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 development of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) products and processes.

The position is located within the UN Women Department of Management and Administration, Office of Security and Safety Services. The Occupational Safety and Health Intern will report to the UN Women Occupational Safety and Health Advisor.  

In line with the approved UN Women Security and Safety Services Section Biannual Work Plan (BWP), which defines team’s goals for next two years, the Occupational Safety and Health Intern will provide direct coordination and support to the development of outputs, whilst also scoping internal UN Women programme delivery security and safety requirements.

Deberes y responsabilidades

The Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Supporting the review and update of the current UN Women Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategy, Policy and organizational roles and responsibilities
  • Supporting the OSH Advisor in responding to workplace incidents
  • Supporting the OSH Advisor in maintaining accident statistics
  • Supporting the defining and developing of proposed OSH competencies, learning objectives and topics for an education/onboarding programme for UN Women OSH Focal Points and Managers based on their established roles and responsibilities
  • Supporting the OSH Advisor in developing the UN Women OSH Intranet pages
  • Continually reviewing ‘Mental Health Strategies’, an UN-wide campaign to create a workplace that enhances mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Liaise and coordinate with UN Women Security Regional Specialist regarding country office’s safety compliance   
  • 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 occupational safety and health  
  • 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.


Habilidades y experiencia requeridas



  • University studies in the field of safety, risk management, environmental management, social sciences, public administration, programme evaluation, industrial safety, medicine, business continuity, criminal justice systems, security information management, international relations or a related area 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.
  • Formal certification in Occupational Safety released by accredited recognized national organization, training institution, academy or provider which specializes in Occupational Safety would be an asset but is not necessary.



  • 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.