Internship in Executive Director's Office

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Application Deadline :14-Sep-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Minimum two to six months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Minimum two to six months


The UN Women Office of the Executive Director is looking for interns in various disciplines.  Students from each particular field are welcome to apply, and depending on qualifications, shall be selected for internships related to that field. While submitting their applications, candidates should indicate their preferred area of work and if applying for more than one area, indicate the order of preference.

UN Women Background

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world.

Unit/ Project Background

The Internship positions will be located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General / Executive Director, UN Women. The Office of the Executive Director, UN Women is responsible for managing and ensuring the provision of substantive support to intergovernmental processes on gender equality and the empowerment of women on a global level. The Office of the Executive Director is also responsible for providing vision, strategic planning and establishing priorities, leading the senior management team, leading advocacy as a global voice for women, ensuring coordination in the UN Common System, providing overall management and oversight and ensuring accountability to governance bodies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns with the following areas of expertise should apply

Writing and Editing:

  • Write, fact-check, copyedit, and review editorial submissions and correspondence. Data visualization projects, monitor and aggregate relevant news from other media outlets, assist with other editorial projects and other production tasks as needed.

Project Management:

  • Plan, implement and supervise projects. Carry out research and other sub-projects as assigned, support to operational tasks as requested (e.g., note taking, organizing meetings, and filing), carry out any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Business process re-engineering:

  • Conduct data mining and analysis to identify process gaps, assist in the creation of Business Process Maps to document current and future state processes, assist in the creation of written and graphic documentation to capture Business and Functional Requirements, assist in the development and execution of process improvements to reflect new business requirements.

Contract Law:

  • Assist in review/research of existing and past agreements to find information which may impact future agreements. Assist in preparing and coordinating various reports and other information as required by contract and corporate management and ensure timely delivery and distribution. Assist in preparing additional data and/or correspondence as may be required by management or the contract. Assist in researching, reviewing, and disseminating contract information to company personnel as required.

Website management:

  • Assist with website management projects including but not limited to website updates, photo research, HTML newsletters and UN-Women's social media efforts.

Research & Data:

  • Interpret data, analyze results, and provide information insights, Design, develop, and produce analytic reports, Communicate with all levels of stakeholders as appropriate, including executives. Additional tasks will include ad hoc reporting, pattern and trend analysis and monitoring data for quality and integrity.

Communications and PR:

  • Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations involve managing an organization’s image, promoting its brand, and designing, convening and facilitating stakeholder communication and decision-making in a variety of public contexts.

Strategy and Business Planning:

  • Strategic planning of an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy plus control mechanisms for guiding the implementation of the strategy.


Core Values and Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values: 

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness: 

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation: 

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams: 

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing: 

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.

Conflict Management: 

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: 

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: 

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated excellent understanding of strategic communications, speechwriting, advocacy and outreach at the international level;
  • Outstanding written and oral communications and editing skills;
  • Proven ability to address issues effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure;
  • Proven ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Familiarity with UN Women and the UN system;
  • Familiarity with gender issues.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • The intern must have studies in a discipline relevant to the area of internship (Communications, Management, Law, Web Design, Research etc.).


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.

UN Women Internship Conditions:

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable);
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  • Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.
  • UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern;
  • UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
  • The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, resume and application.

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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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