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(Jobs in Kenya) Intern – Urban Design and Video Game [temporary] at UN-Habitat

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN 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 Urban Economy Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to promote local capabilities of local governments to develop financial instruments to keep pace with the demands of rapid urbanization. The Urban Economy Branch has the mandate to promote plans and provide support for more efficient, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

  • Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section, the intern will:
  • Knowledge of sandbox games Minecraft.
  • Support the capacity building of communities and team members on world-building/virtual model-making.
  • Assist in the development of standard procedures for Minecraft model making.
  • Develop materials for Minecraft models visualization and gathering of data for the sites built using Minecraft.
  • The development of the technical and normative outputs of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section by assisting in gathering data, analyzing, contributing to the preparation of reports and technical documents, preparation of presentations, and other dissemination materials.
  • Maintain documentation to transfer knowledge and provide mentorship to newer team members.
  • Create, maintain, and execute Test Cases and Tasks using in-house and 3rd-party testing tools.
    Monitor and track game feature progress.
  • Identify, isolate, regress, and communicate issues/defects effectively and efficiently.

Specific Duties:

  • Support the development of high-quality Minecraft models of public spaces and urban areas;
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of digital engagement workshops;
  • Develop e-training materials for participatory workshops including the use of Minecraft;
  • Support the set-up of servers and local area networks for community workshops.
  • Support the building of final community digital models after each block-by-block workshop.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Task Opportunities:

  • Familiarizing oneself with the United Nations;
  • Familiarizing oneself with public space design and planning, community participation, social inclusion, climate change topics;
  • Participating in the dialogues with country offices, regional or local institutes, and NGOs.



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 informed.

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:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • 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 and the New Urban Agenda;
  • 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 areas of studies:

  • Gaming and Animation Technology, Games Programming, Game Design and Development, Multimedia Designer or related field that is relevant to Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, and Sustainable Urban Development.
  • The candidate should have a portfolio of projects and or realistic recreation especially of urban environments of which he/she is the author.
  • Knowledge and passionate about video-games and demonstrable understanding of game industry and gaming trends is an asset.
  • Knowledge of managing servers and local area networks is an asset.
  • Ability to play Minecraft across platforms is an asset.

Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
  • Experience in developing high-quality Minecraft models is required.
  • Experience working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals is required.

Languages : 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 desirable.


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