Internship assignment within Gender Programme Unit; MNE 13-034


Location : Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
Application Deadline :31-Aug-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Sep-2013
Duration of Initial Contract :September 2013 - February 2014
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

Background

Purpose of Internship Programme:
  • Provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to UNDP offices, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
  • Expose them to an international environment;
  • Expose them to the work of the Organization with an objective of deepening their knowledge and understanding of UNDP’s goals, principles and activities;
  • Provide UNDP offices with the assistance of qualified students specialized in various professional fields;
  • Internships will allow successful candidates to have an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural international organization.

Internship assignments are available on a part-time and full-time basis, depending on the availability of candidates and the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns.  

In Montenegro, women have never had equal conditions for realizing their human rights nor opportunities to contribute to national, political, economic, social and cultural development, and consequently to benefit from these opportunities. Despite the fact that more and more women are highly qualified and labour market participation of women is on the increase, women are still largely outnumbered by men in positions of responsibility in politics and business, particularly at the top level. The high level of education of women is not directly reflected in the positions they hold in the labor market.
 
Women are mainly  working in ‘feminized’ sectors and professions and remain in lower job categories with less access to  senior positions. This is paradoxical when female students outnumber male in business, administration and law. At the same time, one of the most radical violations of women’s human rights is reported by CSOs as happening in the family sphere. NGO studies show that one in every three women is exposed to physical violence. The number of cases reported to the police remains small, but increased by 7.3% in 2008. There is a low level of support provided to victims, resulting in their reluctance to report family violence, while the number of deaths occurring as a consequence of long-term family violence has increased.
 
Policy and legislative developments in the last few years (National Action Plan for Gender Equality and Law on Gender Equality) are welcome, and have created a solid ground to address these problems. It is now important to ensure that these laws and policies are implemented; this will require not only political will, human and financial capacities and continuous monitoring, but also an institutional and cultural transformation process that should include the elimination of gender bias in national development frameworks, as well as the incorporation of gender awareness into broader policies, programmes and institutional reforms. Equality between women and men is not just a goal in itself: it is a precondition for the fulfillment of human rights and human development in general, and of the overall EU objectives in regard to growth, employment and social cohesion, in particular. This Programme aims to improve the status of women as reflected in personal integrity, economic advancement and political representation. The specific objective of the project is to strengthen capacities, improve mechanisms, advance policies and improve the conditions for the implementation of the NAP for Gender Equality in following three areas:
  • Elimination of violence against women: Recognizing that an estimated one in three women experiences violence in the home, the project aims to ensure that the new Law on Protection of Victims of Violence is fairly interpreted and implemented in daily practice, ensuring that victims, in daily practice actually do experience system wide support. Aware that many laws have been passed without corresponding budgetary commitments and with no actual implementation, the Project team will create a sustainable coordination and monitoring mechanism at the national level to support and ensure the implementation of the law. The project will further ensure the capacity enhancement of the actors to be involved in implementing the law, including civil society organizations; such capacity development will be guided by a survey on violence in the family, aimed at understanding perceptions of family violence and its dynamics, to be monitored for changes over the course of the project. A centralized database, based on EU best practice, will be established to track cases of violence dealt with in both governmental institutions and NGOs. Awareness-raising and education will form a central part of the project, particularly as it pertains to working with youth through the education system;
  • Political empowerment of women: In line with CEDAW recommendations, the project team will work with political parties to better understand what prevents women from being elected to office, and to create debate around quota systems as an approach to reaching the target of 30% participation of women in politics. The project will target stakeholders within the education and lobbying sectors, and to enhance the gender sensitivity of political parties’ and politicians’ communication. Existing women politicians will be brought on board, as will relevant ministries and NGOs/CSOs;
  • Economic empowerment of women: The project addresses the creation of economic opportunities for women within the context of the economic crisis. Supportive measures will be designed to ensure an individual approach to clients and on-going consultations in regard to the running of a business. Measures will be piloted at the local level and aimed to increase the number of women in business in selected municipalities and to enable more gender-sensitive and flexible approach in developing of local economy. Female entrepreneurs will benefit from the Programme assistance in order to develop, enhance and increase their sustainable business ideas. In order to make sure that the Programme responds to women’s needs, but also to developmental goals of the country.
The key institutional stakeholders for this Project are as follows: Ministry of Human and Minority Rights - Department for Gender Equality; Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Health, Police Directorate, local government, parliamentary political parties, Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality, NGOs, Ministry of Finance, Investment Fund, Directorate for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Social Welfare Centers, the Police and the Judiciary.


Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will provide support to implementation of projects to UNDP Gender Programme. Under the guidance and primary supervision of the Gender Programme Manager, and in cooperation with the Gender Programme Team, the Intern will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities:
  • Write stories and news on UNDP and stakeholders activities within Gender Programme IPA 2010, as well as the global development and gender relevant issues which the Gender Programme Team considers as priority;
  • Based on the full understanding on Gender Programme Activities, produce stories, cases, briefings, articles and other writings in English and Montenegrin languages (both at the native level) for the website, e-news, outreaching materials, briefing for media, etc., under the framework provided by Gender Programme IPA 2010;
  • In discussion and collaboration with Gender Programme Team and key stakeholders, to promote the UNDPs efforts to enhance in sustainable manner capacities of relevant institutions to address gender concerns;
  • To draft/edit and distribute the news to inside/outside the UNDP through various outreach channels (the style of
     writing should be reader-friendly as well as professional);
  • Translation of written materials between English and Montenegrin languages;
  • Deploying various social media instruments to disseminate the UNDP Gender Programme’s core messages to Governmental, NGO and International and Civil Society stakeholders;
  • Scale up UNDP Gender Programme multi-media activities by mobilizing knowledge on latest mode of communications to disseminate the gender issues, development agenda, and the Gender Programme priorities
    in a timely manner;
  • Enhance the Gender Programme and UNDP exposure in social media e.g. blogs, twitters, etc.;
  • Work closely with UNDP Web-site consultant to manage and maintain the Gender Programme Web-page by linking it to social media in order to increase visits;
  • Work closely with Communications Office, Learning Managers and Knowledge Managers Network (UNDP Team works) and utilize their videoconference facility;
  • Provide coaching to Gender Programme staff on the latest trend and tools of social media, as necessary;
  • Conducting research;
  • Assist in the preparation of various documentation and reports;
  • Assisting in the organization of conferences, forums or other collaborative events;
  • Other duties as necessary for the development and maintenance of the Gender Programe web-page, e-news, and
    other means of communication and dissemination.


Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to
    feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Student in Social Sciences, Visual Arts, Law, International Relations, IT, Economics, Business and Public Administration (candidates have to be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school at the time of application and during the internship);
  • Experience in using the social media and cooperation with NGOs, CSOs, Governmental Organizations etc;
  • Proven ability to think strategically, learn fast, to express ideas clearly and concisely, to work both independently and in teams, to demonstrate self-confidence combined with sensitivity to gender and culture;
  • Excellent knowledge of local and English language, written and spoken;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with developed attention to detail.
Application procedure:
 
Interested students are requested to submit their applications by August 31, 2013 by using the Apply now button.
 
The application should contain:

The shorstlisted candidates only will be requested to submit the following additional documents:

  • a letter from the university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • a copy of the school transcript;
  • a letter of endorsement from a senior faculty member who has directly supervised the student in the recent past and who is fully acquainted with the student's performance.
     
     
 


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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