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 Albania works closely with the government and civil society to design and implement the laws, policies, programmes and services needed to improve the status of women and achieve global standards for gender equality. Within the One UN Programme in Albania, UN Women Albania leads on gender equality issues, and provides coordination and support to related activities. UN Women in Albania operates in four core areas, focused on women’s economic empowerment, promoting women in decision making and their active political participation, eliminating violence against women and supporting gender responsive national planning and budgeting.  

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programmes and in direct supervision of the Programme Analyst, the intern will work in close collaboration with the Programme Team and specific project managers as relevant ensuring timely support in carrying out proper processes related to advancing the normative, programmatic and coordination work of the office as well as other cross-cutting areas of knowledge management, research, and analysis.

The intern will be expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Support in review and research to contribute to programme development and knowledge management, on topics related to the thematic areas of work of UN Women in Albania (women’s leadership and political participation, ending violence against women, gender-responsive national planning and budgeting, women’s economic empowerment, women, peace and security) as well as on its normative and UN Coordination work;
  • Compile information from different sources and produce analytical synopses; 
  • Collect information and data to be used for preparation of briefing notes, talking points, and reports as required; 
  • Support the production of presentations and other visual documents;
  • Contribute to data entry and database updating/revising of programme related documents;
  • Support preparations for CO activities and events; 
  • Support in editing and revision of reports, briefs, and other documents as needed;
  • Monitor, update and support outreach plan for private sector companies in the context of promoting the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in Albania by preparing briefs, help organize meetings and events, and support following up with key new and existing private sector partners;
  • Support promoting effective knowledge management practices in the CO including by ensuring that shared platforms are up to date and effectively utilized by CO staff, and providing support to the implementation of other knowledge management activities;
  • Support outreach and implementation of specific activities promoting youth;
  • Support in additional tasks of the CO Programme Unit, as required.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the mandate and working areas of UN Women and the UN system in Albania.
  • Acquire knowledge and practical experience about issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Strengthen analytical and research skills in thematic areas that are part of the CO’s work;
  • Exposure to the working environment of a UN Organization;
  • Acquire teamwork skills in a multicultural environment.


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: 

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in diverse team settings;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities; 
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner; 
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings; 
  • Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively; 
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point



Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, human rights, international relations, anthropology, political sciences, law 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. 


  • Fluency in English is required, both oral and written;
  • Fluency in Albanian would be an asset.


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 UN Women Personal History Form (P11) 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).  

Two consecutive internship assignments for tentative periods as given below:

  • First assignment: from April 2024 to July or September 2024 
  • Second assignment: from October 2024 to January 2025 or March 2025 


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.)