Research and Knowledge Management Intern

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Application Deadline :25-Nov-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 :-

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.


Unit Background:


Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN-Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.


Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality Portfolio (DIIP) within the United Nations System Coordination Division, coordinates and promotes the accountability of the United Nations system in its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. It also contributes to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of Global UN Coordination Adviser, Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion, the intern will assist/support work on issues related to gender equality, empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, intersectionality and disability inclusion. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon:


  1. Maintain UN-Women’s intranet to share information and support the implementation of the UN Women’s corporate strategy on the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities.
  2. Research, analysis and writing on issues related to gender equality, empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, intersectionality and disability inclusion
  3. Support internal communication and communication with external partners
  4. Attend virtual meetings, support note-taking, and preparing summaries;


Learning Objectives:

Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system

  1. Learning different aspects of coordination and collaboration in an international environment.
  2. Increased knowledge of issues related to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls facing intersecting discrimination.
  3. Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units
  4. Working 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:

  1. Computer literate in standard software applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Power Point);
  2. Computer literate in software applications, in particular SharePoint
  3. Ability to work in a team;
  4. Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  5. Self-starter; organized; able to multitask and balance multiple responsibilities.
  6. Ability to research – qualitative/quantitative research skill
  7. Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail.
  8. Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  9. Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: international development, social sciences, gender studies 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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