Planning Intern

Position: Planning Intern (6 months - paid position)
Start date:  9th January, 2020
End date: 30th June, 2020
Office Location: Kenyatta Market, Nairobi, Kenya
Disciplines Sought: Urban or Environmental Planning, Community Development, Disaster Risk, Research
Closing 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: 

Application Procedure

Please submit application materials electronically to Sabrina Ohler using the following email address: and write “Kenya Planning Intern” in the Subject Line. 

Materials expected: 

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