Gender and Resilience Internship

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Barbados
Application Deadline :07-Oct-20 (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.


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 physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards are compounding structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities since gender equality and human rights are not given enough consideration required for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in disaster risk, recovery and response within the Caribbean Region.

Natural hazards and climate change severely affect the ability of SIDS to achieve sustainable development. SIDS are located in some of the most disaster-prone regions in the world and comprise two-thirds of countries with the highest relative annual losses due to disasters. With the effects of climate change compounding the intensity of these disasters and affecting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) disproportionately, this trend is set to continue, creating new developmental challenges for SIDS.

Disasters affect women, girls, boys and men differently. Research shows that women and girls are disproportionally affected by disasters, are more likely to die in disasters, and have different and uneven levels of resilience and capacity to recover.

Gender inequality heightens exposure to risk, increases vulnerability and restrains capacity. It shapes women’s and girls’ uneven capacity to anticipate, adapt, and recover from disasters and to contribute effectively to resilience building. Gender-specific barriers in prevention, preparedness and response prevent women and girls from acquiring and accessing the means and capacities needed for resilience, which causes women’s higher loss of lives and livelihoods in disasters and often results in a gendered downward spiral of vulnerability and poverty following disasters. This leaves women and girls disproportionately vulnerable to future natural hazards. In addition, women and girls remain largely ignored and their potential and capacities unleveraged in conventional resilience building processes. To build the resilience of women and girls, a comprehensive approach is needed that specifically targets the resilience of women and girls while ensuring in parallel a gender-responsive systems approach across the prevention, preparedness and response spectrum.

UN Women has a comprehensive approach to gender responsive resilience, including advocacy, technical support and capacity strengthening and innovative programme implementation to fully integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into climate resilience and disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean. This includes collaboration on the UNDP led EnGenDER programme, which seeks to further integrate gender equality and human-rights based approaches into disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change (CC) adaptation and environmental management frameworks and interventions to identify and address the gaps to ensure equal access to DRR and climate change and environment solutions for men, women, boys and girls.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the compilation of stakeholder feedback on the EnGenDER project Reports for Belize, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda and Suriname.
  • Prepare key documents related to presentation of the Gender Inequality Reports including the following:
  • Concept Note
  • Invitation letters
  • Confirmed list of invitees and status of invitation
  • Confirmed list of speakers/presenters and status
  • Coordinate and take notes at meetings with countries to strengthen referral pathways.
  • Coordinate and take notes at meetings with countries to disburse small grants in tourism and agriculture sectors.
  • Provide support with the development of partner agreements and facilitate the processing of at least 10 payments.
  • Support National Gender Machineries in developing strategic approach to hazard preparedness.
  • Build the GRR portfolio on UN Women’s internal storage systems.
  • Scan and update relevant research and information on gender responsive reliance relevant to the Caribbean.
  • Develop a brief on the importance of gender responsive resilience.
  • Support with traditional and social media monitoring mentions.
  • Follow up with partners to secure photos and in country developed communication assets whether for social media or traditional media or their websites.
  • Support with the identification and recommendation of human-interest story angles and interviewees.


Learning Objectives:

  • Strengthening technical capacity in climate change adaptation and disaster risk resilience
  • Promoting UN Women standards and best practices
  • Providing a learning environment for professionalism



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:

•    The ability to communicate simply and effectively with excellent written and editing skills.

•    Good understanding of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach.

•    Practical knowledge of Microsoft Office business application software.

•    Ability to work under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: Gender and Development, Development Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Social Work, Public Administration, 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:

  • 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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