Intern for Empower Women Project

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :17-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months (full-time)


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.

Empower Women provides tools and resources so that women can find decent work, start and grow prosperous organizations and businesses that create equal opportunities for both women and men. We offer unparalleled content, learning resources and community-building tools. 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 ECA Regional Manager of Empower Women, and through a collaborative working relationship with other members of the Empower Women Team, the Intern will assist the Team with the day-to-day work. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon based on these suggested tasks and responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in identifying experts and regionally diverse organizations with expertise on women’s economic empowerment and invite them to register to the Empower Women;
  • Assist in identifying knowledge resources needed in the region to enhance EmpowerWomen products and services;
  • Assist in the collection of lessons learned on women’s economic empowerment in the region;
  • Assist in the mapping of training opportunities for the Learning Center;
  • Assist in the organization of knowledge management and capacity building events as well as outreach materials;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of EmpowerWomen;
  • Filter regional messages, contributions and queries to determine the most relevant information and resources to be shared with the global EmpowerWomen and with other regions/languages;
  • Monitor the content management system’s log of publications, review and publish them;
  • Oversee the regional e-discussions and prepare responses to questions and brief summaries of key recommendations;
  • Draft social media plans for specific events;
  • Draft messages for Twitter (@Empower_Women); Facebook (; and Instagram ( in English and other languages (tbc) and post them on Hootsuite.
  • Monitor Empower Women website for attractive quotes and content (e.g. e-discussions, opportunities, events, blog, I am (wo)man Campaign, iLearn, News and Updates sections) as well as the Empower Women You Tube account for new content;
  • 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;
  • Create visuals for daily social media posts as well as special events (e.g. as UN General Assembly in September);
  • Expand the network of followers and engage with them on a daily basis;
  • Create and update social tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin) and propose creative ideas for social media campaigns;
  • Monitor social media accounts for mentions, positive and negative comments, questions and flag them to the Empower Women Team, and prepare weekly evaluation reports;
  • Support the Empower Women’s Twitter Chats and Tweetathons; and live tweeting from UN and other events;
  • Support the preparation of Empower Women’s’ weekly notifications and Monthly Newsletters;
  • Support any other task relevant to the effective development and implementation of the Empower Women.



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

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.

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
  • Contribute related knowledge and understanding to appropriate meetings, brainstorming sessions, and other events as requested.

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 others.

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 the sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision-making abilities

Required Skills and Experience


  • Strong academic studies in social sciences, economics, law, international development, journalism, knowledge management, business, management, 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;
  • Excellent written and oral communication, research and analytical skills, and an ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Effective Team player with the ability to work and think independently, and to be resourceful and proactive;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail in a deadline-driven environment;
  • Demonstrated interest in knowledge management, social media and online engagement;
  • Passion for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.


  • Fluency in English and Russian is required;
  • Another language would be an advantage.

Learning Elements

  • Increased understanding of UN’s work, in particular UN Women.
  • Women’s economic empowerment, knowledge management, and digital media and marketing in an international environment.
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units.
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
  • Participate in Team-organize webinars, google hangouts and other learning opportunities.

UN Women Internship Policy:

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

  • 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 a one-year period of graduation.

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, 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 enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, 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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