Security Access Strategy in Fragile States

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Application Deadline :06-Feb-17 (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)
Expected Duration of Assignment :3-6 Months or negotiated part time


The Security Section at UN Women Headquarters in New York seeks to enlist a full-time or part-time intern to support the section in the development of an internal ‘Security Access’ strategy, specific to Fragile State environments. The research and development of specific gender sensitive and responsive prevention and mitigation measures, materials and future implementation strategy.  

The position is located within the UN Women Department of Management and Administration, Office of the Security Services Section. The Security Access Intern will report directly to the UN Women Global Security Associate, under the oversight of the Global Security Adviser. 

Duties and Responsibilities

In line with the approved UN Women Security Services Section Annual Work Plan (AWP). The Security Access Intern, will provide support to the development of outputs, whilst also scoping internal UN Women programme security access requirements; will develop gender specific prevention and mitigation measures; and coordinate with the UN Women Security Communications and Advocacy Focal Point with regard a roll out plan and materials.

The Intern will be responsible for the following:

Research and develop an internal UN Women ‘Security Access’ strategy, focused on high risk and fragile environments and assist in its implementation.

  • The Intern will liaise and coordinate with, appropriate units, divisions and sections internally, utilizing all available mediums;
  • The Intern will communicate with, appropriate UN Agencies Funds and Programmes, utilizing all available mediums;
  • The intern will through research and evaluation, identify and develop specific prevention and mitigation measures aligned to security supported programme access in hostile environments.

Coordinate with the UN Women Security Communications and Advocacy Focal Point with regard a communications plan and appropriate materials. The update and where and when necessary, population of the UN Women Security Services Section Intranet portal, under the guidance of the UN Women Global Security Associate.

  • Support the development of information and communications materials (as required);
  • Implementation of internal subject specific communications;
  • Support the update of the UN Women Intranet portal, with subject specific materials and information as required.



  • Study or experience in the field of security risk management is desirable.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Proficient in using new technologies, web-based platforms.
  • Interest in women’s rights issues or international development/relations.
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Must be a graduate of an undergraduate programme that includes the study of security or be a recent graduate of such a programme.
  • Must have valid visa for the United States of America

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