Finance And Budget Internship At The United Nations Office At Nairobi (UNON)

    Vacancy Description

    The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing Administrative, conference, Security and information services (

    The UNON Finance and Budget internship is for 6 months.

    The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

    Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


    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 Chief and team leaders, the intern will:

    -Record inter-office voucher expenditures incurred by UNDP on behalf of UNON, UNEP and UN-Habitat, Adjustments in Umoja, analysis and reconciliation of ledgers.
    – Inform Payees of claims status, Maintain statistics to monitor performance and whenever possible, client satisfaction, process DSA/Advances , Hand Carried DSA, invoices, vendor statements and other payment requests.
    – Deliver cheques and documents for signature by authorized signatory panel, take minutes, manage TSU library and delivery book, sorting and dispatching of receipts to UNEP and UN-Habitat,
    Cheque preparation and documentation, bank reconciliation.
    – Review of payroll simulation output, analysis of general ledgers, monitoring of staff receivables/payable.
    – assist in monitoring of applying deposits, follow up on receivables etc.
    – Assist in general office administrative tasks and any other tasks that may be assigned.

    Core Competencies:


    -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


    -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:

    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).
    c. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

    Be computer literate in standard software applications.

    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 willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

    Preferred Area of Study: Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field.

    Work Experience

    Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.


    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 UN Language is desirable.


    Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

    Special Notice

    Your application for this internship must include:

    1.A Completed application (Personal History Profile) through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. In your Personal History Profile (PHP), be sure to include all past
    work experiences, IT Skills, and three references.

    2.Proof of enrollment (click on link to access and attach to your application:,

    – List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in using, and Explain why you are the best candidate for the internship and what you hope to gain from the internship.

    3.A certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

    Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.


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