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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Kinshasa
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • International Relations
    • Political Affairs
    • Social Affairs
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-31

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Intern on Women Political Participation

Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)


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.

Unit/ Project Background:

Women’s leadership and participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. In order to promote the leadership and participation of women in decision-making processes, UN Women works to promote gender equality in parliaments, electoral bodies, political parties, media, and other institutions.

UN Women has a proven track-record in supporting women’s political participation through its projects across various regions, under the guidance of UN Women’s founding resolution (GA resolution 64/289) and its Strategic Plan. UN Women is increasingly being called upon by UN partners, civil society partners, donors and governments to provide specific and often short-term gender expertise for capacity building and policy support on women’s political rights, participation and leadership

To achieve its objectives, and ensure a high quality rapid response capacity on women’s political rights, participation, leadership and influence, UN Women supports the adoption and implementation of constitutional reforms and other measures in laws and policies, (including temporary special measures), gender-responsive electoral processes, and institutional change to enhance women’s engagement on leadership positions.

With the support of partners, through human resources, UN Women will implement a 18-month programme in Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC to undertake a series of catalytic interventions to generate longer-term commitment by state authorities for sustainable programmes on gender equality and women’s empowerment and to strengthen women’s participation in all peace and security decision-making forums.

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Functions:

Under the overall guidance from the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and direct supervision of the UN Women Program staff, the Intern will provide technical assistance to UN Women office in DRC as well as its partners by supporting the national programme officer undertake the following tasks:

  • Oversee the implementation of the Women’s Political Participation roadmap including its related deliverables in close coordination and as agreed with the government and partners;
  • Provide support to the Political Participation pillar on gender interventions across sectors, with major focus on women participation in elected offices (in line with upcoming general elections)
  • Support processes to undertake formative research, and in close collaboration with stakeholders including developing evidence-based behavior change communication strategies and tools
  • Document the experiences of women activists and other stakeholders in pursuing local and national efforts for increased Congolese women’s engagement in political processes.
  • Provide assistance in documenting lessons learned in gender integration in electoral processes.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Senior Management

Learning Objectives:

Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;

  • Learning the work in Women Political Participation;
  • Experience in working in developing countries;
  • Experience in working in conflict affected countries
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and pillars;
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
  • Core Values and 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.
  • Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert 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.


Competencies continued

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

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 other.

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.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
  • s with partners and stakeholders; Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partner
  • Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing: Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Required Skills and Experience


The below qualifications are required, however you may make changes to the university subject and languages portion.


  • The intern must have studies in Public Administration, Public Policies, International Development, International Relations or related fields (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent), or other similar subject at the university level;
  • 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); 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 and French are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
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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