Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Intern

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Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :25-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 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.


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.

The UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) was established in Istanbul, Turkey, at the beginning of 2014 as a part of the UN Women’s new regional architecture. The UN Women ECARO leads and supports the field offices in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UN Women through partnership development and resource mobilization. These strategic relationships cover a wide range and number of key development partners, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economic powers, sub-national partners, civil society, multilateral and regional institutions, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, inter-governmental bodies, as well as the media. To this end, the UN Women ECARO needs to develop and implement relevant strategies in engaging with this wide spectrum of partners.

The UN Women ECARO is responsible for non-core fundraising at the regional level and for building capacities of and supporting country offices in resource mobilization. Resource mobilization efforts for gender equality in the ECA region are embedded within a changing paradigm of global partnership for development. As a region with a large number of middle income countries, resource mobilization presents many context-specific challenges and opportunities. As such, the UN Women ECARO needs to engage in a wide variety of efforts to mobilize resources, working within the reality of the strained financial climate among traditional donors. Thus, there is a strong need for the ECARO to be strategic and innovative to mobilize resources from new and diverse sources in coming years.

To support the work in the areas of partnerships and resource mobilization, the ECA Regional Office is currently seeking an intern.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Advisor of UN Women ECA Regional Office (ECA RO), the intern will provide the support to the implementation of 2018 Work Plan of ECA RO, specifically the planned activities in the areas of partnerships and resource mobilization.  This includes the following responsibilities and learning objectives: 

·         Support to analyze and develop visual representation of UN Women ECA contributions in preparation for meetings with partners.

·         Support preparations of meetings with partners, including the annual meeting for the Regional Civil Society Advisory Group for Europe and Central Asia, meetings and events related to cooperation with the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and the Balkans & Black Sea Forum (BBSF), as well as meetings with key inter-governmental partners active in the ECA region including Council of Europe, OSCE, UNECE, EIGE amongst others.

·         Monitor ECA region donor reporting commitments, follow up and alerting on upcoming deadlines, provide support to review and quality assurance of narrative donor reporting, including liaising with donor report editor consultants to facilitate submission of draft reports for review.

·         Monitor updating of pipeline into Leads system and provide details to supervisor.

·         Undertakes ad-hoc donor studies (donor policies, sectoral and geographic preferences, economic and political background, development assistance strategies etc.), research and other activities to identify funding opportunities.

·         Undertake research for possible new partnerships, including due diligence for private sector partnerships upon request.

·         Additional support to the Programme Advisor in her/his functions as needed.

Learning Objectives:

·         By the end of the internship the intern should have a good working knowledge of the resource mobilization function of UN Women as well as a clear understanding of the relationship building with partners and clients;

·         At the end of the internship the intern should have a better understanding of the complex functions and dynamics of an international organization working in the development sector, and its impact in the UN System as well as at the national and regional levels;

·         The intern should leave with an improved understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and how UN Women’s work is changing global perspectives about these areas.


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:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities.

Required Skills and Experience


·         The intern must have studies in political science, public administration, international development/relations, gender studies, economic studies, social sciences 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 are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage.


·         Strong computer skills with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point are required.

·         Skills and experience in using basic data analysis functions of Microsoft Excel to analyze quantitative data and to visualize data and findings are required.

·         Experience in drafting and editing texts in English language is required.  

·         Basic experience in coordinating and/or organizing events and/or trainings is 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, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)


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 a one-year period of graduation.

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.

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