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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-20

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Intern, Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Geneva (Switzerland)



Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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.

UN Women supports other UN organizations in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in their humanitarian efforts by providing coordination and leadership, technical expertise, capacity-building, and evidence-based response and advocacy to the global humanitarian system. We assist Member States in implementing policies and commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action. We also promote the voices, agency and capacity of women’s civil society organizations and national women’s machineries in humanitarian efforts.

The intern will join the growing UN Women Crisis Preparedness, Prevention and Response team in Geneva, which guides UN Women’s work in gender responsive humanitarian action and crisis response, including disaster risk reduction, preparedness, risk prevention and mitigation, at the global, regional and national levels. Leveraging women’s leadership and building women’s resilience to cope with and recover from the socio-economic impact of crisis is at the very heart of UN Women’s work, as UN Women recognizes that recovery from crisis and lasting peace cannot be achieved or sustained without investment in inclusive community participation and the meaningful engagement of women.

Accordingly, UN Women has developed a flagship programme initiative to achieve transformative results through gender equality and women’s empowerment in humanitarian action: Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection (LEAP) in Crisis Response.

The program involves:

  • Ensuring crisis, humanitarian and stabilization planning and programming are informed by gender analysis and assessment.
  • Increasing access to protection and economic opportunities for women affected by crises.
  • Bridging the humanitarian/development divide in protracted crises by promoting sustainable livelihoods.
  • Offering second chance educational and vocational learning for marginalized women and girls who have missed out on education, offering pathways either back into formal education or to employment or entrepreneurship.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities and Learning Objectives

Description of Responsibilities

  • Support in programme development in areas of crisis prevention, preparedness and response, particularly for the LEAP programme;
  • Support in conducting desk-based research, including a literature review of best practices in the humanitarian context
  • Support with populating LEAP web portal with high quality content from various UN Women initiatives and partners; 
  • Draft, review and copy-edit documents (i.e. concept notes, briefing notes, reports and presentations);
  • Attend and help organize events and meetings at the United Nations in Geneva;
  • Provide other assistance as required.

Learning objectives

  • Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  • Learning the work in gender and humanitarian action in an international environment;
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units;
  • Working as a team member in a multicultural setting;


Core Values and Competencies

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for diversity

Core Competencies

  • Commitment to learning
  • Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
  • Accountability
  • Effective communication
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Inclusive collaboration

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge on gender and humanitarian action and crisis response and education
  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with learning and management web-based platforms

Required Skills and Experience



  • The intern must have studies in social sciences, international development, gender studies,  education 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); or 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 is considered an advantage.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

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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