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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-12

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Intern for Women's Economic Empowerment Unit (Re-Advertised)

New Delhi (India)


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.?Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, 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. The UN Women Multi-Country Office (UNW MCO) works in India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Unit/ Project Background:

Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. But they also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Gender discrimination means that women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, and constitute a small minority of those in senior positions. It curtails access to economic assets such as land and loans. It limits participation in shaping economic and social policies. And, because women perform the bulk of household work, they often have little time left to pursue economic opportunities.

In this context, the Women’s Economic Empowerment Unit is, at present, focusing on engendering macro-economic analysis and national economies in the region, assisting to develop policy and praxis accountability and monitoring mechanisms for women’s economic empowerment, access and rights to land and productive assets, gender parity in wages and safe migration.

UN Women past work in the region has correspondingly focused on centre-staging women’s resource rights and capabilities, their voice and agency and ending all forms of gender based violence in policy formulation and programme implementation on sustainable livelihoods. UN Women supports the leadership and participation of rural women in finding solutions to the problems and issues that affect their lives, especially improved food and nutrition security and enhanced rural livelihoods. UN Women also engages with various government bodies to develop and implement laws and policies that promote equal rights, opportunities and participation, so that rural women can benefit from India’s growth story, obtain financing, upgrade their skills, market their goods, and make a strong contribution to inclusive economic growth in an environment free of discrimination and violence.

The purpose of this internship is to provide support to the knowledge building and management activities of programmes within the WEE unit. The intern will receive overall supervision from Programme Specialist – Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge Management and Documentation:

  • Review, edit and finalize submitted knowledge products such as narrative reports,? research reports, evaluation reports etc. for projects on WEE including for website and social media;
  • Assist in preparation of knowledge resources and communications and background material for internal and external use, including, donor reports, programme assessments, newsletters fact sheets as well as on thematic issues;
  • Collate and organize knowledge resources;
  • Facilitate in dissemination of knowledge products;
  • Update WEE Database for resources and partners;
  • Research and documentation support for WEE’s ongoing initiatives.

Training/Consultation Management:

  • Provide assistance to the WEE team in organising trainings/consultations and compiling relevant information, among other tasks;
  • Participate in various meetings of the WEE unit/ UN Women, with partners and other stakeholders.


  • Select copy edited reports including research reports, programme narrative and evaluation reports;
  • Knowledge Resources and communications material including for websites and social media developed;
  • Updated WEE database for knowledge resources and partners;
  • Ongoing support for research and documentation including in trainings/events/meetings.


Core Values / Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;

Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have studied International development, Gender and development, Social development, or other similar subject at the university level.
  • Be enrolled in a Post graduate school programme; Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree programme (minimum Master's level or equivalent); Have post-graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of post-graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

UN Women Internship Policy:

Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a post graduate programme ;
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree programme (Post Graduate equivalent);
  • Have post graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.

UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application.

Application Information:

Interested applicants should apply to this announcement?through UNDP jobs site:


  • Please submit your Resume/CV and an application using the UN WOMEN Internship Application form.?
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document.
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Interview;
  • Written Test.

Note: 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.

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.
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