Gender Parity Intern

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Application Deadline :12-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3.5 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3.5 months

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.

As a standard-setting organization, the United Nations has a particular responsibility to lead by example in ensuring the equal and active participation of women at all levels of the UN system. This is also necessary for integrating a gender perspective into UN policies and programmes. UN Women is mandated to lead, coordinate and promote the accountability of the UN system for women’s equal representation.

Unit/ Project Background:

The Office of the Focal Point for Women in the UN System at UN-Women/Gender Parity Team (hereafter Gender Parity Team) at UN Women Headquarters in New York is seeking a full-time Gender Parity Intern to support the work of the Team. The mandate of the Gender Parity Team is to serve as the chief advocate for monitoring and improving the status of women across the system and assisting the UN Secretary-General in achieving the General Assembly mandated goal of 50:50 gender balance at all levels in the UN system. Leveraging from UN Women’s coordination mandate, the Gender Parity Team supports entity-specific implementation plans for gender parity system-wide, leads and coordinates the Gender Focal Point network in the UN System, and engages in gender parity related policy work. Therefore, the internship will provide an excellent insight to UN system-wide work. The Gender Parity Intern will be responsible for drafting UN system-wide messages, reporting and content creation, including electronic and print communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Adviser and Focal Point for Women in the UN System as well as other team members, the intern will assist the efforts to improve gender parity and create enabling environments within the United Nations’ System.
Internship activities will include:

Provide support to the Gender Focal Point Network

  • Assist to plan and organize meetings, primarily the Global Annual Meeting
  • Taking minutes and notes, drafting reporting; Assisting in drafting and editing reports and advocacy material; 
  • Supporting the UN system-wide implementation of the Enabling Environment Guidelines, Supplementary Guidance and the Field-specific Enabling Environment Guidelines
  • Assisting in mapping of best practices, researching of innovative approaches, and building databases as well as reporting (meetings) as necessary
  • Provide excellent learning opportunities through participating in engagements with various stakeholders from inside and outside UN


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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Familiarity with and interest in gender equality and gender parity/equal representation of women and men;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing (in English), in a clear and concise manner;
  • Self-starter and team player with a high sense of responsibility in order to balance multiple responsibilities and accomplish given duties on time;
  • Initiative, sound judgement and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with colleagues of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, social studies, communications, political science, public policy, and/or diplomacy or other relevant subjects is required;
  • 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, or
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • 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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • 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).
  • A selected candidate unable to report to the advertised duty station due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be approved to undertake this internship remotely.
  • Male candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


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.

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