United Nations Vacancies in Nairobi, Kenya 2019
Job Employment Kenya: United Nations Vacancies in Nairobi, Kenya 2019
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Human Resource Officers

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN
headquarters in Africa and the respective office of the Secretary-General. UNON
supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and
the UN Human Settlements Programme UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as other UN
offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information
services (www.unon.org). This post is located in the Human Resources Management
Service (HRMS) within the Division of Administrative Services of the United
Nations Office at Nairobi.

Under the supervision of the Chief,
Talent Management Unit, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the
following duties:
1. Identifying upcoming job openings in coordination with client
2. Reviewing draft job openings, conducting Human Resources assessments of
applications, and monitoring recruitment actions in coordination with client
3. Reviewing recommendations on the selection of candidates by client offices
with a view to ensuring conformity with UN staff selection system policies;
4. Serving as ex-officio/secretary to central review bodies; preparing and
presenting cases to these bodies;
5. Advising Human Resources Assistants on recruitment related activities,
including the preparation of job offers for successful candidates;
6. Providing advice and support to managers and staff on human resources
related matters;
7. Keeping abreast of developments in various areas of human resources;
8. Providing advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations
and rules, including exceptions to such policies;
9. Supervising the work of the Human Resources Assistants in carrying out human
resources administrative transactions, including preparation of personnel
actions, maintenance of staffing tables, and processing of contracts;
10. Overseeing the maintenance of filing systems;
11.Preparing classification analysis of jobs in the Professional and General
Service and related categories and provide guidance to programme managers on
the application of classification policies and procedures;
12.Perform other related tasks as requested by the Chief, HRMS.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices
and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability
to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence
and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting
commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by
professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with
difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
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.
clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority
activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates
appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks
and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and
actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in
public or business administration, human resources management or related area
is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional
years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible
experience in human resources management, administration or related area, with
at least three years at the international level is required. Experience in the
area of recruitment and staffing is required.
English and French are the official languages of the United
Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is
required. Knowledge of a second UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a
substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
This position is temporarily available for an initial period of
364 days.
If the selected candidate is a staff
member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered
as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may
provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work
experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no
bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
Extension of the appointment is
subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the
authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this
context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their
careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
Staff members of the United Nations
common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or
retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not
eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current
temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of
Retirees above the mandatory age of
separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must
indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees
shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational
requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are
qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed
employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment
opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and
operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
The United Nations is Secretariat is
committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are
strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
All applicants are strongly
encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been
posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line
applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you
do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your
application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the
application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical
assistance through the Inspira “Need Help?”link.

Individual contractors and
consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months,
irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for
professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions and their
applications will not be considered.
Internal Applicants – when completing
the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information
are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring
manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to
contact you.
According 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.
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.
INTERN – Data Analysis and Literature Review
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.
The UN-Habitat Data Analysis and
Literature Review internship is for 6 months.
The Internship is UNPAID and
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.
Under the supervision of the UEFB
focal point, the intern will:
– support the compilation and analysis of data from a range of academic
articles, official government reports, data banks and other sources of
– Literature review.
– Collection and processing of data on municipal and subnational finance.
– Excel-based analysis and delivery of data visualizations.
– Support of project lead on ad-hoc issues around the office including among
other things the writing of concept notes, preparation of talking points and
the preparation of PowerPoint Presentations.
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
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 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 Area of Study:
Economics, Economic Development, Finance, Public Policy, Statistics or Related
Field, at a top-tier university.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience
for participation in the programme.
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 Spanish highly is desirable.
Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly
for further consideration.
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
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.


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