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Governance, Peace and Security Communications Intern


  • Organization: UNWOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • International Relations
    • Democratic Governance
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Security and Safety
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: Closed


Division/Unit: Governance Peace and Security, Regional Office for Asia and the PacificDuration: 15 February 2023 – 14 August 2023 

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.Through the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok and multi-country, country offices and Non-Residence Agencies programme presence, UN Women builds on a long history of support to governments and women’s movements. UN Women’s programs in Asia and the Pacific focus on governance, women, peace and security, ending violence against women, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction, women’s economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS. For more information about UN Women in Asia and the Pacific, please visit the official website.The portfolio of UN Women’s work on Governance, Peace and Security (GPS) in Asia-Pacific is based on “The Regional Framework Towards Peaceful, Inclusive Societies: Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Inclusive Governance in the Asia Pacific Region” (2023-2027) focusing on implementing the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda to the specific context of Asia-Pacific region such as development and implementation of WPS national action plans;  conflict prevention and building peace and resilience; prevention of violent extremism; women’s participation and leadership in emerging or non-traditional security issues such as climate, peace and security and cybersecurity and the digital space. The Governance work covers women’s access to justice; gender responsive budgeting; women’s leadership, including women’s political participation. Reporting to the Regional Policy Advisor Governance Peace and Security and in close coordination with the ROAP Communications/ External Relations Unit, the Governance Peace and Security Communications Intern will be based in Bangkok, Thailand - or home-based if preferred- and assist in the planning and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies of the Regional Framework to increase the visibility and awareness of UN Women with partners, the media and the public. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision of UN Women ROAP Regional Policy Advisor Governance Peace and Security, and in coordination with ROAP Communications/ External Relations Unit, the selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Support the planning and design of external communication and outreach/advocacy strategies and plans;
  • Monitor and analyze print and social media and provide analysis;
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of creative advocacy materials and knowledge products including by drafting briefing materials, and press releases and coordinating its dissemination through effective channels;
  • Support the establishment of media relations and maintain list of relevant media in coordination with the ROAP Communications unit;
  • Support the improvement and maintenance of the website/social media contents based on corporate policy;
  • Support knowledge building and sharing by identifying and synthesizing best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme goals and activities;
  • Perform other tasks as necessary.

In undertaking the above duties, the candidate will increase their knowledge and skills of planning and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategies to promote gender equality and effectively engage key stakeholders including women and youth from diverse backgrounds. In addition, the candidate develops first-hand experience of the work environment of UN Women. 


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: Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies
  • Knowledge of web-based management systems
  • Knowledge of production, graphic design and photography standards
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and experience in social media outreach
  • Communication, networking and advocacy skills
  • Ability to be strategic and analytical
  • Knowledge of gender and human rights issues desirable
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: communications, public relations, journalism or other relevant subjects are required.
  • Meet one of the following:
  1. Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent);
  3. Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation; or
  4. Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertakes 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, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrolment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrolment 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.At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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