Planning Intern (6 months - paid position)Start date:
9th January, 2020End date:
30th June, 2020Office Location:
Kenyatta Market, Nairobi, KenyaDisciplines Sought:
Urban or Environmental Planning, Community Development, Disaster Risk, ResearchClosing date:
Friday 29th November, 2019
Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization that was founded in 2006. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities. KDI works with community members to improve social, economic and physical conditions in diverse settings. Formed in 2006 in Nairobi, KDI now also has offices in California and Stockholm.
Our Nairobi based team is looking for a Planning Intern with a background in the Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, or Disaster Risk Management and interest in risk and resilience issues. Skills and interest in applied-research, including data collection and analysis techniques, mapping skills, and reporting are required.
As a Planning Intern, you would support ongoing and future projects that involve research, planning and project implementation in the areas of risk and resilience. Our approach to planning is to involve residents and community partners in both the design and delivery of research, and to emphasize participation and action based on the findings. Whether we are designing action-research to develop a small Productive Public Space project, or a citywide advocacy campaign, collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in residents’ experience are at the centre of the process.
Ideal candidates will have the following specific skills and qualifications:
- At least bachelor’s level education (and with first professional experience preferred) touching on one or more of the following sectors required: Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Disaster Risk Management, Built Environment
- Experience in supporting project implementation, data collection, and report writing
- Experience in facilitating workshop design, planning, implementation, and documentation
- Experience in mapping, especially with GIS software (Q or Arc)
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe Creative Suite a plus
- A commitment to community and field work. Background working with a community development or non-governmental organization preferable.
- Good spoken and written Kiswahili preferred
Please submit application materials electronically to Sabrina Ohler using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Kenya Planning Intern” in the Subject Line.
- A cover letter explaining your qualifications, why you are a good fit, and what attracts you to apply for this position at KDI
- Your current Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your previous work (these will be contacted only following your expressed permission)
- Samples of previous work (e.g. excerpts of writing, project reports or portfolio) in PDF format
Please note that we will only accept electronic submissions and will only contact the most qualified applicants to schedule a formal interview.
Deadline for Applications: Friday 29th November, 2019