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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-15

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SDGs Internship - (2 Positions) - Regional Office

Cairo (Egypt)


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.

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.

As part of the UN system, UN Women seeks to support member states, civil societies, including women and youth organizations, inter-governmental bodies, UN system in building the necessary capacities to deliver on the gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments of the 2030 Agenda.  UN Women’s thematic pillars (Women Political Participation (WPP), Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), Violence against Women (VAW) and Women Peace and Security (WPS) remain relevant under the 2030 Agenda in achieving progress on GEWE.  Regionally, women political participation, women economic empowerment and violence against women are embedded in the Cairo Declaration and Strategic Plan of Action which seeks to support the 2030 Agenda’s implementation in the region.   The limitations on women’s choice, capabilities and voice in decision-making; their unequal access to and control over resources are all relevant to SDG targets as is leaving in a world free of violence.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the SDGs Advisor, the interns will provide support to the following key tasks in the areas of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon commencement of the internship.

Tasks and Responsibilities: -

  • Produce research and policy briefs, draft publications, talking points, programme documents, etc.
  • Draft brief summaries following meetings/workshops/conferences/seminars on women’s economic empowerment and political participation with different stakeholders.
  • Compile and keep updated secondary data on women’s rights and gender equality across the region;
  • Support the development and maintenance of the internal regional SDGs portal and assist in the mapping of resources for the Knowledge Library;
  • Support the compilation of lessons learned and good practices on the SDGs;
  • Provide support in event management and administration, as needed.

Learning Elements: -

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  • Learning different aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an international environment;
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units;
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting (Among others).


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionnalism

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:

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern should be pursuing/have completed academic studies in business management, public administration, gender studies, international development, international relations, social sciences or other similar subject at post graduate level;
  • Be enrolled in a post graduate school programme/or recently graduated (second university degree, or equivalent);
  • 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.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of Arabic or French is a distinct advantage.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest;
  • Selected applicants must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and graduation certificate or university senior year enrollment, passport, application, and visa (if applicable).

UN Women Internship Policy:

  • Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree (as 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;
  • Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship.
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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