Women, Peace and Security Intern

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Application Deadline :20-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months (can be extended 1-3 months)

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.


The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist the Peace and Security team with ensuring follow-up to key commitments under resolution 2242 and the global study on resolution 1325. 

Specifically, the intern will:

  • Support the team with substantive preparations for the Secretary-General's annual report to the Security Council and the General Assembly.  
  • Provide technical support to communications and media-related work to promote the Global Study on 1325 and other knowledge products on women, peace and security,  including the external website and intranet, to promote the team's work on mediation, transitional justice, rule of law, national action plans, peacebuilding, prevention of sexual violence and violent extremism, and the Security Council. 
  • Flag relevant new research and publications, especially new facts and figures on women, peace and security. 
  • Support donor reporting for the team’s global programmes.
  • Other tasks as required by the Peace and Security Section.


  • Strong academic background in international development or peace and security;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment;
  • Excellent communications skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled in a Master’s Degree programme in law, gender studies, international relations, human rights, development studies or related field.


  • Experience working in an international environment would be desirable;
  • Knowledge and understanding of post-conflict contexts, especially as related to women and gender issues.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of one other UN official language is highly desirable.

UN Women Internship Policy:

  • 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 health insurance plan. To be eligible, they must be enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate programme, or be in the final year of a first university degree programme (bachelor’s level or equivalent). If they have recently graduated from university, they must be able to commence the internship within one year of graduation.

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