Internship (Private Sector – Women's Empowerment Principles)

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Application Deadline :21-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months (5 days per week )


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. 

Since December 2008, UN Women (then UNIFEM) has been engaged in a partnership with the UN Global Compact Office around the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) - a set of seven Principles offering guidance to business on how to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

The intern will work under the supervision of the UN Women Head of Private Sector Relations and Private Sector Resource Mobilisation team in the Strategic Partnerships, Advocacy, Civil Society, Communications, Resource Mobilization Division at UN Women HQ in New York. The intern will contribute to implementation of UN Women’s private sector engagement strategy, primarily through support to the strengthening of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) platform, an initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. In particular, the intern will support the planning and execution of the annual WEPs conference at UN Headquarters in March 2016.

The internship is an opportunity for a student of business and/or international affairs with a focus on corporate sustainability to connect the theoretical aspects of his or her coursework with the practical application, through, inter alia, contributing to research and analysis of corporate sustainability policies and practices and assisting with the development of tools and resources to support corporations to strengthen and implement commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to drafting/preparation of various materials in connection with the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and annual conference, including supporting documents, briefs, reports, presentations and email communications for both internal and external use;
  • Support preparations for the annual WEPs conference (March 2016) and related meetings;
  • Support liaison with WEPs-supporting organization;
  • Assist with all other efforts related to the WEPs and Global Compact partnership, including increased outreach and collaboration with both corporate and non-corporate stakeholders (CSOs, UN agencies, Governments, etc); research and data; collection/analysis related to company practices, gender and corporate sustainability reporting trends; due diligence of potential corporate partners, etc.;
  • Participate in weekly Division and team meetings;
  • Undertake any other tasks and activities as needed/requested.

Learning Elements

Upon completion of the internship the intern will have strengthened his/her capacities to:

  • Understand UN Women’s mandate and programmes;
  • Understand how UN-business partnerships are built, strengthened and maintained;
  • Understand the drivers of corporate sustainability and partnerships for international development;
  • Develop communication tools and messages for a UN agency;
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.


Core Values/Guiding Principles 

  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrates an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity. 

Core competencies 

  • Demonstrates strong writing skills, particularly the ability to present persuasive, coherent and well-founded arguments;
  • Has ability to write in style that is accessible to a broad audience of policymakers, academics and activists;
  • Reliably takes action to honour commitments; takes international outlook in decision-making. 
  • Possesses good grasp of development policy issues;
  • Demonstrates analytical rigor, intellectual creativity and contributes original ideas;
  • Maintains open-minded attitude towards new ideas;
  • Contributes to team spirit, inspires and motivates staff and colleagues at all levels; 
  • Demonstrates willingness to integrate ideas of others into own thinking; 
  • Remains composed under stress;
  • Manages moods and creates positive attitude in the team even in times of crisis;
  • Demonstrates drive to achieve results in timely manner and to seek and find solutions to any problems encountered.
  • Makes efficient use of available resources;
  • Demonstrates the ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively;
  • Has ability to communicate clearly and persuasively;
  • Demonstrates ability to build consensus and expresses own ideas openly and frankly without jeopardizing rapport with colleagues;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches: 
  • Generates new ideas, seeks new approaches and introduces and promotes them in the workplace.

Functional competencies

  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Degree in business, corporate sustainability, communications and marketing, international affairs, social sciences or related field;
  • Enrolment in final year of secondary degree or Master’s and if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with MS Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) essential. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills essential;
  • Exceptional research skills – and the ability to succinctly summarize research findings in written reports, briefs, etc. – essential.
  • Experience designing and producing marketing and communications materials desirable; social media experience an asset.
  • Familiarity with UN structure and values required; previous UN experience an asset;
  • Familiarity with the mission and principles of the UN Global Compact highly desirable; understanding of business-UN partnerships an asset;
  • Familiarity with recent trends in corporate sustainability and related areas highly desirable;
  • Knowledge in the field of women’s economic empowerment is desirable.


  • Fluency in English or any other UN languages is an asset.

UN Women Internship Policy:

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution.
  • 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 enrolment in a health insurance plan.

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