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Intern-Programme Assistant- Women’s Participation in Leadership and Governance Systems

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Administrative support
    • Democratic Governance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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.

The Country Programme Division under the leadership of the Deputy Country Representative manages the Programme support to Ethiopia, including Joint Programmes. In its work through Strategic Note 2021-2025, UN Women ECO is focusing on six thematic areas: Women Economic Empowerment, National planning and budgeting; Coordination for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action ; Ending Violence against Women and Girls and Women’s Participation in Leadership and Governance (WiLG).

In Ethiopia, UN Women’s pillar around Women’s participation in Leadership and Governance  contributes to UN Women global Strategic Plan (2022-2025) Impact area one ‘Governance and participation in public life’, and supports Ethiopia’s effort towards achievement of SDG Goal 5, Target 5.5; Goal 16, Target 16.7. The programme is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF (2020-2025) in Ethiopia, particularly with Outcome 1 (All people in Ethiopia enjoy the rights and capabilities to realize their potential in equality and with dignity) and Outcome 2 (All people in Ethiopia live in a cohesive, just inclusive and democratic society); and UN 

Women Ethiopia’s Strategic Note (2021- 2025) and Government of Ethiopia’s 10-year Perspective Plan (2020/21-2029/30) that aspires to bring women at the center of the country’s development. 

Under its WiLG program, UN Women has engaged with over 4,000 women leaders and political aspirants in Ethiopia through capacity-building, mentorship, and networking initiatives. In this context, UN Women is seeking the assistance of a national Intern to enhance the delivery of various activities under its WiLG program. The intern will also contribute to expanding UN Women’s reach to young emerging leaders to facilitate intergenerational leadership development opportunities. Working closely with the WiLG team, the intern will report directly to the Program Specialist, with overall guidance from the Deputy Representative.

Duties and Responsibilities

With guidance and overall supervision from WiLG Programme Specialist, the Intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the implementation of project activities related to Women’s Leadership and Governance Program particularly related to women leaders networking and capacity building programs, (e.g. preparation of trainings, workshops or advocacy actions, drafting letters and other documents);
  • Draft meeting minutes or any other related documents necessary towards managing knowledge in the team;
  • Provide research support towards development of concept notes and program related documents to the team;
  • Review researches, guidelines, translated documents and provide comments;
  • Facilitate the initiation of a female youth focused program for a sustainable and intergenerational cohort of competent women leaders
  • Serving as a channel of communication and primary contact for both Senior and Junior  Women’s Leaders Networks
  • Undertake various administrative tasks and provision of logistics and procurement (both HR and Services) support including facilitating of travel, meeting organization etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of issues related to women’s participation in leadership and governance processes including in peace and security areas;
  • Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting
  • Develop project management and monitoring skills.


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:

  • Familiarity with Gender Equality, Women’s right to political participation and equal representation in governance and decision-making positions
  • Good knowledge and skills in supporting programmes
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks with varying complexity
  • Ability to adapt in a constantly-changing and fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written, verbal, & interpersonal communication skills as well as exemplary partnership building skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and strong teamwork capacity
  • A self-starter; able to anticipate issues and propose solutions
  • Strong interest in working in the UN system, particularly on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women;

General IT competence and command of main office software programmes.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must satisfy the below education requirements in the area of social science, development studies, gender/women studies, political science, law or other similar subject at the university level. 
  • Having experience on gender related issues is a plus.

The intern must satisfy at least one of the following internship education requirements  :

  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  3. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two-years of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skill (written and oral) in both Amharic and English is required.

Note : This internship is subject to and regulated by the UN Women’s  as in application effective from 5 August 2020


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from .

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.) 

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