Racial Justice Intern

  • Added Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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.

UN Women has, since the start of the resurgence of the global racial justice movement in 2020, placed strategic emphasis on addressing racial justice at the intersection of gender equality through diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. UN Women further recognizes that confronting and dismantling systemic racism in support of women and girls will require expanding its anti-racism lens and actions to its external, programmatic work. The Strategic Plan has, both at its center and as a cross cutting dimension, a focus on addressing inequalities and ensuring that no one is left behind. Outcome 3 focused on social norms will be an important aspect of the racial justice work, which will draw on the creative arts as a critical tool for changing the negative social norms and stereotypes which are key drivers of structural racism. This work is anchored on the broader human rights framework and in particular on CEDAW, CERD as well as the International Decade for People of African Descent. In these contexts, UN Women has established the position of Racial Justice Specialist. Going beyond the internal focus of creating an anti-racist workplace, the Specialist will play a catalytic and leading role toward an organizational and UN-wide intersectional approach to racial justice going forward, and in particular structural racism. The organization seeks a Racial Justice intern to support the work of the Racial Justice Specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Racial Justice Specialist the intern will:

  • Support monitoring of global, regional and national trends and emerging policy issues on racial justice globally; provide regular synthesis of findings suitable for internal institution-wide distribution;
  • Support the development of internal and external social media content related to global breaking racial justice news, particularly as relates to gender equality, and UN Womenโ€™s racial justice work;
  • Assist in the review and mapping of UN Womenโ€™s existing work in the area of racial justice projects and initiatives, including outreach to country offices, supporting note-taking and follow up;
  • Contribute to discussions, outreach, research and planning toward operationalizing the development of an intersectional racial justice lens instrument and/or approach;
  • Support conceptualization, outreach and implementation of the second annual global black womenโ€™s art exhibition and sale to raise awareness of the Decade for People of African Descent and mobilize resources for the Caribbean MCO Afro-Descendant Womenโ€™s programme;
  • Assist in the development of initiatives (including panels or other events) including special focus on the Decade for People of African Descent.

    Learning objectives for the internship: Deepen knowledge of and develop expertise in racial justice at the intersection of gender equality.



    Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender IssuesAccountabilityCreative Problem SolvingEffective CommunicationInclusive CollaborationStakeholder EngagementLeading by Example

Functional Competencies: Knowledge of or coursework related to racial justice and decolonization, or other evidence of interest in and engagement on racial justice;Proven writing, research and communication skills;Understanding of and interest in the creative arts as a tool for social change;Strong social media skills;Ability to edit simple videos.

Required Skills and Experience



University studies in one of the following disciplines: international development, political science, African Diaspora Studies, or other relevant subjects is required.Meet one of the following: Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation; orBe enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.

Language: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.

Application Information:

All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.The 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.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided?on the basis of?qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.?

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.?

UN Women?has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.? All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Womenโ€™s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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