Intern - Gender

Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :26-Aug-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 works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. The key 2030 Agenda principle of leaving no one behind and stamping out inequality is at the core of everything we do.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.


UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, along with the Pacific Office in Suva, primarily provide UNDP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific with easy access to knowledge through high quality advisory services and technical support based on global applied research and UNDP lessons learnt.

The second priority is to provide regional thought leadership, build partnerships and promote regional capacity building, which allow UNDP, governments and other development partners to identify, create and share knowledge relevant to solving urgent development challenges.

More concretely, the work of the Bangkok Regional Hub includes the following:

  • Policy Research & Analysis;
  • Programme Development & Technical Backstopping;
  • Strategic Policy Advice & Advocacy;
  • Capacity Development & Training;
  • Knowledge Services;
  • Communications.

Gender inequalities remain common throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This persistence is particularly troubling when considering the enormous economic progress the region has made.  This continuing discrimination and neglect threaten the security and well-being of women and their families throughout Asia and the Pacific.

For UNDP, gender equality is primarily a matter of human rights.  It also recognizes the role of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a driver for sustainable development.  UNDP believes that unless women and men are able to fully realize their rights in all spheres of life, human development will not be advanced.  Recognizing that gender equality is underpinned across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNDP advocates for the role of gender equality as an accelerator and integrator in any efforts to advance the SDGs implementation at the regional level as well as country level.

Accordingly, gender equality and women’s empowerment are integrated into every aspect of UNDP’s work in supporting countries through a range of programmes and projects. 

In the recent years, UNDP’s key contribution to the regional level gender equality advocacy in Asia and the Pacific has been demonstrated in the following areas:

  • Integration of gender equality perspectives in development planning
  • Promoting gender-responsive access to justice
  • Advocating for gender equality in economic independence
  • Addressing gender-based violence prevention
  • Increasing gender equality in political decision-making
  • Engendering HIV and AIDS prevention and response
  • Advocating for the rights of LGBTIs
  • Addressing gender-influenced experiences of climate change

Promoting women’s agency in early recovery and peacebuilding

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will assist in the following duties and responsibilities:


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The Intern will work under the overall guidance of Regional Gender Team Leader (Koh Miyaoi).  The Intern will work closely with members of the Bangkok Regional Hub, including but not limited to members of the Regional Communications Team and Regional Programme and Policy Support Team.  S/he is also expected to engage substantively with the members of the Bangkok Regional Hub Gender Equality Signature Solution Team, the Bangkok Regional Hub Feminist Network, and other team initiatives led by Regional Gender Team Leader.  If and when required, the Intern will also engage in UN interagency initiatives related to gender equality and empowerment of women.

The Intern will be undertaking the following tasks:


  • Design, compile and develop the contents for the Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Dispatch (UNDP Asia-Pacific’s bi-annual online newsletter), including texts and visual images



  • Write a blog about one issue relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Asia and the Pacific



  • Support the organization of a regional ideation workshop on gender equality and women’s empowerment



  • Support process of developing solutions using a human-centered design approach to transform gender stereotypes



  • Update the gender mainstreaming capacity mapping of UNDP in Asia and the Pacific




  • Support other/ad hoc activities as seen relevant and needed.



Other competencies and attitude:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience


Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree; or
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s degree; or
  • have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree or equivalent studies.

Field of study: Gender Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Development Studies, or Social Policies or equivalent.

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation in the field of social development is an asset.

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Experience in developing communication materials using online media tools.

Language skills:

  • English required;
  • Knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.


  • UNDP internships are not remunerated. All expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern or her/his sponsoring entity;
  • UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are 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 UNDP during the period of the internship;
  • Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity;
  • Interns are expected to work full time but flexibility is allowed for education programmes;
  • Interns need to obtain financing for subsistence and make own arrangements for internship, travel, VISA, accommodation, etc.

NOTE: If selected for the position, interns are requested to provide a letter from university confirming current enrollment and graduation date, a copy of school transcript, a letter of endorsement from a professor, a medical certificate of good health, a copy of medical insurance coverage during internship assignment in Thailand, and a copy of passport.

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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