UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) against women and girls in public spaces is a universal problem. Women and girls experience and fear various types of violence in public spaces ranging from unwanted sexual remarks and groping, to rape and gender-related killings. It occurs on streets, on buses and trains, near schools, in parks, public toilets, fields, at markets, and water and food distribution sites, and in diverse settings (urban, peri-urban, rural, conflict or post conflict). UN Women through its Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Flagship Programme in Partnership with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprise Development seeks to bring transformative change towards increased recognition of SGBV in public spaces and its impact.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of Programme Specialist Institutional Strengthening, the intern will undertake the following tasks:
- Provide support towards preparations for the launch of Safe Market Project;
- Support private sector engagement;
- Assist with programme procurement processes;
- Support in editing and revision of reports, briefs, and other documents as needed;
- Support in additional tasks and projects, as required;
- Efficient filing/ documentation of project documents, work plans, progress reports, budgets and other implementation documents.
- Demonstrate commitment to UN Women ‘s mission, vision and values;
- Knowledge in institutional strengthening strategies and programming;
- Interest on development work and roles/responsibilities of development agencies;
- Written analysis of programming works and its results;
- Demonstrated report writing and computer literacy skills;
- Workshop and meeting reports;
- Draft workplan and concept notes.
- Understand the mandate and working areas of UN Women and the UN system;
- Acquire knowledge and practical experience about issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
- Strengthen analytical research skills
- Exposure to the working environment of a UN Organization;
- Acquire teamwork skills in a multicultural environment.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
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- Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
- Ability to work in diverse team settings;
- Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
- Ability to produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner;
- Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings;
- Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively;
- Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point;
Required Skills and Experience
Qualification and Experience
- A university degree in Business Studies, Marketing, Law, Gender Studies, Economics, Development Studies, Social Sciences;
- Demonstrated interest in the area of gender equality, women’s human rights and the work of international human rights mechanisms;
- Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
- Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.
- Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
- Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.