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 Security and Safety Services team seeks to enlist a full-time intern to support the team in the identification, coordination and educational development of an internal strategy related to business continuity and crisis management.

The position is located within the UN Women Department of Management and Administration, Office of Security and Safety Services. The Security and Safety Business Continuity & Crisis Management Intern will report to the UN Women Regional Security Specialist for Asia Pacific.   

Duties and Responsibilities

In line with the approved UN Women Security and Safety Services Section Biannual Work Plan (BWP), the Security and Safety Business Continuity & Crisis Management Intern will provide direct coordination and support to the development of outputs, whilst also scoping internal UN Women programme delivery security requirements.

The Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Support mainstreaming of Business Continuity and Crisis Management in UN Women
  • Support roll-out of Business Continuity and Crisis Management Application in the region and at global level
  • Support the review of Country Office’s Biannual Work Plans to ensure that Business Continuity and Crisis Management are mainstreamed, and the work plans are up to date
  • Review current progress of roll-out of Business Continuity and Crisis Management Application
  • Review the methodology of Business Continuity and Crisis Management Application, identify best practice, identify further steps for achieving organizational resilience
  • Support development of implementation & education workshops, prepare presentations and other educational materials
  • Assist UN Women offices to implement Emergency Notification System
  • Coordinate with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) regarding organizational resilience
  • Liaise and coordinate with UN Women Local Security Assistants regarding country office’s security and safety compliance
  • Liaise and coordinate with appropriate units, divisions and sections internally, regarding organizational resilience, utilizing all available mediums
  • Support Regional Security Specialist in providing security support to UN Women offices located in the region.

Learning Objectives

The internship programme offers unique learning opportunities for interns, exposing them to the work of the United Nations, and enriching their educational experience through practical work in an international organization, with a focus on gender equality.

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN
  • Increased understanding of organizational resilience
  • Increased understanding of UN Security Management System
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and colleagues in other UN Security Management System organizations
  • 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:

  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Offers new and different options to solve problems;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings;
  • Familiarity with gender issues;
  • Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in the field of security risk management, business continuity, criminal justice systems, security information management and/or international relations is desirable.
  • 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.


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 UN Women P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidates 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.