Intern - Support the Empower Women Platform

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Location : Dakar, SENEGAL
Application Deadline :20-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Duration of Initial Contract :03 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :03 Months


UN Women, Regional Office for West and Central Africa in Dakar is looking for an intern to support the Empower Women Team, Women’s Economic Empowerment unit.

UN Women is managing the Empower Women Project ( This online portal connects women and men globally to take action for women’s economic rights and opportunities, and give women a voice as decision makers and leaders. We are dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full potential. When women and girls are empowered, the world is a more prosperous, healthy and peaceful place for everyone.

Empower Women enables individual women to further their aspirations and economic goals while creating a global community of people who work at the local, national and global level to further women’s economic empowerment. Our members are women and men from the private sector, civil society, academia, governments and international organizations in more than 190 countries. Many of our members are young women and men students: from high school to university. Many of our resources are provided by our members, who contribute to our Library and Learning Center.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Regional Coordinator of Empower Women and through a collaborative working relationship with other members of the Women’s Economic Empowerment unit, the intern will assist the Team with the effective roll out of the French version of the platform.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Content Development

  • Conduct research of resources and training opportunities in French or pertaining to the West and central Africa region;
  • Assist in finding and editing stories for the I am (wo)man campaign and the blog;
  • Assist in the drafting of knowledge products such as country profiles, gender profiles, etc as well as translations of documents
  • Take the lead on writing articles for the global monthly newsletter;
  • Initiate online discussions and draft brief summaries following e-discussions and other meetings on women’s economic empowerment;
  • Monitor the content management system’s log of publications, review and publish them;
  • Research and select interesting content in media as well as other content sources on women’s economic empowerment;
  • Research interesting events and opportunities from partners.

Communication and outreach 

  • Support the drafting of the communications strategy for the Francophone community;
  • Draft media and social media plans and messages for specific events;
  • Assist in developing incentive initiatives and creative ideas for social media campaigns to the network of followers and draw attention to the French version of the platform.


  • Assist in identifying experts and regionally diverse organizations with expertise on women’s economic empowerment and invite them to participate in Empower Women’s activities
  • Conduct research to identify potential partners and networking groups of common interests
  • Assist in managing a group of Global Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment

Support any other tasks relevant to the effective development and implementation of the platform and any other relevant tasks to support the Empower Women Team at large


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by upholding the United Nations’ values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes UN Women vision, mission and strategic goals.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age-based sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional competencies:


  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills;
  • Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English or French and a good command in the other language;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Proficiency with Online communication, including Skype, etc.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrollment in a graduate-level degree (Master) programme in gender and development or related fields such as development economics, social sciences, international trade and development, with a focus on gender.


  • Strong academic background in communications, public relations, economics, journalism, development communications, international development, knowledge management, new media, digital marketing or other related field.
  • Experience with social media management, content management systems, knowledge in writing, editing and publishing online material and using multiple communication tools and tactics.


  • Fluency in English (written and oral).
  • Fluency in French (written and oral).


  • 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.

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.

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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