Intern- Response, Recovery and Resilience

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :05-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :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.

As the protracted nature of the Syrian conflict is becoming more apparent and its impact on neighboring countries and host communities more severe, there is an increasing recognition among all partners that the development challenges arising from the crisis need accelerated actions and enhanced capacity in order to be addressed. In this respect, UN Women is contributing to the UNCT and HCT processes to support the Jordanian Government’s efforts and the UN humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the Jordanian host communities. UN efforts have led to the preparation and adoption of a National Resilience Plan (NRP), the Jordan Response Plan for the Syria Crisis, which provide a coordinated and coherent multi-sectorial national response to the crisis.

To date, UN Women’s support to recovery efforts has entailed:

  • Supporting Syrian women refugees’ access to economic opportunities and to basic services, including working in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan through income-generating projects and access to psycho-social and legal support for GBV survivors; This work is currently being scaled up to Azraq camp;
  • Providing support to Jordanian nationals and Syrian refugees in the areas of service delivery and decision making in hosting communities, and providing Jordanian nationals with concrete employment and livelihoods opportunities;
  • Ensuring that there is knowledge and expertise available to address Syrian women’s humanitarian needs by the UN, the international community and other partners through assessments and documentation of the specific needs of Syrian women and girl refugees.

Against this background, UN Women is seeking to expand its work in the area of women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods in host communities affected by the Syrian crisis, and is providing ongoing technical support to the Government of Jordan and partners in support of gender mainstreaming through the humanitarian and resilience response.  Additionally, UN Women has brought on line a new work stream on women, peace and security.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Unit, the intern will provide support to the following key tasks in the areas of peace, security and humanitarian action.  A work plan with achievements for the duration of the internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon commencement of the position.

1- Provide administrative and organizational support to the implementation of the portfolio

  • Support implementation of programme activities;

 2- Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Support monitoring of partners’ work and compiling of monitoring reports

 3- Provide inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Produce research briefs, talking points, meeting minutes, etc.;
  • Compile secondary data on women’s rights/gender equality in Jordan as it relates to humanitarian action and women, peace and security;
  • Develop advocacy tools including on issues of women, peace and security and humanitarian action;
  • Support the roll out of strategic communications including documenting lessons learned from partners, engaging in social media, etc.;
  • Engage in policy research on women’s rights and gender equality in context of Syrian Crisis effects in Jordan.


Core Competencies:


  • Held colleagues and team members accountable for planned goals and competency standards;
  • Practiced giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Client Orientation

  • Proactively informed clients, preventing loss of time and errors;
  • Responded to questions, resolved problems, and helped provide accurate information to clients;
  • Identified, understood, and addressed client needs.

Commitment to Learning

  • Learned about agency, its processes, structure, challenges, and environment;
  • Contributed to knowledge sharing.


  • Produced communication products (written and oral);
  • Interpreted key messages for and from clients with cultural sensitivity.

Planning and Organizing

  • Developed work plans;
  • Implemented activities in a timely manner, met deadlines.


  • Coordinated work and roles with other team members;
  • Supported goals of the team;
  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent computer and research skills: Microsoft Office (Word Processing, Excel, PowerPoint) Microsoft project and info graphic creation distinct advantage;
  • Good computer typing skills.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Must be enrolled in a master’s, post-master’s or doctorate programme, or be in the final year of a first university degree programme (bachelor’s level or equivalent) in the field of political science, international relations, or related.
  • If you have recently graduated from university, you must be able to commence the internship within one year of graduation.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Arabic 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).


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.

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