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Programme Unit Interns

Tirana (Albania)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Tirana (Albania)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-20

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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.

UN Women works closely with the government and civil society to design and implement the laws, policies, programmes and services needed to improve the status of women and achieve global standards for gender equality. Within the One UN Programme in Albania, UN Women Albania leads on gender equality issues, and provides coordination and support to related activities. UN Women in Albania operates in four core areas, focused on women’s economic empowerment, promoting women in decision making and their active political participation, eliminating violence against women and supporting gender responsive national planning and budgeting. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Office and direct supervision of Head of Programmes or Programme Managers, the interns will work in close collaboration with the Programme Team in the CO, ensuring timely support in carrying out proper processes related to advancing the normative, programmatic and coordination work of the office as well as other cross-cutting areas of knowledge management, research, and analysis.

The interns are expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Support in the review of available documents and research to contribute to programme development and management, as requested, on topics related to the thematic areas of work of UN Women in Albania (women’s leadership and political participation, ending violence against women, gender-responsive national planning and budgeting, women’s economic empowerment, women, peace and security) as well as on its normative and UN Coordination work;
  • Compile information from different sources and produce analytical synopses;
  • Collect information and data to be used for preparation of briefing notes, talking points, and reports as required;
  • Contribute to data entry and database updating/revision programme related documents;
  • Support preparations for CO activities and events;
  • Support in editing and revision of reports, briefs, and other documents as needed;
  • Support in additional tasks and projects of the CO Programme Unit, as required.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the mandate and working areas of UN Women and the UN system in Albania.
  • Acquire knowledge and practical experience about issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Strengthen analytical research skills in
  • Exposure to the working environment of a UN Organization;
  • Acquire team work skills in a multicultural 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:

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work  in diverse team settings;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities; 
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner; 
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings; 
  • Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively; 
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point;

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: gender studies, human rights, international relations, law or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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, or Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.

Application Information:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as 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.

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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