Data and Statistics Intern

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Application Deadline :18-Aug-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 :4 months part time

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.


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Unit/ Project Background:

About the Policy Division:

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women corporate programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to development practitioners, the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Division identifies emerging issues and trends, including gaps and challenges, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice.

About the Research and Data Section:

The Research and Data Section in the Policy Division is responsible for leading UN Women’s research and data agenda. It manages a large global network of leading feminist researchers; produces high-profile knowledge products including UN Women's flagship publications such as Progress of the World’s Women and The Survey of the Role of Women in Development; and leads UN Women’s growing portfolio of work on gender statistics, including monitoring of the SDGs and cutting-edge work to develop new statistical methodologies. The work of the section is key to positioning UN Women as a knowledge hub on gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this internship is to provide support to the activities of the research and data specialists within the Research and Data Team of UN Women. The intern will receive overall supervision from the Research and Data Policy Specialist.

The position provides the successful candidates an opportunity to focus on a range of technical and analytical tasks, including:

  • R or STATA programming using large international datasets or interest in learning
  • Preparation of figures and tables using excel
  • Analysis of development outcomes statistics from a gender perspective
  • Support activities related to production and dissemination of the 2022 Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot
  • Support research and preparation of knowledge projects related to the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions
  • General project and management support, including scheduling meetings, note-taking, coordinating across authors, fact-checking, and documentation.

Learning objectives

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  • Increase knowledge of women’s rights and gender equality;
  • Increase knowledge regarding applied gender-responsive research and gender policy work;
  • Increase knowledge regarding quantitative research methods and gender statistics;
  • 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: 

  • Interest in development, research, advocacy, and gender policy work.
  • A good understanding of quantitative research methods.
  • Interest and some background in statistical programming or database programming

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: data analytics, gender studies, international development 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;
  • 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 which can downloaded here,
  • 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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