Communications Intern (UN Women Project Office in Kosovo)

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Location : Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline :03-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 6 months from the start date
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 6 months from the start date


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: UN Women has been active in Kosovo since 1999 (then still as UNIFEM). UN Women in Kosovo supports local partners’ efforts that focus on implementation of UNSCR 1325, increasing women’s participation in decision-making, promoting the use of gender perspectives in policy development, strengthening the protection of women affected by conflict, reinforcing the capacities at local and central levels to counter gender-based and domestic violence, amplifying calls for accountability and advancing the status of women in post-conflict settings. UN Women in Kosovo chairs the multi-stakeholder Security and Gender Group (SGG), which is composed of representatives from international organizations present in Kosovo, as well as from government institutions and women’s civil society organizations. The aim of the group is to ensure coordination and collaboration on gender and security issues and related activities and undertakings. UN Women aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women, by implementing the regional programme ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’, funded by the European Union. Through the implementation of the joint project ‘Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future in Kosovo’ (with UNDP-UNV/Unicef) UN Women aims at increased leadership capacity and influence of women and young girls to engage in gender-sensitive peacebuilding. With the Joint United Nations Police, Justice and Corrections Support Programme in Kosovo, UN Women strengthens the capacities of key stakeholders on gender-based violence and domestic violence, including of the Police, Judiciary, and shelters at local and central level. UN Women supports the Regional Women’s Lobby for Peace and Security in South-Eastern Europe to work towards strengthening the position of women in democratization and the post-conflict recovery process by advancing justice and reconciliation. 

UN Women is also leading activities to mark international advocacy days, such as the 8th of March (International Women’s Day), anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (October 31) and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (2018 Campaign Facebook Page: 
Under direct supervision of the Head of Office, the intern supports the implementation of the communication strategy of the UN Women overall programme to increase the standing and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media and the public. Intern also supports various activities of other staff members.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the office in outreach and communication related work for UN Women Kosovo Office in cooperation with UN Women staff, including UN Kosovo Team initiatives;  
  • Support the UN Women Office in awareness raising on gender equality and violence against women, and in organizing and events/activities related to 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10), and  other UN Advocacy days where UN Women has a leading role, such as Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 (October 31), and International Women’s Days (March 8) especially in the field of communication via social media and post-activity/event follow-up reporting;
  • Support administration and managing of UN Women Facebook page and prepare regular posts on relevant topics as per Communications Strategy and in accordance with UN Women staff ;
  • Draft and share meeting minutes from staff meetings, Security and Gender Group meetings and any other meetings participated in, as required;
  • Assist UN Women staff in various research tasks related to gender equality and women’s empowerment (in Kosovo);
  • Assist the UN Women staff on implementation of various activities related to UN Women projects (e.g. preparation of trainings, workshops or advocacy actions; drafting letters and other documents);
  • Support UN Women activities related to the Sustainable Developemnt Goals (SDGs), with a special emphasis on SDG 5 (Gender Equality), and other activities related to the UN Kosovo Team Common Development Plan (CDP) 2016-2020;

Learning objectives:

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s mandate and work and the UN system.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of issues related to communication and awareness raising as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
  • Develop communications, 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:

  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings; 
  • Good knowledge of thematic area;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills; ability to mobilize interest and support with a wide range of audiences;
  • Deep knowledge of development policy and women’s rights, use of social, media relations, information culture and practices;
  • Operational experience within or in-depth study of the current social, economic, political, security and conflict dynamics of South East Europe and/or Kosovo.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must be pursuing / have pursued studies in social science, political studies, 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. 


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; knowledge of any local language (Albanian/Serbian) is an asset.

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) 

Application Instructions:

  • Click on the "Apply now" button.
  • Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. You can type in, or paste your short Resume into the last box.
  • Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. On the next page, you will be asked to upload your Resume.
  • System will only allow one attachment. All docs (CV; internship application, two letters of recoomendations, proof of health insurance and schhool enrollment, copy of passport and visa (if applicable) should be included as one attachment).

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 (a) or (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 position in UN WOMEN in the professional and above categories 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.

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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