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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women in Bangladesh supports the government to implement commitments to international normative standards on gender equality and women’s human rights. The new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2022-2026 was launched in 2021 and the corresponding UN Women Bangladesh Strategy Note (2022-2026), defining UN Women’s strategic engagement in Bangladesh, has also been finalized. The country strategy focuses on strengthening the national structures and mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in policies, plans and budgets; supporting efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women; promoting women’s access to decent and safe work; promoting policies and government investment in women’s empowerment and resilience building in the context of climate change, humanitarian crisis as well as other threats to peace and security. UN Women works with a range of stakeholders in Bangladesh including the government, civil society and women’s organisations, youth, UN agencies and donors, to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Gender Responsive Governance (GRG) programme is supporting the government to translate their commitments to Gender Equality in national plans, policies budgets and institutions. The aim is to provide technical support in turning the recommendations from Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as well as CEDAW and the promises of SDGs to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, into laws, national and sectoral plans, and budgets. Engagement of CSO is also ensured in formulating national legislation and guideline and support civil society organizations and networks in Bangladesh to hold the government accountable to international and national commitments to Gender Equality. The Intern will work closely with Programme Analyst-GRG.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of UN Women Programme Analyst, the intern will work in close collaboration with the Gender Responsive Governance team and would provide timely support in carrying out following planned interventions.
- Monitor regular documentation of programme files in consultations with the Programme Analyst and provide support to prepare workshop and training reports;
- Develop project briefs, policy briefs, presentations, concept notes and briefing notes for GRG programme;
- Review work plans, training plan, programme implementation status of GRG programme.
- Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
- Increase knowledge and understanding of issues related to Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women;
- Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and from other UN agencies Develop project management, communication, donor engagement, administrative, reporting, and organizational skills.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
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- Strong academic background in international development, humanitarian assistance or peace and security;
- Ability to think and work logically and work precisely;
- Ability to write clearly and concisely;
- Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural background;
- Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment;
- Excellent communications skills;
- Knowledge and understanding of post-conflict contexts, especially as related to Women and Gender issues.
Required Skills and Experience
- University studies in one of the following disciplines: International Development, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Economics, or other relevant subjects.
- Meet one of the following:
- 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.
- 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.
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