Evaluation and Research Intern

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : New York
Application Deadline :13-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :

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.

The Independent Evaluation Service (IES) of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS) is the custodian of UN Women’s evaluation function, which is governed by the UN Women Evaluation Policy.

UN Women carries out corporate and decentralized evaluations. All evaluations are quality-assured through the Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) and results are presented at the annual session of the Executive Board through the Annual Report on Evaluation. All evaluations are publicly available on the Global Accountability and Tracking of Evaluation (GATE) system along with their management responses. The IES also develops guidelines and methodologies to mainstream gender equality and human rights perspectives in evaluation.

UN Women is the leading entity on gender-responsive evaluation and contributes to coherence on gender equality evaluation in the UN system by providing a repository of gender-related evaluations and ensuring the inclusion of a gender equality perspective in the work of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and by coordinating the reporting on the Evaluation Indicator of the UN System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP).

IES also works together with national governmental and non-governmental partners to strengthen gender-responsive evaluation and engages with regional Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation and national evaluation systems. UN Women works to strengthen organizations’ and individual evaluation capacities buildings.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Preparatory and research works for ongoing and upcoming evaluations:
    • Assist with relevant data collection and background research as well as the management of the repository of documents;
    • Assist with analysis of preliminary data and portfolio building;
    • Assist with identifying key documents and conducting stakeholder analysis; 
    • Assist with review of inception and draft reports for data accuracy;
  • Assistance in updating and maintaining UN Women Evaluation database and knowledge management system, including the UN Women Evaluation management and tracking systems (GATE) and Gender Equality Evaluation Database. 


  • Assistance in updating internal and external evaluation knowledge management system and in developing knowledge and/or communications products, such as presentations, briefs and other materials related to evaluation and/or evaluation functions.


  • Assistance in gender-responsive evaluation capacity building and the development of GRE evaluation tool initiatives.


  • Any other relevant tasks requested by the Independent Evaluation Service (IES)

Learning Objectives

  1. Learning about evaluation and implementation of gender equality programs in an international environment;
  2. Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  3. Enhanced capacity for monitoring and evaluation of gender equality interventions and institutions;
  4. Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and the broad UN community;
  5. Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.


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;
  • Caution when developing communication content on public fora and liaising with external partners.

Planning and Organizing

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

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studies in social science, gender issues, evaluation, political science, political economy, public administration or international development, or other similar subject at the university level;


  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, attention to conceptual accuracy and use of proper terminology;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage.

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

UN Women Internship Policy:

1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:


(a)    Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

(b)    Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent);

(c)    Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;


3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;


4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;


5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;


6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to positions in the professional and above category in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;


7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application

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