UN Women: Human Resources Learning Intern

Application Deadline :29-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 - 6 months


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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women (UNW) will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of Eugenia Jenny Dalalaki, Human Resources Learning Specialist, the intern will assist the HR Learning team with streamlining work processes related to learning and training focal points and reporting. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon and feedback will be provided both in real time as well as a summary of work accomplished at the end of the internship.

Specifically, the interns are expected to undertake the following tasks:
  • Assist in developing a network of learning focal points across the agency (Headquarters and Field Offices) to disseminate learning updates as well as to assist with training needs analyses.
  • Provide support in fact-checking, analyzing, organizing and preparing report documents, related to mandatory coursework.
  • Provide support in setting up workflow processes and systems such as templates for workshop design, planning, and evaluation.
  • Provide orientation to new interns, organize career development events for interns, provide guidelines for their work plans and support with exit and evaluation of internship process.
  • Assist in logistical and operational support of the HR Learning team.
  • Provide other assistance for the HR Learning team as required.


Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women.  
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Functional Competencies:

  • Keen interest in the work of the UN, and of UN Women in particular, and have a personal commitment to UNW's goals and objectives and to the ideals of the UN Charter;
  • Have ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong academic background in education, learning, staff development, international development or other related field.
  • Experience in training event activities and working in an international environment.
Language Requirements:
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of another UN working language is an advantage.
Duration and Location:
  • The intern is expected to start as soon as possible for a period up to six months.
Important Details:
  • Successful applicants must show proof of health and life insurance for the period they are working with UNW
  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNW
  • Interns must be enrolled in an academic programme throughout the internship period.
Learning Elements:
  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Learning different aspects of HR Learning in an international environment
  • Increased knowledge of issues related to quality assurance in monitoring training programmes and their impact.
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units 
  • Working as a team member in a multicultural setting

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