Gender Team Intern

Application Deadline :05-Sep-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
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a global organization with 18,000 staff working in approximately 170 offices globally. UNDP works in development and crisis settings with the aim to achieve the eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities and exclusion, and sustained development results. Coming together under the new framework of the Global Policy Network (GPN), the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and Crisis Bureau (CB) sit at the core of UNDP’s global policy, programming, and knowledge capacities.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP's approach to achieving its core vision. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDP's development mandate. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

The Gender Team of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is the institutional anchor of UNDP’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Gender Team provides policy advice and technical support to all of UNDP’s Bureaus and leadership on how to mainstream gender across all areas of their work. The Gender Team works to implement gender equality as a core objective of UNDP through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. 

In 2011, the Gender Team launched the Gender Equality Seal initiative. The Gender Equality Seal is a corporate certification process that recognizes good performance of UNDP Country Offices in delivering transformational gender equality results. The Seal generates incentives for solid work on gender equality, and empowers managers and Country Office team to enhance our work to support countries’ gender equality goals. Additionally, UNDP is supporting public and private organizations to implement a Gender Equality Seal Programme. Through the Seal Programme, UNDP provides government partners with tools, guidance and specific assessment criteria to ensure successful implementation and certification. For participating organizations, Gender Equality Seal certification supports a more efficient and equitable workplace and contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Gender Team seeks to hire one intern. The selected candidate will support the Gender Equality Seal programme and other research and reporting projects related to gender mainstreaming as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Policy Advisor for Gender Mainstreaming and the Gender Seal Team, the intern will perform the following duties:

  • Support the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal programme -– including assisting with tracking progress, review of results from the online assessment tool of the Gender Equality Seal; dissemination of results; systematization of good practices, innovations, and other data from the UNDP Gender Equality Seal Programme, etc.;
  • Assist in monitoring and assessing progress on the Gender Equality Seal;
  • Assist in the preparation and analysis of briefing notes and communications materials;
  • Assist with organizing and promoting learning and knowledge events;
  • Scan the internal and external environment for relevant knowledge sharing opportunities;
  • Assist with research, writing and sharing on UNDP knowledge networks.


  • Knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights in the context of development;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational and research skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong PowerPoint, Excel and design skills is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an asset;
  • Knowledge of evaluation processes is an asset;
  • Basic knowledge of statistics is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Enrolled or recently finished (within one year) a Masters programme in the areas of international development, gender studies, public administration, or related field in a graduate school (second university degree or higher) at the time of application and during the internship (if a candidate is graduating before the internship period begins, they are no longer eligible); or
  • If pursuing their studies in a country where higher education is not divided into undergraduate and graduate stages, must have completed at least four years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution toward the completion of a degree. (If your situation, please make it clear);

Please note: Non-masters level candidates will not be considered.


  • Academic knowledge and practical experience of gender mainstreaming processes;
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment is desirable;
  • Experience conducting research, writing and editing reports, creating presentations, and basic statistics knowledge;
  • Experience in developing countries/development project management especially on gender issues is desirable.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage.

In case an applicant is successfully selected, s/he will be requested to provide electronic versions of:

  • Copy of the applicant’s most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Letter from his/her university confirming current enrollment and graduation date;
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor;
  • Copy of his/her school transcript;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Completed UNDP internship application form (to be provided upon selection);
  • Signed UNDP Internship Agreement (to be provided upon selection);
  • Medical Certificate of Good Health (to be provided upon selection);
  • Proof of medical insurance (to be provided upon selection).

Kindly note the above documentation is required within one week after selection.


Interns are not financially remunerated by UNDP. The costs associated must be borne by the nominating institution, related institution or government, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students; or by the student, who will have to obtain financing for subsistence and make his or her own arrangements for travel, accommodation, visa, etc.


UNDP accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship.  As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, and they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNDP. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work. It must include adequate coverage in the event of an injury or illness during the internship which requires transportation to the Home Country or Country of Residence for further treatment; or results in death and requires preparation and return of the remains to the Home Country, or Country of Residence.

Subsequent Employment

The purpose of the Internship Programme in UNDP is not to lead to further employment with UNDP but to complement the intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Should an offer of employment be envisaged, a 3-month break, from the end of the internship, must be respected. Interns cannot apply for posts or consultancies during the period of internship.

Third-party claims

UNDP is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the interns during their internship.

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