Programme Intern

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Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :24-Nov-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :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.

Unit/Project Background:

UN Women Regional Office for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region was established in Istanbul, Turkey, at the beginning of 2014 as a part of the UN Women’s new regional architecture. Much progress has been made since the establishment, but at the same time, the Regional Office faces high expectations and demands from partners at both regional and country levels as well as from UN Women Field Offices. The UN Women ECA RO leads and supports Field Offices in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UN Women through partnership development and resource mobilization. To this end, UN Women ECA Regional Office (RO) would like to bring on board an Intern to learn and provide support for relevant regional programmes and initiatives, particularly in relation to UN Women’s work on issues related to the normative work of the Regional Office, and partnership building.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of ECA RO Programme Specialist, the Intern will work in close collaboration with the Programme Team in the RO, ensuring timely support in carrying out proper processes related to advancing the normative work of the office, programme development, as well as other cross-cutting areas of knowledge management, research, and analysis.

The Intern is expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Support in a review of available documents and researches to contribute to programme development and management, as requested, on topics related to the thematic areas of work of UN Women, with strong focus on the normative work and partnership building;
  • Compile information from different sources and produce analytical synopses;
  • Collect information and data and develop visual representation of UN Women ECA contributions to be used for preparation of briefing notes, talking points, reports and meetings as required;
  • Support preparations of meetings with partners, including the annual meeting for the Regional Civil Society Advisory Group for Europe and Central Asia, meetings and events with key inter-governmental partners active in the ECA region;
  • Contribute to data entry and database updating/revision programme related documents;
  • Support preparations for regional and sub-regional activities and events;
  • Support in editing and revision of reports, briefs, and other documents as needed;
  • Undertakes ad-hoc studies (policy related reviews, development assistance strategies etc.), research and other activities to identify partnership opportunities;
  • Undertake research for possible new partnerships, including due diligence for private sector partnerships upon request;
  • Provide support on additional tasks and projects related to the RO Programme team’s regional work.

Learning objectives:

  • UN Women programme management – overall approaches and corporate practice
  • UN Women partnership strategy and approaches
  • UN Women Knowledge Management policy;
  • Thematic policies and areas of UN Women work – gender responsive governance, etc.


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

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities;
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings;
  • Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively;
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Excel to analyze and visualize data and findings

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, human rights, international relations, or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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); Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, or Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as 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.

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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