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Refugee Response Programme Management Intern

Ankara (Turkey)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Ankara (Turkey)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-28

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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:

UN Women in Turkey is working with national governments, UN agencies, local authorities and non-governmental organizations to empower refugee women and girls and improve their access to opportunities, rights and services, as required by international treaties and national legislation. UN Women concluded an assessment in six cities to determine the needs of refugee women and girls, their challenges in accessing services and the areas that need improvement. The assessment helped inform the development of the “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey”, referred as Refugee and Response Programme (RRP), an integrated programme that targets both displaced Syrian women and girls and host-country nationals across Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. The programme works through a multi-dimensional strategy that: i) enables women’s empowerment through addressing issues of economic vulnerability and violence by increased access to recovery and livelihood opportunities, paired with comprehensive protection services and support to national justice structures to promote accountability for violence against women, and ii) promotes a culture of peace and co-existence through supporting women to lead and engage in peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict prevention.

The partners for programme implementation in Turkey are the Municipality of Gaziantep, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). The programme  offers a two-tier approach that combines livelihoods and referral support at the SADA Women-Only Center in Gaziantep, with interventions aiming at increasing women’s participation in decision-making mechanisms and creating social dialogue between women and girls from refugee and host communities. The implementation of the project started in February 2017 and will last until the end of January 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Refugee Response Programme Management Specialist and in close cooperation with the Gender and Humanitarian Specialist, the intern will support the implementation of the RRP programme. The intern:

  • Supports preparations for RRP activities and events.
  • Provides support to organize meetings and keep files updated.
  • Works with implementing partners to monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Researches and prepares briefs/communication products on RRP.
  • Prepares analytical and advocacy materials to assist with the implementation of the mandate.
  • Compiles information from different sources and produces analytical synopses for internal and external purposes (including annual reporting).
  • Collects information and data to be used for preparation of briefing notes, talking points, and reports as required.
  • Contributes to data entry and database updating/revision of programme related documents.
  • Provides support on additional tasks and projects related to the Refugee Response Programme team or other programme teams in the office when required.

On completion of the internship, the intern will:

  • Acquire in depth knowledge about gender sensitive refugee response and UN Women’s Women, Peace and Security related interventions in Turkey.
  • Gain practical experience with regards to programme/project implementation.
  • Improve drafting, reporting and analytical skills.
  • Acquire team work skills in an international environment.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • 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: :

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing (in English), in a clear and concise manner.
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern must have completed studies in social sciences, public administration, gender studies, political science, international development 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.
  • Working knowledge of Turkish and/or Arabic would be an asset. 

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong computer skills with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Skills in using basic data analysis functions of Microsoft Excel to analyze quantitative data and to visualize data and findings.
  • Basic knowledge and experience in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming in the development and/or humanitarian context.
  • Knowledge of results-based planning, monitoring, reporting and/or evaluation would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of gender-related programmes and initiatives at the global, regional or country level would be an asset.

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.
  • 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 (a) (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 positions in the professional and above category 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.

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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