Location : New York office based, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :13-Feb-13
Additional CategoryWomen’s Empowerment
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months


Gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that lie at the heart of development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The UNDP Gender Team is at the forefront of UNDP's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment.  The Gender Team is part of the Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) of UNDP which provides policy advice and programme support to all of UNDP’s work. The Gender Team works to implement gender equality as a core objective of UNDP through integrating gender equality dimensions in all thematic areas including governance, poverty reduction and achievement of the MDGs, crisis prevention and recovery environmental sustainability. 

We are seeking to engage an intern who is passionate about women’s rights and about the potential opportunities offered by social networking and knowledge sharing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Gender Team Practice Manager, the intern will perform the following duties:
  • Support with research on gender equality and women’s empowerment thematic issues, taking into account global trends, including the efforts for the MDGs and post 2015 sustainable development agenda.
  • Support with compiling information, news, case studies and stories from UNDP country offices.
  • Support with the development, elaboration of knowledge products of the gender team.
  • Support with refinement of new UNDP accountability mechanisms for gender equality results.
  • Assist with maintaining the Gender Teams presences on social media channels;
  • Assist with compiling communications materials for advocacy and outreach, including on UNDP’s public website and social media platforms.
  • Support with compiling and synthesizing country office reports, focusing on gender equality results in the areas of poverty reduction and the MDGs, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and sustainable development.


  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong social media skills;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in knowledge sharing and online social networking.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Enrollment in graduate studies in the areas of international development, gender studies, journalism, knowledge management, new media, or related.
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights in the context of development.
Language Requirements:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency in English. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

Important information:

UNDP may accept interns provided the following conditions are met:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP.
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.
  • The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

Documents to be included in the application (only 1 file can be uploaded):

  • The following 7 documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them, since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.
  • Duly completed “UNDP internship application form”;
  • A copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • An official letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • A copy of his/her school transcript;
  • A letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance; and
  • A brief paper setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking an internship with UNDP and what is expected from the experience.
  • A copy of the passport and the applicable visa
Knowledge of the UN system is an asset.

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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.

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