, have graduated and be within one-year of graduation of any of the hereunder of first university degree programmes – Bachelors or Masters degree – in the fields of Office Administration or  Business Administration.


  • Fluency in English with excellent drafting skills;
  • Knowledge of any other official UN-language is an advantage.


The internship assignment is for a period of 3 months.


  • Interns are considered gratis personnel. They are not staff members.
  • Interns may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts.
  • Interns may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.

Third-party claim

UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.

Interns’ Expenses
Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. All costs connected with an intern’s participation in the Programme must be borne by:

  • The nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students;
  • The student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his/her own arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations during their internship with UNDP.

Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which:

  • Requires transportation to the Place of official Residence, Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or
  • Results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Place of official Residence the Home Country, or Country of Residence.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Female candidates, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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