UNON Architect Intern Job

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa, and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (

This post is located in Facilities Management and Transport Section (FMTS) under Central Support Services in the Division of Administrative Services (DAS) of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). The interns will be under the direct supervision of Associate Logistics Officer of the UNON, DAS, FMTS (A-J Project).

The United Nations of Nairobi (UNON), Central Support Services of Division of Administrative Services (DAS), Facilities Management and Transport Section (FMTS) internship is for six (6) months. Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office, and the internship period. Under the supervision of the Associate Logistics Officer of the Facilities Management & Transportation Section – A-J Project (New Build and FWS), the intern will:

  • Assist with design drawings, make sketches and complete basic projects.
  • Discuss project requirements with your team.
  • Organize files and materials.
  • Visit worksites to make sure everything goes as planned.
  • Prepare contracts, reports, CAD drawings and diagrams.
  • Generate design development ideas.
  • Research building codes and standards.
  • Develop 3D conceptual designs.
  • Prepare design mock-ups and color boards.
  • Research the different types of building materials, lighting fixtures and other products Order product samples and do basic calculations for projects.
  • Conduct research for the project team and/or revise drawings
  • Attend project staff meetings.
  • Perform administrative work and analytical tasks

Qualifications/special skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or other related fields 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);
  •  Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent Be computer literate in standard software applications (Microsoft Office).
  • 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 a willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Have strong organizational skills is essential.
  • Applicants to the UN Internship Programme are not required to have professional work experience. However, a field of study that is closely related to the type of internship that you are applying for is required.
  • Applicants must be a student in the final year of the first university degree (bachelor or equivalent), Master’s or Ph.D. Programme or equivalent, or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PH.D. Programme. Do you meet any of the above criteria? If yes, please indicate which one and attach proof to the application. Please note that you will have to provide an official certificate at a later stage.


  • 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 official UN language is an asset.

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