Intern on SGBV/EVAW

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kinshasa, CONGO, DEM. REPUBLIC
Application Deadline :30-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


UN Women Background:

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:

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the security situation in the country is unstable with visible impacts on the economic, political and humanitarian fronts, and consequences on the rights of women and girls. Despite modest progress recorded in the past years, the security and humanitarian situation in the Eastern part of the DRC remains fragile. Women represent some 50% of refugees in the DRC and are at perpetual risk of gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as rape and domestic violence. Gender-based violence and unequal power relations between women and men significantly affect the prospects of advancement, participation and general wellbeing of women, particularly in situations of conflict. This issue needs to be urgently addressed. The country has made great strides in investigating and prosecuting of sexual offences however a lot still needs to be done.



Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Functions:

Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and direct supervision of the UN Women Program staff, the Intern will support the UN Women office in DRC by undertaking the following tasks:

  • Provide support to the SGBV/EVAW
  • Support processes to undertake formative research, and in close collaboration with stakeholders including developing evidence-based behavior change communication strategies and tools
  • Work with country teams to ensure the production and refinement of short good practice thematic briefs
  • Provide inputs to progress reports and donor reports for the EVAW’s projects
  • Support the capacity building of staff/stakeholders including women groups and networks on advocacy and delivery of initiatives for aspiring women candidates – including on other gender-related topics at all levels.
  • Support in the drafting of proposals to donors
  • Provide assistance in documenting lessons learned in gender integration in electoral processes.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Senior Management


Learning Objectives:

  • .Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  • Learning the work in SGBV/EVAW;
  • .Experience in working with women affected by violence in developing countries;

- Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and pillars;

- Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.



The below Core Values and Core Competencies are required for all positions. To add particular skills, qualifications, and/or competencies for the position you are advertising, please include those under Functional Competencies below.

Core Values and Guiding Principles:*


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


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

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.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

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 other.

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 sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
  • s with partners and stakeholders; Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partner
  • Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing: Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments


Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to analyze data and to interpret and evaluate results, and create reports and/or presentations.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer software (i.e. MS Excel, Access, oracle, etc.) for database development and management.
  • Communicating clearly and objectively the work done and the resulting findings.
  • Use appropriate standards for reporting certain findings or recommendations.
  • Ability to follow instructions through a standard work process.
  • Ability to perform routine tasks and to check work for accuracy before completion of tasks.
  • Advocacy/Advancing: Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences in advocating for UN Women's mandate within the broader context of Communicating
  • Builds Strategic Partnerships: Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders; Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partner
  • Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing: Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments


Required Skills and Experience


The below qualifications are required, however you may make changes to the university subject and languages portion.


  • The intern must have studies in Public Administration, Public Policies, International Development, International Relations or related fields (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent), 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English and French are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage

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, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)


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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