Partnership and Resource Mobilization Intern

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : ECA Regional Office, Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :08-Oct-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)
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 November 2021 – 30 April 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.


1. 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) leads and supports the field offices in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UN Women through partnership development and resource mobilization. These strategic relationships cover a wide range and number of key development partners, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economic powers, sub-national partners, civil society, multilateral and regional institutions, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, inter-governmental bodies, as well as the media.

The UN Women ECARO is responsible for non-core fundraising at the regional level and for building capacities of and supporting country offices in resource mobilization. Resource mobilization efforts for gender equality in the ECA region are embedded within a changing paradigm of global partnership for development. As a region with a large number of middle-income countries, resource mobilization presents many context-specific challenges and opportunities.

As such, the UN Women ECARO needs to engage in a wide variety of efforts to mobilize resources, working within the reality of the strained financial climate among traditional donors. ECARO supports the establishment and management of strategic partnerships for the region, implement partnership-building strategy and provide high-level advisory support to the Regional Office management on partnership development, pipeline management and donor intelligence. As a region with a large number of middle income countries, resource mobilization presents many context-specific challenges and opportunities. As such, the the UN Women ECARO needs to engage in a wide variety of efforts to mobilize resources, working within the reality of the strained financial climate among traditional donors. Thus, there is a strong need for the ECARO to be strategic and innovative to mobilize resources from new and diverse sources in coming years.

To support the work in the areas of partnerships and resource mobilization, the ECA Regional Office is currently seeking an intern. 



2. Goal and Objectives


The Partnership and Resource Mobilization Specialist Intern will report to the Regional Partnership and Resource Mobilization Specialist in UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECA RO) and will support compliance with obligations to donors and other partners, undertake research and develop products  related to partnerships and disseminate the knowledge to support UN Women's coordinated engagement with partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

3. Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall guidance of the UN Women ECA Regional Planning and Coordination Specialist, the intern will:

  • Support to analyze the strategic partnership related opportunities in line with the ECARO priorities for partnership development and develop brief materials to use for preparations for meetings with potential partners.
  • Support preparations of meetings with partners-High Level Event at CSW, and others
  • Monitor ECA region donor reporting commitments, follow up and alerting on upcoming deadlines, provide support to review and quality assurance of narrative donor reporting, including liaising with donor report editor consultants to facilitate submission of draft reports for review.
  • Monitor updating of pipeline into Leads system and provide details to supervisor.
  • Undertakes ad-hoc donor studies (donor policies, sectoral and geographic preferences, economic and political background, development assistance strategies etc.), research and other activities to identify funding opportunities.
  • Undertake research for possible new partnerships, including due diligence for private sector partnerships upon request.
  • Develop intelligence and knowledge products related to partnerships and disseminate internally to support institutional capacity on partner relations


4. Learning Objectives


  • By the end of the internship the intern should have a good working knowledge of the resource mobilization function of UN Women as well as a clear understanding of the relationship building with partners and clients.
  • At the end of the internship, the intern should have a better understanding of the complex functions and dynamics of an international organization working in the development sector, and its impact in the UN System as well as at the national and regional levels.


5. 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:


Functional Competencies:

  • Possesses the ability to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Good knowledge of technical area;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Experience in report writing.
  • Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills;

Required Skills and Experience

6. Qualifications



  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: international relations, political science, gender studies, human rights 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 and experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment at a country-level is an asset.
  • Experience in developing strategies is an asset;
  • Strong drafting skills and ability to produce concise results-based reports;
  • Knowledge on MS Office tools (Office, Excel and Word)


Languages and other skills: 

  • Proficient in written and oral English;
  • Excellent analytical skills.


7. Management and Reporting


The intern will report to and work under direct supervision of UN Women ECA RO Regional Partnership and Resource Mobilization Specialist.


8. 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.


9. 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).  



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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