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: Women’s Peace and Security/Humanitarian Intern
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Internship|
|Post Level :||Intern|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Initial duration of 3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
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.
Nigeria’s central role in ECOWAS, its large population and strong economy is a strategic player in West Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. However, Nigeria faces several security challenges including low-intensity conflicts over resource wealth, crimes and kidnappings and in recent years, the onset of the conflict in the North-East of Nigeria between Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) and the Government. This conflict began in 2009, and has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over two million people and destroyed thousands of properties. Women have been the first victims of the displacement and human rights abuses triggered by the conflict.
In addition to the North-East conflict, Nigeria is confronted with pockets of conflict and insecurity in other regions of the country, which threaten to undermine peace in the country and which require a stronger engagement of women to support mediation and conflict prevention efforts. These include the long-standing conflicts over oil resource and wealth distribution in the Niger Delta; separatist agitation by segments of the Igbo population in the country’s South-East; and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, which stretch from the North-East, North-West, South West and South East of the country, and which is estimated to have resulted in more deaths than the North-East conflict.
Moreover, women’s role in the different conflicts has been overlooked and their capacity under-utilized, leaving untapped an incredible tool for transformative change and sustainable peace, as women are often seen only as victims of conflicts that need to be protected rather than agents of change for peace.
UN Women has just completed implementation of a four-year programme, “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria (2014-2018)”. The Programme supported the Nigerian Government at Federal level and three Northern States (Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe), to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings. The Programme facilitated the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).
UN Women works in the North-East, and has a field office in Maiduguri, Borno State (the epicenter of the Northeast conflict). It supports efforts on a gender inclusive and responsive humanitarian response, through mainstreaming gender in strategic frameworks and programmes and training humanitarian actors on Gender in humanitarian action (GiHA). UN Women also provides skills training and livelihoods support to conflict affected women and girls to boost their economic empowerment status. The office further strengthens women’s participation in humanitarian response, recovery and peacebuilding efforts and has implemented projects in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States.
Within the context of UN Women’s support to women’s peace and security and humanitarian response, the office is looking for an innovative, outstanding and committed intern, working under the supervision of the Programme Managers on Women’s Peace and Security (WPS) and Humanitarian Action (HA). The intern will support the roll-out of WPS and Humanitarian projects currently supported by UN Women, with a focus on ensuring women’s engagement and participation in peacebuilding, economic empowerment/recovery and minimizing gender inequalities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities:
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values
Development and Innovation
Work in teams
Communicating and Information Sharing
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making
Required Skills and Experience
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women
Interested Candidates should apply online through the website by clicking on the Apply now button. The system will prompt you to upload a CV on the next page. Please note that instead of a CV you're required to download the UNDP Personnel History Form (P11) from the following link http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc
United Nations Considerations:
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicant's bank accounts.
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.