Security & Safety Services Internship for Access Analysis Strategy

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Application Deadline :28-Jun-22 (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 :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.

The Security and Safety Services Team at UN Women Headquarters in New York, committed to an adaptive, coordinated, collaborative and inclusive approach to Security & Safety, seeks to enlist a full-time intern to support in the development of an internal ‘Access Analysis’ strategy, targeting hostile and high-risk environments. The research and development of specific gender orientated access analysis, to identify information streams, prevention and mitigation measures, implementation strategies and associated materials/products.   This access strategy framework for UN Women is to enable better program delivery which is accepted by communities in various intervention countries so that risk for personnel is lowered, effective program delivery ensured, and sustainable outcomes guaranteed.

The position is located within the UN Women Department of Management and Administration, Office of the Security and Safety Services. The Access Analysis Focal Point Intern will report directly to the UN Women Global Security Associate, under the oversight of the Global Security Adviser.

Duties and Responsibilities

In line with the approved UN Women Security and Safety Services Bi-annual Work Plan (BWP), the Access Analysis Focal Point Intern will provide support to the development of outputs, whilst also scoping internal UN Women programme security access requirements. The intern will support development of gender specific information streams, and coordinate with the UN Women Security and Safety Services Communications Focal Point regarding a roll out plan and materials for implementation.

The Intern will be responsible for the following:

Research and support the development of an internal UN Women ‘Access Analysis’ strategy, focused on high risk and hostile environments and assist in its implementation.

  • The Intern will liaise and coordinate with appropriate units, divisions and sections internally, utilizing all available mediums;
  • The Intern will communicate with, appropriate UN Agencies Funds and Programmes, utilizing all available mediums;
  • The intern will through research and evaluation, identify and develop specific information streams, prevention and mitigation measures aligned to security and safety supported programme access in hostile and high risk environments.

Coordinate with the UN Women Security and Safety Communications Focal Point with regard to a communications plan and appropriate materials. They will update where and when necessary, populate the UN Women Security and Safety Services Intranet portal, under the guidance of the UN Women Global Security Associate.

  • Support the development of information and communications materials (as required);
  • Implementation of internal subject specific communications;
  • Support the update of the UN Women Intranet portal, with subject specific materials and information as required.

Learning Objectives

The internship programme offers unique learning opportunities for interns, exposing them to the work of the United Nations at HQ level, and enriching their educational experience through practical work in an international organization, with a focus on gender equality.

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Increased understanding of UN Security Management System
  • Learning different aspects of safety and security in an international environment
  • Increased knowledge of issues related to security management
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and other UN Security Management System organizations
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting


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:

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems;
  • Proficient in using new technologies, web-based platforms;
  • Familiarity with gender issues and the UN system is an asset;
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in the field of security, security risk management, information analysis, criminal justice systems, security information management, international relations or media/communications is desirable, although not essential. 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;
  • 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.? 

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