Action Coalitions Programme Management Intern

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Location : New York City, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :29-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 :3 months (with a possibility for an extension upon review)

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.

COVID-19 has laid bare critical gaps in equality that have left millions of women and girls – particularly those who are most marginalized – behind. Gender equality is not just a goal: it is critical to the survival of the planet, the realization of the rights of all girls and women, and to building new economic and social systems that include, and work for, everyone.

Aware of this critical time for gender equality and committed to building a more equal, inclusive and resilient post-pandemic world, UN Women, together with the governments of Mexico, France, and representatives of civil society, has initiated a global, innovative, multi-stakeholder platform: the Generation Equality Action Coalitions.

The Generation Equality Action Coalitions are global, innovative and multi-stakeholder platforms and is urgently needed now than ever before. The Generation Equality Action Coalitions are an extraordinary opportunity, both in approach and level of ambition, to accelerate progress, increase investments in gender equality and make concrete change.

The Action Coalitions are mobilizing governments, civil society, international organizations, and the private sector to: catalyze collective action; spark global and local conversations among generations; drive increased public and private investment; and deliver concrete, game-changing results across generations for girls and women.

Six (6) specific themes are being addressed by the Action Coalitions including: i) Gender Based Violence; ii) Economic Justice and Rights; iii) Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); iv) Feminist action for climate justice; v) Technology and innovation for Gender Equality; vi) Feminist movements and leadership.

Each Action Coalition is led by a group of partners or “leaders” from Member States (from the Global South and North); civil society (women’s organizations, movements and civil society actors from the Global North and South); International Organizations (including UN Agencies and MDBs); youth-led organizations; and the private sector (including philanthropic entities).  In addition, hundreds of stakeholders have joined the Action Coalitions as “Commitment Makers”.

Action Coalitions leaders work together to co-design a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality on key areas that matter to women’s and girls’ lives, to strengthen international mobilization on the Action Coalition theme, and to define game-changing 5-year commitments in the action area they are leading. The Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality was launched during the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in July 2021.

During the same forum, over forty (40) billion USD commitments to the Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality were made by Action Coalitions leaders and commitment makers to support critical policy, programmatic and advocacy initiatives in the six (6) Action Coalitions areas.

The work of the Generation Equality Forum is only getting started. Over the next five (5) years, the commitments made in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris must be translated into Action and concretely impact on the lives of women and girls, in all of their diversity. To achieve this goal, UN Women, as the Secretariat of the Action Coalitions, will ensure the effective implementation of the commitments through the design and implementation of an accountability framework of a commitments approach and targeted engagement efforts.

In this context, UN Women is hiring two (2) interns to assist the Programme Management Team in the overall planning, implementation and monitoring of the Action Coalitions Global Acceleration Plan and Blueprints launched during the GEF Paris Forum.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Action Coalitions Programme Management interns will deliver the below services:

Support the overall planning and monitoring of the Action Coalitions by:

  • Updating the Action Coalitions planning and monitoring documents
  • Coordinating internally with the Procurement team to ensure on-time launch of activities
  • Conducting analysis of the ongoing activities of the Action Coalitions team, highlighting progress, challenges, and how to improve daily tasks

Support the communication efforts around the drive for commitments by:

  • Supporting data analysis of the commitments database
  • Supporting the development of a visual template to showcase commitments and to monitor their implementation
  • Supporting the organization, schedule and follow up for internal and external meetings regarding the Action Coalition commitments

Support the governance of the Action Coalitions by:

  • Providing clear, consistent and structured support to the AC Secretariat by setting up meetings, drafting agendas, support in meeting notes and ensuring coordination among the team members and relevant stakeholders (including the Accountability Working Group, the AC Secretariat and GEF)
  • Following up on decisions made during meetings and ensuring effective communication and knowledge management of meetings materials and outcomes
  • Support in developing a medium-term internal communication plan

Support the efficient financial and HR management of the Action Coalitions by:

  • Updating the HR monitoring files on a monthly basis
  • Updating the financial monitoring files monthly basis

Support the knowledge management of the Action Coalitions by:

  • Updating the SharePoint files daily with documents related to the Action Coalitions work. Ensure that files, databases, and systems relevant to the Action Coalitions are updated and accessible on the shared tools
  • Developing users’ guidance and answering the team’s requests on access to information and use of the SharePoint
  • Support the development of knowledge management methodologies and their implementation

The intern will increase their project management skills in an international context through high exposure and empowerment. She/he will also increase its ability to coordinate among several stakeholders on various streams. She/he will improve its knowledge of governance processes of multi-stakeholder programmes.


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:

  • Excellent Excel and PowerPoint skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of project planning and management basis;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
  • Ability to work efficiently in independent and collaborative settings;
  • Ability to take initiative, ask questions, and contribute substantively.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: business administration, economics, political science.
  • 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 candidates 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.  


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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