Intern – UN Women Nordic Liaison Office

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Location : Copenhagen, DENMARK
Application Deadline :05-Nov-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 :Six (6) Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six (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.


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.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: strengthening and implementing global norms and standards on gender equality and empowerment of women; increasing women’s leadership and political participation; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; ending violence against women and girls; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

UN Women Nordic Office, located in UN City in Copenhagen, works through on-going dialogue, advocacy, lectures, public events, private sector partnerships and outreach to keep governments, parliamentarians, private sector, media and other partners informed about UN Women’s work and its essential role within gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Nordic Liaison Office also co-operates closely with sister UN organizations, national and international organizations in the Nordic region.

Duties and Responsibilities

The internship will start 1 February 2022 and end 31 July 2022. Under the supervision of the Director of the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, the main duties are:

  • Carry out national political surveillance on issues related to the work and mandate of UN Women and report on relevant developments in government policies in the respective countries;
  • Monitor national media in Nordic countries on issues related to the work and mandate of UN Women and report on relevant media coverage;
  • Assist in identifying opportunities for UN Women’s cooperation with the private sector;
  • Translate and distribute corporate updates, statements and press-releases through national media outlets and write executive summaries on relevant documents and reports;
  • Support in the preparation and coordination of high-level visits of UN Women officials to the region, including drafting of briefing notes and talking points for UN Women officials;
  • Support communication efforts and organize outreach activities with private sector and foundations, and set up meetings and events to promote and improve UN Women´s private sector cooperation;
  • Participate in, and provide input to, joint advocacy and communication activities with UN sister organizations;
  • Host visits and present UN Women to students and other visitors;
  • Handle inquiries from students and the public;
  • Any other duties as required.

Learning objectives:

In addition to the above the intern will have the following learning objectives for the duration of the internship: Gain insight on strategies and approaches for establishing and maintaining partnerships with governments of member states, civil society and private sector entities, and UN Women’s role and mandate in this regard. Gain experience and understanding of the work of the UN system and UN Women.


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:

  • Interest in the work of UN Women and to the ideals of the UN Charter.
  • Energetic self-starter with multi-tasking abilities and discipline with deadlines.
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
  • Strong computer skills (i.e., MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Zoom);
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats: online and offline
  • Knowledge of social media and communication strategies and methods
  • Strong multimedia skills
  • Detail oriented

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: political science, development studies, gender studies, international relations or other relevant subjects is required.
  • Meet one of the following:
  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation; or
  4. 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;
  • Excellent written communication skills in a Nordic language are desirable;
  • 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, UN Women 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.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. 

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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