Civil Society Youth and Faith Support Intern



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Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
11-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


Background

Background

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.

In this role as the global voice and advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN Women must deliver to an ambitious agenda as a centre of excellence on knowledge, partnerships, advocacy and social mobilization, as well as a convener, thought leader and champion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the international blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In that context, UN Women is convening the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global gathering for gender equality, co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. Building on the Beijing+25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, the Forum will kick off in Mexico in March 2021 and culminate in Paris in June 2021.

In view of the crucial contribution of civil society organizations in the advancement of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights, the role of civil society and the women’s movement as partners, is seen as fundamental in the full realization of the Beijing+25 agenda. UN Women’s unique and critical role in engaging civil society and partnership building with women’s organizations as stakeholders to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment will be key drivers in helping UN Women achieve its strategic goals and fulfil its organizational mandate, both for the Forum and the months leading up to it, including CSW 65.

Under the general guidance and direction of the Deputy of the Civil Society Division, the intern will be responsible for supporting the strengthening of partnerships with civil society organizations for the Beijing+25 agenda, including youth and girl led organizations and activists.


Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Civil Society Division Director, the intern shall perform the following assignments, which may vary in accordance with the priorities of the Division:

Youth Portfolio

  • Support the youth outreach to youth and girl organisations/networks/collectives.
  • Support the engagement of the National Gender Youth Activists
  • Manage the adolescent girls and National Gender Youth Activists meetings and meeting notes.
  • Managing and updating the database of engaged youth including youth and girl organizations.  
  • Monitor progress on the implementation of the youth plan of action.
  • Support preparation for CSW66
  • Assist in preparing meeting notes, briefing notes, and talking points for the Division Director and other UN Women senior representatives

Faith portfolio:

  • Supporting the convening of  a series of webinars on different topics related to faith and feminism with UN Women’s faith partners including:
  • Supporting the work on social and racial injustice and the role of faith actors in promoting non-violent communications
  • Supporting the analysis of conservative faith-based organizations in the UN
  • Contributions to the SG reports on Culture of Peace and follow-up if necessary
  • Supporting the strengthening of relations with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Religion and Development (IATF-RD),
  • Supporting the development of the UN Women Feminist Faith Strategy including for the mobilization of faith actors in the GEF
  • Strengthening the fellowship programme with students from the Princeton University Office of Religious Life and supporting the development of a project on Stories of Peace with young people of faith
  • Support the creation of a database of speakers and database of talking points on faith for the division.

Learning Opportunities

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work related to global normative processes and public policies.
  • Gained knowledge about NGOs working on gender issues and the global Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 that will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.
  • Familiarity with the role of the Civil Society Division of UN Women, the issues it covers and its collaboration and relationship to other parts of the United Nations system
  • Familiarity with the functions of the Commission on the Status of Women and its intergovernmental outcomes, including a set of concrete recommendations for governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.


Competencies

Competencies

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:

https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women's rights issues
  • Ability to think logically and work with great attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with partners.
  • At least one year of research and/or civil society engagement.
  • Understanding of gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Familiarity with civil society organizations and international institutions;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong knowledge of virtual meeting software (Zoom, Teams, etc.), as well as excellent skills in using Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media applications


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: communications, political or social sciences, law, public relations, journalism, public administration, conference and event management 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.

Language:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Renumeration:

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).  

Note:

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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