Application Deadline :05-Apr-13
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :minimum 3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4-6 months


Please note – this is an unpaid internship, open only to applicants who are currently enrolled in graduate programmes.

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 (i) integrating gender equality concerns in all sectors including governance, poverty reduction and environment protection; and, (ii) dedicated projects that empower women and promote women’s rights and gender equality. 

This internship position is with the Institutional Development Cluster of UNDP’s Gender Team. The Cluster focusses mainly on accountability frameworks for gender equality; Knowledge Management; Capacity Development and Learning and UN-interagency matters.

The selected candidate will support the Institutional Development Cluster, with special attention to Knowledge Management activities as well as accountability among other tasks.
We are seeking to engage an intern who is passionate about women’s rights, gender equality and about the potential opportunities offered by social networking and knowledge sharing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Cluster Leader and the Knowledge Management Specialist, the intern will perform the following duties:
  • Assist with UNDP corporate reporting and research on gender equality issues, including Secretary General Reports on the implementation of UN resolutions;
  • Assist with research for the development of the upcoming UNDP Gender Equality Strategy, in particular its institutional development component;
  • Assist with research and writing for discussions on UNDP knowledge networks;
  • Assist with organizing and promoting learning and knowledge events;
  • Assist with building online communities and resources;
  • Assist with maintaining the Gender Teams presences on social media channels especially Twitter;
  • Assist with compiling communications materials for advocacy and outreach, including on UNDP’s public website and social media platforms.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency in English. Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset;
  • 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 field;
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights in the context of development;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proven excellence in written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or French is a definite advantage. 

Other conditions:

  • 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 to provide the intern with professional experience and relevant learning. It 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.

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