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  • Governance, WPS and Humanitarian Intern at UN Women

  • Posted on: 9 July, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

    Governance, WPS and Humanitarian Intern - Nairobi



    UN Women is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights. UN Women East and Southern African Regional Office focuses on five key thematic areas comprising of; Women’s Political Participation & Leadership, Peace & Security, Humanitarian Action, Ending Violence Against Women & Girls and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

    UN Women ESARO staff, consultants and interns are expected to contribute to a professional working environment in which the strengthening of national capacities and human potential is prioritized. Respect for diversity and human dignity is required, as is the active pursuit of a collaborative and inclusive approach to both internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partners.

    Duties And Responsibilities

    The Governance, Women Peace & Security and Humanitarian Action unit within UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional office seeks to engage an Intern. Under the overall supervision of the Governance, WPS and Humanitarian Action Advisor and direct guidance of the programme staff of the three units, the intern will work to support the units’ daily responsibilities in relation to programming, finance, general logistics, administration, coordination and follow up with partners.

    Specific Tasks Include

    • Support research on various topics relevant to the units;
    • Support in drafting of relevant program reports for the unit;
    • Gather and provide information for the drafting of concept notes and proposals;
    • Support in planning and organizing workshops, events, seminars and meetings and the required logistical preparations and support;
    • Draft minutes, workshop reports, letters, invitation and other correspondence under guidance of supervisor and with support from unit members;
    • Ensure the maintenance of filing system and the organization of program documents;
    • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor.

    Learning Elements

    • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work, the UN system and engagement with strategic partners;
    • Learning different aspects of UN Women’s Programme priority areas and particularly in governance, peace and security and humanitarian action in the region;
    • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting;
    • Gender and women’s empowerment work.


    Core Values

    • Respect for Diversity
    • Integrity
    • Professionalism

    Core Competencies

    • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
    • Accountability;
    • Creative Problem Solving;
    • Effective Communication;
    • Inclusive Collaboration;
    • Stakeholder Engagement;
    • Leading by Example.

    Functional Competencies

    • Excellent analytical, communication, and writing skills;
    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines;
    • Ability organize, set priorities, multi-task, take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.

    Required Skills And Experience

    In line with UN Women internship rules and regulations the intern should possess the following qualifications:

    • Ongoing Master’s Degree, enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree or just completed bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines; Humanitarian and Disaster Management studies, Conflict Prevention, Law, Social Science, development cooperation, gender studies, women’s rights, public administration, or other fields;
    • Academic background in Women, Peace and Security; Human Rights; Development; Gender/Women’s Rights is an added advantage;
    • Knowledge and experience with all Microsoft office applications;
    • Fluency in oral and written English.

    Interested and qualified persons are encouraged to visit the UN Women internship site on http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment/internship-programme for more information on the internship programme.

    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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to UN Women career website on jobs.undp.org to apply

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