Internship with Gender Equality Team at UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub

Location : Home-based internship, with a possibility to be office-based, depending on the conditions of the COVID-19, TURKEY
Application Deadline :19-Dec-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :February 2022 - August 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.


The Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) is UNDP’s main knowledge and advisory hub for the countries serviced by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC). Gender Equality Team at the UNDP IRH supports UNDP Country Offices in 18 countries and territories in the Europe and Central Asia region with a range of advisory services to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Specifically, IRH Gender Equality Team works to deliver opportunities and improve skills for women’s economic empowerment, especially in the future world of work, focusing on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors; address and prevent violence and all forms of discrimination against women and girls; support Country Offices to close gender gaps and deliver gender equality results aligned with the SDGs as part of their national programs, and monitors the gender-differentiated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; support UNDP Country Offices and interested partners to attain the Gender Equality Seal, a UNDP institutional certification programme that promotes gender equality both as a development goal and an integral part of organizational functioning. The Gender Equality Seal programme for RBEC aims to empower managers and accelerate changes needed to support national gender equality goals combining quality assurance with learning and capacity building of staffs with 13 participating offices for the year 2021-2023.

IRH Gender Equality Team also supports the design and implementation of regional and sub-regional initiatives to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and tracks and presents the results achieved by UNDP programmes and initiatives in the region in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Among others, STEM4ALL is a regional digital platform launched by IRH Gender Equality Team in March 2021 and this online platform has catalyzed widespread interest in knowledge exchange, community building and cross-sector collaboration to overcome systematic gender barriers, break stereotypes, and access networks and resources to advance girls and women in STEM education and professional careers.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will work closely with the consultants responsible for the STEM4ALL platform and RBEC Gender Equality Seal programme under the overall supervision of the Regional Team Leader of the IRH Gender Equality Team. The intern is expected to work in the following areas:

Research and coordination

  • Support the coordination of STEM4All platform activities including identifying external partners and available opportunities - e.g. mentorship, scholarship programmes, online learning, job and internship opportunities;
  • Support research and data collection on gender equality issues such as violence against women, unpaid care, and digital transformation, including STEM fields, in 18 countries and territories in the region to contribute to the work of IRH particularly in the context of the post COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Support the development of training and learning materials on gender mainstreaming (e.g. presentations, webinars, background briefs);

Communications and knowledge management

  • Support the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal Programme in the Europe and Central Asia region participating in the regular coordination meetings organized with gender specialists and consultants from Country Offices, Region and HQ, drafting the minutes, assisting in the facilitation of the Community of Practice;
  • Support scan, curate relevant resources and tools on a regular basis for the STEM4All platform and the Gender Equality Seal Programme and organize, improve the SharePoint Online spaces for IRH Gender Equality Team in cooperation with the Knowledge Management Specialist;
  • Support design and implement online advocacy campaigns, STEM4All virtual events, in accordance with key international days such as International Women’s Day (8 March) and Day of the Girl Child (11 October) developing communications products and items, including newsletters, blog posts, podcast episodes, social media posts, etc.
  • Support the organization of internal and external virtual regional meetings, workshops, and online events involving UNDP staffs and external gender equality practitioners (e.g., conferences, launch events for publications, internal presentations);
  • Support the overall work of the regional gender team work as required.


  • Self-starter, with ability to multi-task and work to deadlines;
  • Strong communications skills, especially in various forms of online communications and social media;
  • Excellent relationship management and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Attention to details.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/ Education

Applicants to the UNDP internship programme must at the time of application must meet one of the following requirements:

  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 (as defined in (a) and (b) above) in a degree programme in relevant discipline such as gender studies, human rights, international relations, social sciences, ethnology, public policy or related disciplines and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Demonstrated strong interest and knowledge in theory and practice of women’s empowerment and gender equality issues;
  • Familiarity with gender equality issues in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, is a strong asset;
  • Experience in research on gender equality issues is considered a strong advantage;
  • Excellent digital literacy, including Microsoft Suite, Canva, online tools and applications;
  • Experience in content management system is an advantage.

Language skills:

  • Proficiency in English, with excellent writing, research and analytical skills is a must;
  • Knowledge of Russian would be a strong advantage.

Financial Issues:

Internships within the UN system are subject to conditions the applicant must get familiar with before signing his/her internship agreement. UNDP provide a stipend to all interns from January 2020. 

Any further costs associated with the internship must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.

Candidates who are selected must submit following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrolment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out. Selected intern must have medical and life insurance.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months. UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity. It is important to note that interns are responsible to arrange for their own visa and residence documents and need to plan for these well in advance.

Subsequent Employment:

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. More information available at:

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