Internship, Research and project support

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Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :30-Nov-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

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. The aim of UN-Women’s engagement in humanitarian action is to ensure effectiveness in addressing gendered needs, working across the humanitarian-development – peace continuum, and embodying  two approaches; i) supporting the mainstreaming of gender in the coordination, planning, prioritization, financing of humanitarian response in the immediate aftermath of emergencies and humanitarian crises; and ii) contributing to long term recovery and protection of rights of women and girls in emergencies and protracted crises through the nexus approach.  UN-Women’s triple mandate of enabling gender equality and women’s empowerment through coordination of the UN system, normative and intergovernmental engagement and development-focused operational programming will significantly improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action, reduce vulnerabilities including to GBV and SEA, and aid women’s recovery. The role and expertise of UN-Women has become increasingly critical with a continuous cycle of crisis, including COVID-19 pandemic and is aligned with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to addressing not just humanitarian assistance but root causes of crisis.    

UN Women’s Humanitarian Unit of the Peace Security Humanitarian and Resilience Section promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment across the humanitarian - development nexus as a matter of rights, effectiveness, accountability and sustainability. The Office aims to accelerate transformative change through placing women’s leadership and their central role in community resilience at the core of prevention, preparedness and response efforts

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Program Specialist, the intern will join the UN Women Humanitarian Unit in Geneva to support and contribute to the following services lines:

1. Promoting Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access, and Protection (LEAP) in Crisis Response through:

  • Ensuring crisis, humanitarian and stabilization planning and programming are informed by gender analysis and assessment.
  • Increasing access to protection and economic opportunities for women affected by crises.
  • Bridging the humanitarian/development divide in protracted crises by promoting sustainable livelihoods.
  • Offering second chance educational and vocational learning for marginalized women and girls who have missed out on education, offering pathways either back into formal education or to employment or entrepreneurship.
  • Supporting the development of UN Women’s Strategy on CBIs across the HDP nexus including background research, mapping of corporate practices.
  • Supporting the finalization of UN Women’s Strategy on EVAW across the HDP nexus.

2. CERF Global Grant Programme:

Advances prevention of Gender Based Violence in emergencies and women’s leadership in humanitarian architecture through:

  • Access to quality, multi-sectoral services, including legal aid to women and girls who have experienced/are experiencing GBV or are at risk of GBV;
  • Reducing the risk of GBV through provision of livelihoods opportunities, cash transfers including cash for work are two key components of UN Women’s work.

3. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC):

  • Support UN Women’s role in IASC Task Forces on localization, HD collaboration and the link to the Peace Agenda through research, mapping of relevant initiatives and drafting of background documents as well as participation in relevant meetings/events.  
  • Support UN Women’s role in the IASC Gender Reference Group Task Force dedicated to advancing GE commitments through HDP actor collaboration. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities

  • Support programme management efforts in areas of LEAP Signature intervention and CERF Global grant.
  • Conduct research and support development of background documents and guidance on LEAP SI and UN Women’s signature interventions in protracted crises.
  • Support coordination of UN Women’s participation in the IASC.
  • Provide support in development of donor proposals, programme document and other programming documents /advocacy papers related to humanitarian unit.
  • Support research analysis to identify best practices, data and information required such as including a literature review of best practices, results mapping & collecting data.
  • Support knowledge management efforts by populating humanitarian unit’s intranet pages, web portals with high quality content from various UN Women initiatives and partners.
  • Support the development of communication/advocacy materials for UN Women’s humanitarian unit.
  • Support the humanitarian unit in drafting background documents, concept notes, briefing documents, reports, presentation slides.
  • Provide support in organizing meetings/events including preparation of meeting documents, invitations, and logistics arrangements as and when required.
  • Provide other relevant assistance as requested.

Learning objectives

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system.
  • Increased understanding of gender and humanitarian action in an international environment through global and country level engagement and support.
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units.
  • Working as a team member in a multicultural setting.
  • Gaining knowledge relating to online education and UN Women learning methodologies, platforms, and systems.


Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for diversity

Core Competencies

  • Commitment to learning
  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective communication
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Inclusive collaboration

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge on gender and humanitarian action and crisis response
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with learning and management web-based platforms
  • Effective Communication skills with staff at all levels of the organization and initiative taking abilities
  • Demonstrated abilities of sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy
  • Demonstration of cultural sensitivity and appreciation for different cultures and practices
  • Ability to pay great attention to detail and exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to work well in a team and project a positive image
  • Self-motivation and ability to recommend options for resolution of issues
  • Strong service orientation
  • Familiarity with learning and management web-based platforms 

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studied in social sciences, international development, gender, education, communication, economics, journalism, or other similar subject at the university level.
  • 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); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is considered an advantage.


  • Proficient IT skills are required; skills with lay-out and design are a plus.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment is essential.
  • The intern must have a strong sense of responsibility, a flexible and proactive mindset, and the ability to work independently.



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 enrolment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrolment 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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