Innovation Facility Intern

Advertised on behalf of :

Application Deadline :19-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Internship
Post Level :Intern
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months minimum
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months maximum

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 Background:

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:

Under the direct supervision and guidance of Ms. Helene Molinier Director of the Innovation Facility, the intern will assist the Innovation Facility by: Conducting research; drafting substantive inputs; supporting internal and external communication; and assisting in the overall coordination of the work of the Innovation Facility. ?

Duties and Responsibilities

?Description of Responsibilities & Learning Objectives:

  • Conduct research on emerging trends in innovation and gender;
  • Support the Innovation Team in maintaining effective coordination with innovation projects, in order to keep up to date communications on projects across the Office of Innovation;
  • Support formulation of concept notes, project documents, MoUs, etc.
  • Manage, design and develop internal communication, including innovation newsletter, intranet webpage, partners database, innovation library;
  • Provide support with organizing and promoting events on innovation;
  • Create communication materials for advocacy and outreach for UN Women’s public website and social media platforms;
  • Develop human interest stories about projects and activities,
  • Draft and edit in order to keep up to date communications on projects across the Office of Innovation, including
  • Perform other duties as they arise.


thics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong Academic background in international development social sciences, development studies, communications, or other related fields;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal, listening, writing) skills;
  • Ability to think and work logically, precisely and with attention to detail;
  • Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues;
  • Maintains diplomacy, tack and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients;
  • Initiative, sound judgement demonstrates ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme or have graduated within the past one year.


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

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if 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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