Intern for Ending Violence Against Women Programme

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Location : Tirana, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :10-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :16 October 2017 through 31 March 2015


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.

Unit/ Project Background:

UN Women maintains a large presence throughout Europe and Central Asia region, covering 14 countries, with programme presence in Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244), Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine; country offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova; and remaining countries are covered through a multi-country office in Almaty that covers Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The adoption of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), and the fact that countries have to harmonize national legislation with the EU’s acquis as part of the accession process, has created an opportunity to step up UN Women efforts to bring a regional perspective to human rights-based programming in relation to regional and international agreements, and the European Union (EU) normative frameworks for accession countries related to gender equality discrimination, and more particularly, on ending violence against women in Albania and other countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

In this context the Regional Programme “Implementing norms, changing minds” is being implemented by UN Women with the financial support of the European Union. The programme,  which aims to support a reduction in discrimination and violence against women and girls in Turkey and six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), is anchored in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention, and also in alignment with European Union accession standards.  The programme supports the development of an enabling legislative and policy environment on eliminating violence against women and all forms of discrimination; promotes favorable social norms and attitudes to prevent gender discrimination and violence against women; and pursues empowering women and girls (including those from disadvantaged groups) who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible, and quality services. The programme will channel its interventions through and for women’s organizations, with an emphasis on those working with women from disadvantaged groups.

Within this context, the UN Women office in Albania is seeking an intern, who under the direct supervision of the Project Analyst, will supports the implementation of the regional program and other UN Women indicatives related to end violence against women (EVAW).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the National Project Technical Analyst of Ending Violence Against Women the intern will conducts the following:

  • Support the office in the implementation of activities related to the regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” and other initiatives related to EVAW,
  • Conduct research and assist in collecting and analyzing data related to violence against women in Albania;
  • Support the Albanian office with the implementation of the Communication and Visibility Action Plan of the regional programme, including monitoring the national and international press on articles related to violence against women, support the drafting process of articles for the regional office newsletter
  • Support UN Women Office in communication with partners especially civil society organizations , EU and other international organizations;
  • Support the UN Women Office awareness raising activities on gender equality and violence against women, and in organizing and events/activities related to 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, activities related to UN Secretary Generals campaign UNITE, especially in relation to communication via social media;
  • Support UN Women office in drafting concept notes, meeting minutes or any other related document;
  • Assist UN Women staff in various research and fundraising tasks related to EWAV;
  • Assist UN Women staff in various admin tasks;

Learning objectives:

·Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system.

·Increase knowledge and understanding of issues related to communication and awareness raising as well as gender and EWAV;

  • Increase knowledge on communication and awareness raising as tools to address gender inequality and violence against women;
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
  • Develop project management and evaluation skills. 


Core Values and Guiding Principles:*

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Excellent research skills and academic writing abilities;
  • Good computer and related programme skills
  • Good data collection and analysis skills;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studies in social science, political studies, law, development studies, politics, gender/women studies, journalism, communication studies or other similar subject at the university level.
  • 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 defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English and Albanian are required.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application application agreement form, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment.

How to submit the application:

  • Please download and complete the internship application form (link application agreement form);
  • Merge the completed form, the letters of recommnedation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement); Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.


In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women Internship Policy:

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

(a)    Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b)    Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or         equivalent);

(c)    Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.

2) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

3) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

4) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

5) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

6) 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;

7) 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.

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