Innovation Facility Intern
New York City (United States of America)
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:
Under the direct supervision and guidance of Director of the Innovation Facility, the intern will assist the Innovation Facility by: Conducting research; drafting substantive inputs; supporting internal and external communication; and assisting in the overall coordination of the work of the Innovation Facility.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct research on emerging trends in innovation and gender;
- Support the Innovation Team in maintaining effective coordination with innovation projects, in order to keep up to date communications on projects across the Office of Innovation;
- Support formulation of concept notes, project documents, MoUs, etc.
- Manage, design and develop internal communication, including innovation newsletter, intranet webpage, partners database, innovation library;
- Provide support with organizing and promoting events on innovation;
- Create communication materials for advocacy and outreach for UN Women’s public website and social media platforms;
- Develop human interest stories about projects and activities,
- Draft and edit in order to keep up to date communications on projects across the Office of Innovation, including prepare presentations and communication materials as required
- Perform other duties as they arise.
- Respect for Diversity
- 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:
o Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
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
- Strong Academic background in international development social sciences, development studies, communications, or other related fields;
- Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal, listening, writing) skills;
- Ability to think and work logically, precisely and with attention to detail;
- Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues;
- Maintains diplomacy, tack and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients;
Initiative, sound judgement demonstrates ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in international relations, public management, innovation and technology, 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 defined in (a) or (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