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.
UN Women Japan Liaison Office (JLO) was established in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo in April 2015. The Office works on extending policy dialogue by holding lectures, public events, and building strategic partnerships. In particular, the JLO performs its work through targeted outreach to various actors, including the government, parliaments, private enterprises, academics, NGOs, media and other organizations to keep them informed of UN Women’s work and role with regard to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Specialist of the JLO, the main responsibilities of the Intern will be to assist work of the JLO including the following;
• Assist JLO to analyze, plan, develop and support public and private sector partnership building for mobilizing resources for UN Women;
• Monitor trends and issues which impact gender equality and women’s empowerment and identifying opportunities for UN Women;
• Assist in outreach activities including formulation of information and tools through social networking service, UN Women JLO website and other information platform;
• Assist in the preparation and coordination of various JLO events ;
• Collaboratively produce communication materials such as fliers, posters, videos and presentations;
• Help field inquiries from students, companies and general publics;
• Assist with preparing electronic documentation for placement on the UN Women intranet (SharePoint), the division’s shared drive and Donor Agreements Management system;
• Assist coordinating with private, public, and academic entities in performing JLO’s advocacy activities;
• Assist in logistical and operational support and provide other assistance, as identified.
The internship offers students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UN Women’s work. It is designed to complement women’s development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law.
• Respect for Diversity
• Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
• 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: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
• Ability to translate between English and Japanese and vice versa;
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Power Point);
• Social media and web design knowledge, including tools and programs, are desirable;
• Proficiency in design software such as Adobe Illustrator is desirable;
• Attention to detail, sound judgement and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
• Ability to work in a team;
• Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
• University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender, human rights, 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 and Japanese 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.
• 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).
• A selected candidate unable to report to the advertised duty station due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be approved to undertake this internship remotely.
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.