Internship on Gender and Sustainable Development goals.

Location : Panama, PANAMA
Application Deadline :26-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months, full time

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 UNDP Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean, through its Gender Practice Area, develops various initiatives and work strategies that foster the consolidation of national capacities in order to promote, together with multiple organizations and stakeholders, policies and programmes that respond to prevalent gender inequality scenarios in our region. In this context, a number of initiatives have been launched to ensure that policies, programmes and national and regional projects will play their part in helping to eliminate gender gaps.

With this backdrop in mind, the UNDP Gender Department aims to contribute to the development of policies, projects and strategic initiatives that transform the structures, values and paradigms that perpetuate gender inequality throughout the region, by strengthening the capacities of partner countries and country offices with a view to mainstreaming gender equality in key policy and service delivery. This with regard to four specific areas:

Sustainable development: Inclusive growth, economic empowerment of women,strengthening sustainable livelihoods, care economy and social protection systems, employment equity policies, private sector and gender equality and disaster risk management and gender equality.
Democratic Governance: Political participation of women, gender mainstreaming in the state and parliaments and gender equality.
Resilience: Citizen security and gender equality, eliminating violence against women and adapting to climate change and gender.
Post 2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Innovation and knowledge management to ensure equality.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Main tasks: Under the direct supervision of the Gender Team Leader, the intern based in the Regional Hub in Panamá, will support the delivery of activities and undertake advocary and coordination and the following main areas:

1. Supporting the development and implementation of a communication strategy, including advocating with country offices and governments.
2. Prepare quarterly newsletter in English and Spanish.
3. Keep the gender area web site up dated.
Programme Implementation:
1. Assist the specialists on regional projects on private sector and gender parties and political participation, social protection and violence against women, undertaking secondary research to support the development of concept notes, Terms of reference, and other significant work being develop by the gender area.
2. Support the team leader in the development of key programme priorities implementation of the work plan and reporting.
1. Participate and support the organization of regional events organized by the gender team.
2. Participate and support the organization of web meeting, webinars and other web based activities organized by the gender area.



  •  Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  •  Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  •  Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  •  Treats all people fairly without favoritism
  •  Strong IT skills

Personal Skills:

  •  Creative, proactive and supportive
  •  Ability to work in team; creating a positive environment,
  •  Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  •  Ability to write concise and analytical reports

Required Skills and Experience

Education, Experience, Language requirements


 •  Masters Degree in Social Sciences, humanities, gender studies or any other field relevant o to UNDP’s mandate.
  • Theoretical knowledge of gender and development.
  • Formal training and/or solid and relevant experience in gender mainstreaming.
  • Interest in and preferably some prior experience with working in a developing country context.
  • Strong commitment to promoting gender equality, excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Experience: It is desirable that the intern has some previous experience working on projects related to international cooperation or investigations on any other relevant field related to development cooperation.

Language Requirements: 
Spanish and English

• UNDP internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
• UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months;
• All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
• UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
• Proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the location in which the internship will be carried out;
• 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 UNDP 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;
• 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;

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.


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