Women’s Economic Empowerment Intern

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Location : Remote and/or Bangkok, Thailand
Application Deadline :25-Sep-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 :6 months (05/10/2021 to 31/03/2022)

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 against discrimination 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, the UN Women 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.


A key area of concern for UN Women is women’s economic empowerment as expressed in UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 as well as in the targets and indicators of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 for gender equality and women’s empowerment and of several other SDGs relating to inclusive growth, decent work, ending poverty, and reducing inequality, and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.


The WeEmpowerAsia programme

The WeEmpowerAsia (WEA) programme is a collaborative effort between the Regional Office of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) and the European Union (EU), which is funding the action under its Partnership Instrument. With this programme the two entities will leverage their joint commitment to enhance women’s economic empowerment globally. They each have longstanding experience and partnerships in the Asian region. UN Women will apply its triple mandate of normative, operational and coordination actions and use its convening power to bring multiple stakeholders together for effective collaboration. EU brings valuable private and public sector partnerships across sectors as well as its solid expertise in trade and economic development.

The overall objective of the WEA programme is that more women lead, participate and have access to enhanced business opportunities and leadership within the private sector to advance sustainable and inclusive growth. The programme will achieve this through three complementary outcome areas to be implemented in seven selected middle-income countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) in Asia:

  • ADVOCACY: Women’s networks, public institutions, and the private sector will collaborate and share expertise and knowledge to build an enabling business environment for women’s economic empowerment in the workplace and in the marketplace,
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The capacity of women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs will be developed to enable them to engage with government and private sector corporations in policy development and dialogues for advancing women’s economic empowerment, and
  • BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT: The private sector will be supported to implement gender-sensitive practices and culture within their businesses through the take-up of the Women Empowerment Principles (the WEPs – a set of guiding principles to achieve gender equality within companies).

Ultimately, the programme will contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s increased participation in the labour force and in the marketplace, improved opportunities for women entrepreneurship and business start-ups, and through strengthening of corporate sector’s commitment and action to ensure gender equality in business culture and practices. 

The guiding platform for the programme is the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a set of seven principles for businesses offering guidance on how to strengthen gender equality in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the community. The WEPs are jointly developed by UN Women and UN Global Compact and seeking the commitments and concrete implementation by private corporations around the globe.

WeEmpowerAsia is seeking a proactive, driven and energetic intern to join the growing team and provide support across a range of activities within the programme’s three key pillars. The intern will be under the direct supervision of the International Junior Consultant, but also work closely with Regional Programme Manager and other regional colleagues. As the internship can be completed remotely or in-person, applicants will be considered from all locations. However, preference will be given to candidates based in an Asia-Pacific time zone.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support for the UN Women 2021 Asia-Pacific WEPs Awards in the lead up to the Regional Ceremony on November 18, including drafting invitations letters, contributing to meetings with the event organizing agency, notifying Awardees and supporting the coordination of ceremony logistics
  • Provide support for 2021 WEPs Awards follow-up, including liaising with businesses, drafting Awardee profiles, and analyzing post-event survey results
  • Contribute to WEA communications activities, including drafting of newsletters and impact stories, WEPs Case Studies, and social media campaigns showcasing WEA’s work with entrepreneurs and corporates
  • Develop presentation decks and inputs to briefing materials and talking points for WEA events
  • Support data entry and management of the WEA stakeholder database
  • Compile information and data from different sources and produce analytical synopses and briefs
  • Liaise with and provide support to WEA country teams and other partners as assigned by supervisor, especially to provide technical guidance for the WEPs Approvals process
  • Actively participate in and contribute to team meetings
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor


Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of issues related to WEE
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies
  • Develop advocacy and data management skills



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:

  • Knowledge of the subject of women’s economic empowerment;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings;
  • Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively;
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Excel to analyze and visualize data and findings
  • Strong research, writing and critical analysis skills
  • Excellent communications skills, with ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders and especially the private sector;
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high-quality work.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, development studies, international affairs, business, economics 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.
  • Knowledge in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.



  • 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 cover letter, completed and signed Personal History Form(P11) and two writing samples (i.e. university paper, dissertation excerpt, research report, article/blog post) with their application.
  • As the internship can be completed remotely or in-person, applicants will be considered from all locations. However, preference will be given to candidates based in an Asia-Pacific time zone.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The 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).  



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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