AWLN Communications Intern

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Localidad : Estados Unidos de América
Fecha límite de postulación :26-Jul-22 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
Tipo de contrato :Internship
Nivel de puesto :Intern
Idiomas requeridos :
Inglés   Francés  
Fecha de comienzo del contrato :
(Fecha en que se espera que comience el candidato seleccionado)
Duración del contrato inicial :3 months

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UN (United Nations) 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, peace, and security.

In efforts to advance peace, stability, and inclusive development in Africa, UN Women, and the African Union Commission, through the office of the AU (African Union) Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security and with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany have been implementing a project on women’s leadership initiative for stability in Africa. Under this project, the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) was launched in June 2017 in New York.

The AWLN seeks to enhance the leadership of African women in the transformation of the continent, in line with the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development agenda 2030. AWLN serves as a continental platform to galvanize women’s leadership towards lasting peace and sustainable development, the promotion of gender equality, and women’s empowerment in all sectors and at all levels, building on, and working with, existing women networks. AWLN also serves as a practical instrument to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) at the regional level. The network looks to increase women’s participation in decision-making through peer learning and mentoring, enhanced solidarity, advocacy, and capacity-building, among other strategies.

To date, the African Women Leaders Network continues to grow through the national chapters at the country level who contribute to expanding and operationalizing the network. AWLN activities and advocacy are based on the Network’s six pillars: peace and security, governance, finance, agriculture, youth, and social mobilization, which are advanced through the Network’s National Chapters, (now 27).

Since its establishment, AWLN has been prominent on social media and has recently developed an online mentorship platform to support co-mentoring between senior women leaders and younger women. The platform is functional; the intern will support the technical aspect of maintaining the digital platform. In addition, the Network has developed a website that will serve as a repository and provide up-to-date information on the history, past and ongoing work, and regional presence of AWLN.

 Reporting to the AWLN Policy Analyst, the Communications Intern will be responsible for aiding in the implementation of AWLN’s communications to increase the visibility, standing, and awareness of the Network with partners, the media, and the public.

Deberes y responsabilidades

The intern will be responsible for:

  • Supporting communications activities, including drafting thematic briefs and informational assets and supporting communications content creation around AWLN’s key messages
  • Supporting the operations of the AWLN in delivering online learning, communications to the group about new opportunities and resources
  • Contributing to the development of the knowledge management strategy through collating information and resources, updating SharePoint, supporting knowledge collection and dissemination of knowledge and information
  • Drafting and updating social media messages for AWLN
  • Research interesting posts from partners, AWLN members/national chapters and retweets, and disseminate as needed.
  • Actively expand the network of followers for the AWLN accounts
  • Aiding with the regular update of AWLN social media accounts by highlighting key initiatives and events/commemorative days, especially when they are linked to AWLN thematic areas.
  • Helping in the update and content development of the AWLN website as well as the Flickr account and publishing resources, events and other key features’ upkeep
  • Aid in the preparation of any events that may take place during their internship duration.
  • Contributing to AWLN Newsletter production through support in content generation and graphics
  • Contribute to the development of a communication strategy for AWLN and its roll out
  • Update and support a database of AWLN members 
  • Perform other related duties upon request.                                                  

Key Performance Indicators:

  •  Quality and timeliness of reports, background papers and other research-related documents.
  •  Adherence to all UN Women operational rules and regulations.
  •  Enhanced visibility of AWLN and women leaders, including young women’s agency.
  •  Improved global visibility of women’s leadership in the African region.

?Learning goals include:

  • Deepening familiarity with the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda, especially as it relates to AWLN, and the work of UN Women in HQ (Head Quarters), Regional and Country offices towards its achievement.
  • Learning more about communications principles and practices.
  • Becoming more familiar with UN Women and the AU’s work within the UN System, about
  • AWLN, and linking with the Member States and with Civil Society organizations.
  • Enhancing communications skills and tools for effective delivery



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:

  • Strong academic background in international development or peace and security.
  • Strong understanding of AU's mission, goals, rules, and regulations and its working partnership with the United Nations.
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and analysis capabilities.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Sound judgment and proven ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Demonstrated communications and outreach experience.
  • Proficiency with graphic design applications, Microsoft SharePoint and HTML a plus

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas



University studies in one of the following disciplines: Journalism, Communication; also in international relations, international development or other relevant subjects with a focus on communication is required. Additionally, having a background in Women, Peace and Security is desirable.

  • Have graduated with a university degree; be enrolled in a graduate school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent) or enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree program and undertakes 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, especially French.


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:

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The 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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