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Mission and objectives
The United Nations Office at Nairobi, the UN headquarters in Africa, was established by the General Assembly in 1996. The office is headed by a Director-General, at the Under-Secretary-General level, serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Nairobi and performs representation and liaison functions with permanent missions, the host-country and other Governments, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, as well as other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya.
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), the UN headquarters in Africa, was established by the UN General Assembly in 1996 in the capital city of Kenya. UNON is headed by a Director-General at the Under-Secretary-General level, who serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Nairobi and performs representation and liaison functions with permanent missions, the host-country and other Governments, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, as well as other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya. UNON also facilitates cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, and provides administrative support, public information support, conference services, and safety and security services for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and joint and common services to other organizations of the United Nations system in Kenya. This United Nations Volunteers (UNV) assignment is part of UNON FMTS (Facilities Management and Transport Section) projects and flagship programming initiative, among others.
UNON FMTS is looking for creative, detail-driven candidates with strong project management skills and a passion for client service for the positions of Interior Designer\s. The Interior Designer’s key responsibilities include skilled collaboration and effective communication from large to small, personalized projects; integrate with cross-functional fast-paced professional teams; seamlessly tailor the client’s specific design needs and requirements avoiding the-one-size-fits-all approach and liaise competently on a technical level with contractors and suppliers and service providers. The candidates will be expected to have a meticulous and organized approach and be adept at managing budgets, timelines, and resources whilst effectively ensuring that the project remains on track and within scope. The ability to problem solving and approach challenges with a positive attitude to find solutions to any roadblocks will be key in this environment. Visualizing and sketching design proposals from inception through to completion as per client goals will be a daily practise, including sourcing products and materials, determining costs, and inspecting construction to ensure alignment with design specifications are met. The candidates will require experienced skill sets focusing on client engagement and building client trust and rapport is essential. The ability to present design proposals and presentations with ease, confidence, and charisma is essential. The selected candidate will also be expected to comply with the regulatory environment. around inspections and building codes. The Interior designer shall be able to think creatively about the use of space, colour, and movement and will draw on other artistic mediums for creative inspiration.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief FMTS the UN Volunteer will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
- Outline client design objectives
- Conceptualize and sketch design plans
- Determine cost of completion and project requirements in the budgeting phase
- Set a timeline for the completion of an interior design project
- Source materials and products included in plans
- Create ‘mood boards’ to sample design vision
- Utilize computer applications in the design process (2D and 3D visuals)
- Provides technical input/specifications into feasibility/options studies
Design, procurement, and installation of coordination services related to:
- Modular and/or systems office furniture products and solutions
- Specialist flexible, collaborative, hybrid office furniture products and solutions
- Repurposed, upcycled, and or custom furniture products and solutions
- Associated interior finishes, fixtures, graphics, and branding products and solutions.
- Inspect design after completion to determine whether client goals have been met
- Prepare plans for the event management team, including furniture layout, circulation scheme, etc.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
5 years of experience in Interior design is required. Three (3) years of experience in the implementation and supervision of interior design projects, as well as coordinating and managing Vendors and Suppliers, are required. Proficiency in AutoCAD (or Revit), SketchUp, 3D Max, Illustrator, or other design programs, Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, among others), email, and the internet are required. The below requirements are desirable assets for this position: – effective communication skills. – knowledge of sustainable practices. – experience in renovation works – Working knowledge of cost estimates for furniture procurement – experience working in the UN or other international development organization. – excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners; ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; self-motivated; ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.
Area(s) of expertise
Architecture and settlements, Arts and design
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in interior design, architecture, space planning
Competencies and values
– Professionalism – Teamwork – Accountability – Adaptability and flexibility – Creativity – Judgement and decision-making – Planning and organising
Application Deadline : 23rd November 2023