International Internship- Communication
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
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 United Nations General Assembly created UN Women - the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in July 2010, as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates of parts of the UN system working on all aspects of gender equality and empowerment of women (GE/EW). 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. UN Women supports the achievement of UN System-wide goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women (GE/EW).
UN Women’s vision is a world where societies are free of gender-based discrimination, where women and men have equal opportunities, where the comprehensive development of women and girls is ensured so that they can continue to be active agents of change, where gender equality and women’s empowerment are achieved and where women’s rights are upheld in all efforts to further development, human rights, peace and security.
UN Women Ethiopia plays a dual role as the Country Office for Ethiopia (ECO) and as the Liaison Office to the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The office envisions to become a Center of Excellence for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) with capacity and clout to influence national and regional political, social and economic agendas. The ECO uses a Rights Based Approach to promote women as rights holders, while supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and other institutions to be accountable duty bearers.
The ECO prioritizes four main areas:
1. Supporting women to lead and participate in decision-making at all levels;
2. Empowering women, especially the poorest and most excluded economically;
3. Ensuring that women and girls can live a life free from violence and;
4. Ensuring that governance and national planning fully reflect gender equality commitments and priorities.
Under its regional function, the Ethiopia country office engages with the AU and its various organs, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), regional (Africa wide) women’s rights networks, as well as the diplomatic community and in particular, delegations to the African Union. Through the office UN Women is able to provide technical support to member states and the AU in the adoption, implementation and monitoring of commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) at the regional level, and in accordance with its mandate.Furthermore, the Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) will represent UN Women and facilitate participation of UN Women Regional Directors for East and Southern Africa (ESAR), West and Central Africa (WCAR) and North Africa or participate in the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) to advance UN Women’s agenda on the continent. With a vision to become the Knowledge Hub and Information Center for GEWE in Ethiopia and Africa, UN Women wishes to strengthen its capacity in advocacy and communications and knowledge management. The intern will provide communications support and assistance to for activities relating to communications, advocacy, media and resource mobilization and, in addition, also receive capacity development opportunities to further improve communications skills and strategic approaches.
Duties and Responsibilities
With guidance and overall supervision of the UN Women Ethiopia Deputy Representative, and directly reporting to the Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist, the Intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:
- Support the coordination of the office-wide message and content generation, including electronic and print communications.
- Assist with communication products such as feature articles, developing content including images and videos for online and advocacy materials etc.
- Assist with the production of brochures, 1-page brief, programme brief/leaflets, annual and periodic reports.
- Assist the Communications Unit with the development of publications, merchandise, advocacy materials and media outreach.
- Assist in report launches and media inquiries, including media outreach.
- Assist with meeting organization, seminars and events to promote wider cooperation with donors, the private sector and government partners.
- Create, edit, and upload content, stories, photos and videos to UN Women Ethiopia Webpage and regional and/or other available social media outlets.
- Collaboratively manage and coordinate creation and update of web-content; responsible for content-related protocols to keep web page up-to-date.
- Support with office-wide e-communications (particularly social media).
- Assist UN Women Ethiopia’s efforts to remain up-to-date and effective in electronic communications through convening regular meetings and conversations.
- Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system, particularly the role UN Women plays in the larger UN landscape.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE).
- Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues in other units.
- Develop personal communication skills with diverse audiences.
- Hone personal research skills and awareness of legislation and programs to help promote GEWE.
- Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
- Develop project management and evaluation skills.
- Develop intranet content editor skills using Microsoft SharePoint.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- 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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
- Familiarity with communications, media, marketing or public relations concepts;
- Good knowledge and skills in managing social media;
- Ability to learn quickly;
- Exceptional 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 customer service skills;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working 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. Experience managing websites preferred.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in journalism, communications, media studies, political and social sciences, law, gender studies, 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 are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.
- 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 school enrollment, passport, and visa (if applicable)
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
UN Women Internship Policy:
1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
7.) 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