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.

As a standard-setting organization, the United Nations has a particular responsibility to lead by example in ensuring the equal and active participation of women at all levels of the UN system. This is also necessary for integrating a gender perspective into UN policies and programmes. UN Women is mandated to lead, coordinate and promote the accountability of the UN system for women’s equal representation.

Unit/ Project Background:

The Office of the Focal Point for Women in the UN System at UN-Women/Gender Parity (hereafter the Office) at UN Women Headquarters in New York is seeking a full-time Gender Parity Intern to support the work of the team. The mandate of the Office is to support the implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity across the whole UN system.


The Office aims to accelerate progress in achieving the General Assembly mandated goal of 50:50 gender balance at all levels in the UN system and in creating enabling working environments in support of parity. Leveraging UN Women’s system-wide coordination mandate, the Office leads and coordinates the network of 500 UN Gender Focal Points, engages in gender parity and enabling environments related policy work as well as provides technical advice and support for the development of entity-specific implementation plans to reach parity and other related work. The Office also maintains and administers UN System-wide Dashboard on Gender Parity and the UN System-wide Knowledge Hub on Addressing Sexual Harassment.  


This internship will provide deep insight into the UN system-wide and inter-governmental work of the Office. The Gender Parity Intern will gain experience in inter-agency collaboration by supporting and monitoring the system-wide parity progress, including related to the creation of enabling working environments. The Gender Parity Intern will support the Office’s analysis and reporting on gender parity related matters. She/he will also have an opportunity to provide content to the Dashboard and Hub, as well as requested parity related products. She/he will also support UN system-wide communications, including through the maintenance of the Extranet for the UN Gender Focal Points and the UN system-wide Knowledge Hub on Addressing Sexual Harassment, and the work related to the network of Gender Focal Points.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Adviser and Focal Point for Women in the UN System and/or Gender Parity Specialist, the intern will assist the efforts to improve gender parity and create enabling environments within the United Nations’ System. 

Internship activities will include: 

  • Assisting in mapping and building a database of best practices in  creating enabling working environments;
  • Researching of innovative approaches for creating enabling working environments;
  • Supporting the UN system-wide implementation of the Enabling Environment Guidelines, Supplementary Guidance and the Field-specific Enabling Environment Guidelines;
  • Providing support to the UN Gender Focal Point network, such as organizing capacity-building sessions and the Global Annual Meeting of Gender Focal Points;
  • Providing support to the regular maintenance of the Gender Parity Dashboard, Extranet for Gender Focal Points and Knowledge Hub on Addressing Sexual Harassment;
  • Providing summaries of events and notes as requested, and assisting in drafting and editing reports and advocacy materials. 

The internship will provide learning opportunities through participating in engagements with various stakeholders, both internal and external to the UN.


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:

  • Familiarity with and interest in gender parity related topics;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing (in English), in a clear, concise and precise manner;
  • Self-starter and team player with a high sense of responsibility to balance multiple responsibilities and accomplish given duties on time;
  • Takes initiative, has sound judgement and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with colleagues of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • 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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • 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).
  • Male candidates and those from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply



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.  


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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.)