Intern, Nairobi Liaison Office, Nairobi

Intern, Nairobi Liaison Office, Nairobi
Duration 3 to 6 months
Application period 06-May-2015 to 20-May-2015
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

Background Information – Job-specific

The Partnerships Practice Group (PPG) supports UNOPS efforts to build closer ties with partners across the full spectrum of UNOPS activities. By forging strategic relationships and working with partners, both in the field and at headquarters, PPG seeks to not only ensure high partners satisfaction with UNOPS project implementation and support, but also to integrate best practices and innovative solutions from experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector into UNOPS operations. Based in Copenhagen, PPG has active liaison offices in New York, Geneva, Brussels, Washington DC, and Nairobi and supports partners such as the World Bank, the European Union, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Mine Action Service, UNEP, the Global Fund, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and others.

Background Information – Kenya


The UNOPS Kenya office manages more than 60 projects in around 10 countries of eastern and southern Africa. UNOPS in Kenya helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development.


PPG’s presence in UNOPS’s Kenya office allows for direct coordination and communication with Nairobi-based UN agencies such as UNEP and UN-HABITAT.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Partnerships Advisor, Intern will be responsible for

Research and update partner profiles, specifically for global partners based in Nairobi;
Update and maintain partner profiles according to changing/shifting donor priorities, areas of focus, country strategies, inter alia;
Analyse strategic priorities and regional focus of identified key partners, such as UNEP and UN-Habitat;
Research strategic areas of cooperation with key partners based in Nairobi that support UNOPS’ positioning;
Identify best practices and lessons learnt and document such findings in a standardized format;
Conduct data collection, research and analysis in order to identify UNOPS references, methodologies and major achievements by reviewing UNOPS past project data/information ;
Prepare briefing materials and post-event summaries for a variety of workshops, missions and discussions with both internal and external partners;
Help organize events (and/or UNOPS presence at existing events) to showcase UNOPS achievements to relevant partners;
Perform other duties as required.

Learning Opportunities offered to the Intern:

In the performance of his/her duties, the intern will gain exposure to the full-range of UNOPS operations, clients, and donors. The intern will also gain key insight into the workings of the United Nations system as well as the interplay between donor-financing, partnership-building, field-work, and the political complexity involved in working at a United Nations organization.
The intern will also gain expose to an international and culturally diverse environment where s/he will be in a unique position to gain an understanding of the dynamics of working in a multicultural setting and the challenges and opportunities involved therein.
To the extent possible, the intern will have full access and be able to participate in the full range of UNOPS training and educational opportunities including, but not limited to: PRINCE2 project management courses, UN field security training, International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) orientation training, sustainable procurement/infrastructure/project management workshops/seminars, and others.

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