UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It supports UN Member States to strengthen global standards for gender equality and women’s empowerment, undertakes operational activities at the country and regional levels and promotes coordination across the UN system to enhance accountability and results.
UN Women Nordic Office is located in UN City in Copenhagen. The office is responsible for strategic partnerships including resource mobilisation, advocacy and communication in the Nordic and Balticregions. Key partners include governments, parliamentarians, the media, civil society, the private sector, and other UN agencies.
As a Public Partnerships intern at the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, you will gain deeper understanding on UN communication strategies and methods, as well as insight in global challenges and current gender equality efforts of the international community. The internship will provide excellent learning opportunities through participating in UN Women’s engagement with diverse stakeholders throughout the Nordic and Baltic regions, both internal and external to the UN, to advance gender equality worldwide. As part of a dynamic office, interns at UN Women are also part of the wider UN City community.
Duties and Responsibilities
Description of Responsibilities
The internship will start on 31 July 2023 and end on 31 January 2024.
Under the supervision of the Director of the UN Women Nordic Liaison Office, the main duties are:
- Support the implementation of UN Women’s communication strategy through enhance communication and visibility of UN Women’s work and results, including in particular visibility for core resources, through social media such as Twitter and Linkedin to increase UN Women’s visibility in the Nordic countries, engage in a more dynamic conversation with UN Women’s Nordic partners, potential partners, civil society, as well as increase public awareness on issues related to gender equality and the rights of women and girls;
- Support the drafting of OpEds and other communication for the consumption of national audiences in the Nordic region, with the main aim to enhance visibility for results of the Nordic governments’ investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- Support communication efforts and organize outreach activities with private sector and foundations, and set up meetings and events to promote and improve UN Women´s private sector cooperation;
- Assist in the preparation and planning of events taking place during the course of the internship;
- Monitor national media in Nordic countries on issues related to the work and mandate of UN Women and report on relevant media coverage;
- Support in the preparation and coordination of high-level visits of UN Women officials to the region, including drafting of briefing notes and talking points for UN Women officials;
- Participate in, and provide input to, joint advocacy and communication activities with UN sister organizations;
- Host visits and present UN Women to students and other visitors;
- Handle inquiries from students and the public;
- Any other communication related tasks required;
- Learning objectives:
In addition to the above the intern will have the following learning objectives for the duration of the internship: Gain insight on strategies and approaches used in UN Women’s communication and visibility work, strategies for establishing and maintaining partnerships with various stakeholders, and gain experience and understanding of the work of the UN system and UN Women.
- 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
- Interest in the work of UN Women and to the ideals of the UN Charter;
- Good knowledge of social media, media monitoring, and communication strategies and methods;
- Energetic self-starter with multi-tasking abilities and discipline with deadlines;
- Good knowledge of event planning;
- Ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views;
- Strong computer skills (i.e., MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Zoom);
- Excellent analytical skills;
- Ability to create, edit and present information in clear and presentable formats: online and offline;
- Strong multimedia skills;
- Detail oriented.
Required Skills and Experience
- University studies in one of the following disciplines: Media and Communication, Journalism, or equivalent;
- Meet one of the following:
- Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
- Be enrolled in a mandatory national service programme of which the internship may form a part;
- Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two-years of graduation.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in a Nordic language 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.
- Please attach a CV and a cover letter in your application in English;
- 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);
- The internship is full time.
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.)