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. 

Part of the Strategic Partnerships Division, the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Advisory Services (MPAS) Section leads UN Women’s engagement with the private sector, corporations, philanthropy foundations, and individuals - both in terms of a substantive components and resource mobilization - and it drives a wide range of UN Women’s global initiatives: HeForShe, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator (WEA), Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and Unstereotype Alliance (UA). It also leads the work with all UN Women National Committees, and on the development of the individual/digital giving as well as Advisory Services business line for private sector. MPAS’ main aims are to ensure that UN Women develops and sustains high quality and impact focused partnerships to achieve maximum results for gender equality and women’s empowerment.   

The MPAS team is seeking a Partnerships and Advocacy Intern to support in the development of new partners and the strengthening of existing partnerships for MPAS. This position will play a key role in the recruitment and successful onboarding of partners through providing diligent research and support. This position will also support the Communications and Advocacy team that is responsible for producing and disseminating private sector communications and for movement building (e.g., HeForShe work on engaging millions of men worldwide). A good working knowledge of the private sector as well as stakeholder engagement is essential to performing this challenging role. The Partnerships & Advocacy Intern will have varied responsibilities and will be relied on to confidently execute with timeliness and consistency, in addition to working in an open and collaborative way with other company functions including due diligence, operations, and prospective partnership research.

Duties and Responsibilities

Partnerships functions: 

  • Conduct research to jointly identify strategies, opportunities and market trends with partners; 
  • Monitor, research and follow-up on relevant documents and policies (press releases, working documents; 
  • Support follow up on country specific partnerships and joint communication opportunities, including facilitating organization of events, meetings and workshops, as appropriate. 
  • Support the updating of stakeholder strategy and plan, as well as relevant engagement with UN Women offices 
  • Contribute to the development and drafting of concept notes, proposals, presentations, etc. 
  • Support the coordination of annual report development including documentation and data reviews 
  • Support in the planning and coordination of MPAS events, especially the HeForShe Summit in September 

Advocacy and Communications Functions:  

  • Assist in engaging people worldwide to join and become active participants of social movements like HeForShe 
  • Support the development of products to further internal and external communications campaigns 
  • Identify opportunities for earned and pro-bono media 
  • Assist in stakeholder management and development 
  • Monitor and respond to supporter comments and emails regarding online content and campaigning 
  • Providing research based strategic advice on the development and use of new tools for online campaigning 


Upon completion of the internship the intern will have strengthened his/her capacities to: 

  1. Understand UN Women’s mandate and programmes; 
  2. Understand how UN-private sector partnerships are built, strengthened and maintained. 
  3. Understand how effective communication strategies are built; 
  4. Develop intelligence and knowledge products for a UN agency; 
  5. 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:

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments; 
  • Demonstrates analytical rigor, and intellectual creativity; 
  • Generates new ideas, seeks new approaches and introduces and promotes them in the workplace; 
  • Maintains open-minded attitude towards new ideas; 
  • Contributes to team spirit, inspires and motivates staff and colleagues at all levels; 
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered; 
  • Makes efficient use of available resources with ability to multitask; 
  • Displays initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds; 
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills.


Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: business administration, marketing, international relations or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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;
  • 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.  

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.)