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Migration Intern

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-01

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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 will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Economic empowerment is one of the priority areas of UN Women. UN Women works with Governments and multilateral partners (UNDP, ILO, World Bank, regional development banks) to promote women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to economic opportunities, especially for those who are most excluded.

Around the world, a record number of women are now migrating to seek work and better lives. For many, migration yields these benefits; for others, it carries dangerous risks, such as exploitation in domestic jobs, and vulnerability to violence. Migration policies and practices have been slow to recognize these risks and take steps to make the process safe for women, and protect their labour and human rights. During the 19 September 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, global leaders agreed on the New York Declaration (A/71/150) which launched the preparatory processes towards the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018. During the first phase of the preparatory process (April 2017 to November 2017) informal thematic sessions, regional consultations and multi-stakeholder meetings have been taken place. In this context, UN Women is working towards the integration of a gender perspective in the global compact, including by providing technical support on how to make the compact gender-responsive. To this end, UN Women together with leading experts from treaty bodies, UN agencies and civil society organizations has developed recommendations on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for migration. UN Women will also chair an expert working group on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for migration to mobilize support for a gender-responsive compact.

Further, UN Women is part of the Global Migration Group (GMG). The GMG brings together heads of agencies to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and encourages the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. UN Women’s role is to ensure that a gender perspective is integrated into the outputs of the GMG.   

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support UN Women’s role within the expert working group on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for migration, including: assistance in planning; organizing and implementing side events, meetings, and workshops; taking minutes; drafting background notes and talking points; coordinating with other members; and developing substantive inputs on the gendered dimensions of migration for UN documents;
  • Support UN Women’s work in relation to the Global Migration Group, including: participating in meetings; taking minutes; drafting background notes, talking points and other documents; and doing background research;
  • Support with project proposals. Duties will include: compile counties’ migration profiles; provide background research; draft and edit relevant documents;
  • Any other relevant tasks related to the migration portfolio.



  • Hold colleagues and team members accountable for planned goals and competency standards;
  • Practice giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Commitment to Learning

  • Learn about agency, its processes, structure, challenges, and environment;
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing.


  • Produce communication products (written and oral);
  • Interpret key messages for and from clients with cultural and gender sensitivity.

Planning and Organizing

  • Follow work plans;
  • Implement activities in a timely manner, meet deadlines.


  • Coordinate work and roles with other team members;
  • Support the goals of the team;
  • Where necessary demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge on gender and migration;
  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently 
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
  • Familiarity with the work of the Global Migration Group (GMG) desirable;
  • Knowledge of the work of the UN human rights treaty bodies, in particular CEDAW and CMW desirable.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Strong academic background in Gender Studies, Migration Studies, Human Rights, or other similar subject at the university level;
  • The applicant must either 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); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Some practical experience working on gender and migration is desirable


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

Please note the following information prior to sending in your application: 

  • 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 (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.
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