Title:  Intern - UNIDO Country Office in Kenya

​​Requisition ID: 1327 
Grade: Intern 
Country: Kenya 
Duty Station: Nairobi 
Category: Internship
Type of Job Posting: External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular

Internship Duration: 3-6 months
Application Deadline: 07-Dec-2022


Vacancy Announcement


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.


The Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for UNIDO's relations with Member States and all external partners, including through the Policymaking Organs. It plays a central role for interaction and collaboration with traditional and non-traditional donors; oversees the regional bureaus as well as the network of established field offices, liaison offices and Investment and Technology Promotion Offices; and supports the implementation of particularly complex projects, programmes and special assignments, thus also fulfilling an important role in safeguarding their quality and the reputation of the Organization.

The Division of Regional Bureaus and Field Offices (GLO/RFO) coordinates the field representation and interventions of UNIDO in Member States and regions. Within this context, the Division is responsible for determining programmatic priorities for UNIDO's services and ensuring that UNIDO responds to the specific needs and requirements of Member States and development partners at the country and regional levels. It facilitates, upon guidance of GLO/FLS, the development of regional strategies, country programmes (including Programmes for Country Partnership, PCPs) and monitors their implementation. The Division encompasses all the UNIDO field offices and the five Regional Bureaus: Africa (GLO/RFO/AFR), also hosting the IDDA III Secretariat; Arab Region (GLO/RFO/ARB); Asia and the Pacific (GLO/RFO/ASP); Europe and Central Asia (GLO/RFO/EUR); and Latin American and the Caribbean (GLO/RFO/LAC).

This internship position is located under the UNIDO Country Office in Nairobi, Kenya, which is responsible for representing UNIDO in Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Seychelles, and South Sudan and promoting the Organization as an effective partner for development, and for this purpose maintain close contact with all local stakeholders at the country and regional levels as appropriate, including government institutions and international entities. 

The duration of an internship at UNIDO is between three to six months, is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member, in the department or office that they are assigned to. Interns shall cover all costs associated with their internship, including visas, travel to and from the duty station, insurance, transportation, accommodation and living expenses.



The intern shall work under the direct supervision of an officer designated by the UNIDO Country Representative and be engaged as follows:

a.   Exposed to the regular core functions of the Country Office and as such shall have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations and engage in on-the-job training in specific actions delegated by the supervisor.

b.   Engaged in a specific self-contained assignment described below:

  • Support the Country Office to promote and implement the self-starter Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) Kenya and its technical cooperation (TC) activities, through on-demand based project identification and development, resource and partnership mapping, and reporting. 
  • Support UNIDO’s participation in the SDG Partnership Platform technical working groups.
  • Support collection and consolidation of information and data for reporting of UNSDCF reports and in UNINFO.  
  • Participate in UN technical working group, seminars, meetings, conferences and other stakeholder meetings and prepare briefs for the office.
  • Assist with ICT procedures in the organization of meetings, workshops, seminars, and other similar activities, supporting with the setup of hardware and software tools
  • Compile best practice and lessons learned on key thematic areas of UNIDO’s interventions 
  • Assist with the organization and reporting of meetings, workshops, seminars and other similar activities
  • Support communication of UNIDO initiatives and activities.
  • Provide ICT support to the field office and project staff: Implement, manage and maintain ICT services; provide onsite support of ICT; maintain communication systems and equipment; set up and administer ICT security systems and maintain/follow up appropriate maintenance contracts for all ICT equipment.
  • Perform duties as assigned.


c.   Support other special emerging projects that may enhance the learning experience of the intern.

The Intern will be required to prepare an end-of-internship report, which will be submitted to and cleared by UNIDO Internship Coordination.



Age: Minimum 20 years on the first day of the internship.
Education: Enrolled in a university degree programme; or begin the internship within one year of completing a university degree; or completed a university degree and be sponsored as part of an academic or development programme. 
Field of specialization: environment, economics, business administration, ICT or a field relevant to UNIDO’s mandate and service areas.
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.
Other skills: Proficiency in the use of standard software applications. Previous exposure in project management is an asset.



Core Values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially. 
WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner. 
WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective. 

Key Competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity. 
WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world. 
WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work. 
WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: to stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another. 




Become acquainted with the most up-to-date technical, economic and industrial developments in the relevant field of specialization of the Country Office. Furthermore, intern is expected to deepen their knowledge in the fields of new product/service and process design.
Gain experience in project design/management.
On the job training: participation in every phase of the working process.
Gain experience in working effectively in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

UNIDO Interns are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity at all times, both at work and outside.
Only candidates who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for internships at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted through the UNIDO Online Recruitment System.

Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.careers.unido.org

Notice to applicants:
UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact: internship@unido.org