Intern- Women Economic Empowerment

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :19-Mar-20 (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 :Six months
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six 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 United Nations General Assembly created UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in July 2010, as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates of parts of the UN system working on all aspects of gender equality and empowerment of women (GE/EW).  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 supports the achievement of UN System-wide goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women (GE/EW).  

UN Women Ethiopia envisions to become a Center of Excellence for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) with capacity and clout to influence national and regional political, social and economic agendas. The ECO uses Rust Based Management and a Rights Based Approaches to promote women as rights holders, while supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and other institutions to be accountable duty bearers.

The ECO prioritizes four main areas:

  1. Supporting women to lead and participate in decision-making at all levels;
  2. Empowering women, especially the poorest and most excluded economically;
  3. Ensuring that women and girls can live a life free from violence and;
  4. Ensuring that governance and national planning fully reflect gender equality commitments and priorities.

Under its regional function, the Ethiopia country office engages with the AU and its various organs, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), regional (Africa wide) women’s rights networks, as well as the diplomatic community and in particular, delegations to the African Union. Through the office UN Women is able to provide technical support to member states and the AU 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.

 Background of the WEE Program Unit

UN Women globally under impact area two (Women Economic Empowerment), supports the leadership and participation of the most disadvantageous and poor urban and rural women in shaping laws, strategies, policies and programmes on all issues that affect their lives while also directly works with and builds the capacity of the women and their organizations.   Aligned to the global, regional initiatives and country priorities, UN Women ECO’s WEE Programming has focused  on creating opportunities for women and their institutions .Promoting women’s access and control over productive resources ,  climate smart agriculture and agribusiness practices,  financial services  and Gender Responsive Business Development Services (BDS) with  relevant capacity building initiatives to institutions and promoting enabling environment are the key strategies being followed. Aiming at wider and sustainable reach to women and female youths and ensuring that they have better access to services by different  stakeholders , UN Women works on building capacity of relevant private and government sectors  on gender mainstreaming, as well as strengthening gender equality advocates and their networks for advocacy on women’s economic empowerment. Deconstructing the existing gender relations at the community level by working with men/boys/male partners/husbands, community leaders, to remove structural and social barriers to women’s economic empowerment has also been identified as critical intervention areas for the WEE Program.

Currently UN Women WEE program Unit is implementing two programs, namely joint program on women economic empowerment (JP RWEE) and Gender Transformative Climate Smart Agriculture and Agribusiness (CSAAB) Program. JP RWEE has been implemented since 2014 in partnership with FAO, WFP, IFAD and Ethiopian government in two regions (Oromia and Afar) where the first phase will be active until December 2020. Thus, number of actions to ensure sustainability and working on the drafting of the program for the second phase are needed in parallel with implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the program’s activities. Aligned to UN Women Global Flagship Programming Initiative for Women’s Empowerment through Climate-Smart Agriculture, UN Women Ethiopia Office has designed a four-year programme on Climate Smart Agriculture and Agri-business to be run in two phases where the preparatory works of the program including selection of implementing partners has been carried out in 2019 , regional, district  and target level engagement has started early 2020.   

With a vision to become the Knowledge Hub and Information Center for GEWE in Ethiopia and Africa,

UN Women would like to get services from National Intern that will support improved delivery of different initiatives under WEE Program, including preparation and reporting on various trainings, workshops, monitoring and regular reporting and evaluation of JP RWEE.  The intern works closely with the UN Women WEE team and directly reports to the Program Analyst of the WEE program Unit with overall guidance by the Deputy Representative.  

Duties and Responsibilities

With guidance and overall supervision of the UN Women Ethiopia Deputy Representative, and directly reporting to the Programme Analyst, the Intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the team in organizing trainings and advocacy related workshops/events as well as writing the report proceedings of the same,
  • support the team in fund transfer to implementing partners and follow up on timely and effective implementation and reporting of programme activities,
  • Support up on the execution of CSAAB Program baseline survey and JP RWEE evaluation through supporting logistic arrangements for inception meeting and validation of the reports,
  • Support in knowledge management and communication activities of the WEE Program;
  • Work with the team on monthly internal reporting on the progress of WEE program,
  •  Assist the team, MOWCYA and participating organizations in preparation and launching of WEE forum,
  • Perform other duties as may be directed by the supervisor and deputy country representative

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of issues related to WEE
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting
  • Develop project management and monitoring skills.


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:

Required Skills and Experience


  • Recently graduated or pending graduation in a bachelor’s degree in  social science, development studies, gender/women studies, business management or other similar subjects 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); 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.
  • Knowledge in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
  • Afan Oromo and/or Afar language will be an asset 


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

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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