While UNDP has helped countries achieve significant progress in making gender equality and women’s empowerment integral to human development, much work remains to be done. Against a backdrop of growing distrust in governments, a sense of unfairness and a deterioration in the quality of democracies, there is now notable pushback against gender equality. This backlash has also been seen in the form of a rise in fundamentalist ideologies, authoritarianism, and extremism. Women and other affected groups continue to face a host of discriminatory laws and social norms, and women human rights defenders often lose their lives.

UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 focused on helping countries shift systems and power structures that generate gender inequalities and women’s disempowerment. UNDP targets public institutions to deliver public policies towards gender equality. UNDP commits to equip them with capacities to identify and address backsliding, protect and expand gender equality gains in policies and laws, and address negative social norms in society.  Our vision is to work for a world with strong public institutions and policies that work and are accountable for gender equality and expand spaces for civil society engagement.

The Gender Team has the leading role in this work and in the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025. A key pillar of this work is the UNDP Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions, one of UNDP’s pioneering flagships, helping create a new generation of public policies, institutions, and policymakers to diminish discriminatory norms, enhancing public institutions skills and capacities for delivering gender responsive public policies. It is a global voluntary awarding program, specifically designed for public institutions, that aims to support, recognize and champion public institutions that commit to and improve on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions team seeks to hire an intern. The selected candidate will support the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions programme and the implementation of our communications strategy. The intern will support the communications products needed to position the global Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions as a key player in this space and as a significant mechanism for advancing gender equality in public administration globally. The Communications intern will be based with the Gender Team in the Regional Hub in Istanbul, Turkey 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Global Manager of the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions, the intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:

1.Support the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal communication and outreach plan and activities

  1. Develop bimonthly Seal newsletter and disseminate through UNDP email groups, social networks and participant public institutions.
  2. Produce weekly blogposts related to the activities implemented within the Seal, or other related to be published in the GES online platform blog.
  3. Support the content development of the Seal Sparkblue Page.
  4. Support organizing and running comms campaigns on social media and tracking impact and results.
  5. Support the development of pitches, presentation, key messages, social media card or any other products.
  6. Manage the Seal webpage (updating content, identifying potential improvements etc.).
  7. Support the organization of global online events (trainings, forums, community of practice exchanges etc.)

2. Support Seal implementation and knowledge management

  1. Support updating the monitoring of Seal KPIs
  2. Prepare notes on good practices and lessons learned.
  3. Graphic design of simple documents


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights in the context of development and interest to to contribute to the question;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view; consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • Have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent studies.
  • Field of study: communications, journalism, international development, gender studies, public administration, or related field


  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage.


Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, passports, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of:(a) The sponsoring institution, related institution or Government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or (b) The intern.