Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :27-Jun-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 :6 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.


The UN Women office in Ethiopia plays a dual role, representation to the African Union (AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and representation to Ethiopia. In this regard, under its regional function, the Ethiopia country office engages with the AU and its various organs, the United Nations system particularly ECA, regional CSOs and international NGO, as well as the diplomatic community and in particular, delegations to the African Union. Through the office, UN Women provides technical support to member states, the AU and ECA in the adoption, implementation and monitoring of commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) at the regional level, and in accordance with its mandate. Furthermore, the Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) will represent UN Women in the UN Liaison Team and contributes to gender mainstreaming in UN System in the context of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) Africa to advance the GEWE agenda on the continent.

In implementing its Strategic Note (2017-2020), UN Women ECO through its Liaison function to the AU and ECA aims at providing technical assistance to the African Union Commission through the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) to effectively mainstream gender issues in AU and its programs and policy processes. UN Women ECO also collaborates with relevant departments of the 

AUC for gender responsive development and implementation of regional initiatives. In addition, the ECO continues to establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant UN agencies, INGOs and CSOs to implement catalytic initiatives in supporting the continental GEWE agenda. In this regard, the ECO will carry out knowledge management activities by tracking the implementation of policies as well as identifying and disseminating advocacy messages and good practices to inform decisions and priorities of the AU and its organs. The ECO accordingly proposes to catalyze the adoption and implementation of gender responsive regional policies which inform programming, policy and partnerships at different levels in Africa.

To this end, UN Women ECO is seeking to engage a Knowledge Management and Coordination Intern who will support the implementation of the UN Women ECO Liaison Strategic Note and Annual Work Plans informed by his/her understanding of gender equality women’s empowerment issues in the Africa region.

Duties and Responsibilities

With guidance and overall supervision of the UN Women Regional Liaison Adviser, and under close supervision from the Liaison Specialist, the Intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Prepare concept notes, agendas and related working documents for the ECO regional level policy advocacy and strategic partnership building initiatives
  2. Contribute to the documentation and dissemination of lessons learned in the promotion of GEWE
  3. Collect data for talking points, briefing notes and policy briefs to be conducted on the regional level activities of the office.
  4. Contribute to the Ethiopia Country Office regional level quarterly and annual reports.
  5. Support Ethiopia Country Office communications team through contribution to visibility products on regional level initiatives.
  6. Provide logistical support to the coordination of advocacy events and ensure the documentation of the outcomes
  7. Maintain and update the calendar of the liaison internal and external meetings
  8. Undertake any other relevant duty as may be required. 

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of regional GEWE policy issues
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting


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:


  • Familiarity with Africa regional gender equality issues
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks with varying complexity
  • Ability to adapt in a constantly-changing and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written, verbal, & interpersonal communication skills as well as exemplary customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and strong teamwork capacity
  • A self-starter; able to anticipate issues and propose solutions
  • Strong interest in working in the UN system, particularly on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women;
  • General IT competence and command of main office software programmes. 

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must currently be enrolled in a graduate (Master's) degree program or a final academic year of a first university degree programme or recently graduated from university and will be able to commence the internship within one year of graduation. In the fields of Social Science, Law, Development Studies, Gender/Women studies, or other similar subjects.
  • Having similar experience in gender related issues especially with government organizations or other development partners is a plus.


  • Excellent communication skill (written and oral) in English language. Knowledge of French language is a plus.

UN Women Internship Policy

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application must be aware of the following rules:

  • UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship; 
  • UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship; 

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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