Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Action Intern

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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :02-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :January-June 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months preferred, but shorter term with 3-month minimum commitment also accepted

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.


At the heart of UN Women's mandate in humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction is ensuring equality between women, men, and persons of diverse gender identities as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. Globally and in the Asia-Pacific region, we leverage our triple mandate —normative, coordination and operational – towards ensuring that gender equality and women's empowerment are systematically integrated across coordination, planning, implementation, and monitoring of disaster risk reduction, resilience building, humanitarian response, and recovery.


In pursuit of this mission, and guided by global norms and standards and UN Women's Humanitarian Strategy, the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific works to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in humanitarian efforts through four mutually reinforcing strategies across the spectrum of disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery:

  • Coordination and Leadership
  • Capacity Development
  • Mainstreaming Gender into Data, Analysis, and Advocacy
  • Targeted Programming

Duties and Responsibilities

Research, Documentation and Programme Development support:?

  • Provide concurrent research and documentation support for ongoing initiatives and briefing/development of concept notes on disaster risk reduction?
  • Collate and organize knowledge resources and facilitate dissemination of the same
  • Assist in preparation of knowledge resources, communications and background material for internal and external use, including fact sheets on thematic issues?
  • Review and edit submitted knowledge products such as narrative reports, research reports, evaluation reports etc. for programming on humanitarian action/disaster risk reduction

Knowledge and Information management support:?

  • Support content editing on humanitarian action/disaster risk reduction for the UN Women website for Asia and the Pacific?
  • Support consolidation of south-south exchange and learning on humanitarian action, disaster risk reduction, contingency planning and emergency response preparedness?
  • Assist in day to day management, documentation and reporting on activities as required, particularly related to Gender in Humanitarian Actions Working Group (GiHA WG)?
  • Provide technical and logistical support for organizing workshops, meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders?
  • Participate in various meetings with UN Women, with partners and other stakeholders and prepare notes/meeting minutes
  • Any other support as advised by supervisor

Learning Objectives

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system?
  • Increased substantive knowledge of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Increased knowledge related to programme implementation, documentation and management?
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units
  • 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:

  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendation
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of gender in humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: international development, humanitarian action/disaster risk reduction, gender studies, law, social sciences, 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.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women, demonstrable experience in humanitarian actions and DRR is advantageous


  • 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:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • 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.

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