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HR - Diversity and Inclusion Intern

Copenhagen (Remote work is possible)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Remote work is possible)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Disability Rights
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-05

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Background Information - Job-specific

This assignment will support UNOPS with the development  and implementation of its Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Workforce Strategy. It will als support UNOPS efforts to further  its progress towards the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy and other D&I frameworks (around for example the inclusion of LGBQTI+ communities, prevention of racism and others).

At the end of this internship, the successful candidate will have gained:

  • Exposure to UNOPS corporate human resources processes and activities;

  • Specific experience in Diversity and Inclusion at the corporate level;

  • Exposure to an international work environment;

  • Exposure to UNOPS headquarters.

Functional competencies

Under the direct supervision of the HR Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion, the Diversity and Inclusion Intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the  development, roll out and implementation  of the Gender, Diversity & Inclusion workforce strategy; 

  • Contribute to capacity building efforts on D&I and in particular Disability Inclusion, across the organization in 80+ countries;

  • Support the global dissemination and implementation of UNOPS Reasonable Accommodation policy to manage the inclusion of People with Disabilities throughout the Human Resources cycle. The objective of the policy is to provide equality of access to all candidates and to facilitate the advancement and retention of people with disabilities at UNOPS.  

  • In collaboration with the Talent Outreach team, support the development of a framework to attract and recruit candidates from underrepresented groups.

  • Support the review of HR policies related to retention and career development to ensure the inclusion of people from underrepresented groups.

  • Work with the data analytics team to develop metrics around D&I in the workforce.

  • Work with the team to promote inclusive messaging and use of appropriate language.

  • Contribute to other projects in the People and Change Group as required.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Completion of secondary school or equivalent is required.

To be eligible for this particular internship with UNOPS, the candidate must be studying towards a university degree in human resources, social justice, diversity and inclusion, social inclusion, disability inclusion, special education, inclusiveness, psychology, social pedagogy, social sciences or other relevant discipline, or have graduated with a relevant university degree in the past three years.

Language Written and oral proficiency in English is required.

Fluency in Spanish or French is an asset
Other requirements

While no prior work experience is required, some experience in human resources, social justice, diversity and inclusion, social inclusion, disability inclusion, special education, inclusiveness, psychology, social pedagogy, social sciences or other relevant areas is desired.

Background Information - PCG

The People and Change Group (PCG) helps UNOPS empowering people, driving organizational excellence and managing change across the organization in order to help UNOPS deliver on its strategic intent.

We are a newly formed team, bringing together experienced professionals with strategic HR management, organizational design, change management expertise – all of us having a passion for achieving results and building innovation into our way of doing business. To get the job done, we structured our deliverables into six core work streams: Change management, Organizational excellence, Innovation, Talent management, Business partnering and Learning.   

We work in a dynamic, team based approach, with a diverse international team, and a drive to get things done. We are currently looking for new colleagues to join our team across a range of areas, to make our vision come to life.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Please note that the duty station is Copenhagen, but this internship can also be carried out remotely
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If an accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please make us aware, we want to ensure you perform at your best.
People self-identifying as living with a long-term disability are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

UNOPS defines long term disability as a long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. (Article 1, paragraph 2 UN Convention on the Rights of  Persons  with Disabilities)

These include: 

  1. Physical disabilities (difficulty moving, walking, bathing, climbing stairs, kneeling etc)

  2. Sensory disabilities (difficulty seeing even if wearing glasses, difficulty hearing even if using hearing aid etc)

  3. Intellectual disabilities (learning difficulties, dyslexia, restriction in cognitive functions and adaptive skills- Down syndrome, autism, etc)  

  4. Psychosocial and mental health disabilities (mood, personality, eating, substance-related or psychotic disorders, etc)

  5. other difficulties as per ILO definitions.

  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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