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 provides Professional Security and Occupational Health and Safety advice and guidance in order for the entity to carry out its mandate.

The Security and Safety Services team seeks to enlist a full-time intern to support the team in the development of OHS products and processes 

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


Deberes y responsabilidades

In line with the approved UN Women Security and Safety Services Section Biannual Work Plan (BWP), the Occupational Health and safety 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 reviewing and updating the current UN Women OSH Strategy, Policy and organizational roles and responsibilities.
  • Support OHS Manager in responding to workplace incidents.
  • Support the OHS Manager in maintaining accident statistics.
  • Support defining and developing 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.
  • Support OHS Manager in developing the UN Women OSH Intranet pages.
  • Continually review ‘Mental Health Strategies.
  • Liaise and coordinate with UN Women Security Regional Specialist regarding country office’s security and safety compliance.
  • Liaise and coordinate with appropriate units, divisions and sections internally, regarding OSH components.

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 health and safety  
  • 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


  • 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);
  • Be enrolled in a mandatory national service programme of which the internship may form a part;
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a two-year period of graduation. 


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage. (French/Spanish)


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 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).
  • A selected candidate unable to report to the advertised duty station due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be approved to undertake this internship remotely.  



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. At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application. UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)