Intern – Research and Programme Support

Location : Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :12-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :0d 15h 24m
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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’s vision of “a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world” is bold and ambitious. UN-Habitat works with partners to build inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities. UN-Habitat promotes urbanization as a positive transformative force for people and communities, reducing inequality, discrimination and poverty.

UN-Habitat works in over 90 countries to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action. UN-Habitat’s new strategic plan 2020-2023 adopts a more strategic and integrated approach to solving the challenges and opportunities of twenty-first century cities and other human settlements. Our mission embodies the four main roles of the organization, which can be summarized as: think, do, share and partner.

In Mozambique since 2002, we are dedicated to working for a sustainable and resilient urban future for Mozambique. Over the past 19 years, UN-Habitat Mozambique has been developing and implementing a country programme based on the priority areas defined by Government of Mozambique, development partners and the main global development agendas. Currently, UN-Habitat Mozambique’s three programme pillars are: Sustainable Urbanisation; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation; and Security of Land Tenure and Affordable Housing.

UN-Habitat has a long experience in Mozambique and has gained trust and credibility from the government and different partners for its work in the field of disaster risk reduction, urban planning, resilience and housing. The work carried out translates into technical advisory and normative services, a broad array of publications, pilot construction projects (school, health posts, radio station and housing, etc.), slum upgrading projects, plan and policy development and training of local, provincial and national staff. UN-Habitat adopts a strong community based and participatory approach with local communities and authorities in all its activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within Habitat Country Programme Development (HCPD):

  • Provide assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, press releases and statements;
  • Provide assistance in maintaining records and datasets;

Conduct research, including document, legal and internet searches:

  • Support the senior management of UN-Habitat Country Office liaising with (1) other branches, sections, regional office and country team within UN-Habitat, and with (2) main Government institutions related with reporting, development and approval of HCPD namely MINEC, MOPHRH, MAEFP, MITA, MISAU and MINEDH;
  • Support the team in the development of situational analyses reports, desk review to generate roadmap for approval of new HCPD and establishment of Host Agreement between Government of Mozambique and UN-Habitat;
  • Support the organization of meetings and preparation of workshops, including elaboration of reports and maintain records of meetings and workshops;
  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.


IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.

Other competencies and attitude:

  • Communication, Planning and Organizing, and Teamwork;
  • Knowledge of Mozambican development partners environment is an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Field of study: International Studies, International Relations or equivalent;
  • To qualify for an internship with the United Nations, applicants must meet one of the following requirement: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme - second university degree or equivalent, or higher – (b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (bachelor's level or equivalent).

Language skills:

  • Portuguese and English required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding access to UN premises and other mandatory measures adopted at country level. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

  • Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted;
  • The internship is for Nationals (Mozambicans) and full-time;
  • Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

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