Intern- Communications and Reporting
UN Women is the UN entity responsible for gender equality and empowerment of women, with a mandate to support government and civil society to implement national commitments to gender equality across sectors. UN Women also has a mandate to promote, coordinate and monitor the work on gender equality across the UN system.
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.
Unit/ Project Background:
UN Women Bangladesh, in line with UN Women’s corporate strategy of engaging closely in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Actions have been working extensively in the field of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and humanitarian crisis. Since 2014 UN Women has been assisting Rohingya refugee women to promote women’s leadership and address gender inequalities in the two Rohingya refugee camps that existed since early 1990s. This joint initiative, although small in scale, has enhanced women’s participation in camp activities and strengthened community based protection mechanisms.
Alarmed by the condition of the newly arriving Rohingya women and children in Cox’s Bazar, UN Women distributed dignity kits and blankets to the families of vulnerable women as immediate
humanitarian support in December 2017. A Multi-Purpose Women’s Centre (MPWC) has been set up and functioning. From the center, a comprehensive support package is been offered to refugee women, which includes space for children to accompany their mothers as well as female-only washing facilities and mobile phone charging stations. The MPWCs is functioning as a hub for skills building, with an emphasis on portable skills.
In October 2017, UN Women led the setting up of inter-sector Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) working group in Cox’s Bazar, under the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), consisting of sector gender focal points and gender advocates. UN Women and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office also co-host a Senior Gender Capacity Adviser (GenCap) who provides inter-agency technical support on gender mainstreaming in Cox’s Bazar, in addition to technical and coordination support to the aforementioned GiHA WGs.
UN Women is seeking an Intern to support the Cox’s Bazar Sub Office of UN Women Bangladesh in its contribution to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in humanitarian action in Bangladesh through its newly established Inter-Cluster Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Working Group. This will include support strengthening the work of UN Women with partners in this area so that humanitarian response and coordination structures integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Intern, will be a part of the UN Women Cox’s Bazar Sub Office team consisting of a Head of Sub Office and two Gender Programme Associates. S/He will work closely with colleagues and partners from different sectors and working groups under the ISCG. They will also provide need based support to UN Women Dhaka office.
Duties and Responsibilities
Description of Responsibilities:
- Support drafting reports, programme results, outputs and outcomes;
- Produce communication materials to highlight the achievements of humanitarian actions of UN Women BCO including Rohingya response at Coxs Bazar;
- Support developing knowledge products e.g. background documents, briefs and presentations related to Rohingya Response Programme;
- Provide coordination support to the Inter-Sector Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group, co-led by UN Women and UNHCR, including its multi-stakeholder forum;
- Support UN Women’s engagement in various sectors and working groups and mechanisms and enhance the coherence of the UN system in promoting gender equality concerns in humanitarian response;
- Support the development of information management, communication and advocacy materials on gender in humanitarian action in Bangladesh, including through the inter-sector and inter-cluster GiHA WG;
- Assist identifying opportunities and contribute to resource mobilisation for UN Women in humanitarian action through contribution to proposals;
- Support inputs to ensure the formulation of gender sensitive UN humanitarian response in preparedness, emergency, recovery and risk reduction stages;
- Provide other ad hoc support to UN Women Bangladesh Country Office DRR-CC-HA team as and when required.
- Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
- Hands on experience in the humanitarian sector in an international environment;
- Increased knowledge related to programme implementation, documentation management and how the complementary systems function as a whole;
- Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
- 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
- Ability to perform work of confidential nature and to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraintsAbility to arrange any kinds of event with relevant stakeholder;
- Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data and resolve operational problems;
- Ability to produce deliverables conforming to the required standard;
- Ability to support a team and team building skills;
- Strong attention to details;
- Strong IT skills and excellent knowledge of office software packages; and
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in any social science discipline (preferably international development, gender, disaster management, communication) or other similar subjects;
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent orhigher); 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 is required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage;
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women as per the common UN policy.
- 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).
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.