Resource Mobilization Intern

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 05

Position description

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.

The Strategic Partnerships Division (SPD) is responsible for proactively driving the positioning of UN Women so that the size, sources and predictability of its resources help the organization achieve its strategic goals. A service centre to UN Women HQ Divisions and Field Offices, SPD is organized into functional clusters, comprising: Resource Mobilization (including Liaison Offices) and Communications and Advocacy. Given the scope and interrelationships of SPD’s functional responsibilities, the work of SPD is highly synergistic, involving constant and direct interaction and information-sharing among team members, to provide high quality advice, services and support to UN Women.

Within the Strategic Partnerships Division, the Resource Mobilization branch:

•           maintains and enhances donor relations, to strengthen implementation of the UN Women Resource Mobilization Strategy;

•           supports compliance with obligations to donors and other partners, enhancing general institutional accountability; and

•           helps to emphasize the value of funding partnerships and donor contributions.

Our approach is to provide service, support and strategic advice. To carry out this work, we maintain and share comprehensive electronic documentation, and support global information availability, essential to the further growth and development of UN Women. Our work complies with United Nations and international practice and standards. To further streamline our work on resource mobilization, the Projections and Analysis Team (PAT) of the Resource Mobilization branch focuses on data collection and organization, analysis, forecasting and synthesizing to enhance decision-making on partnerships, donor visibility and interaction, as well as knowledge management and sharing.

This is an opportunity for two Donor Relations Interns to work under the overall supervision of the Director and Deputy Director, in the Resource Mobilization Branch of the Strategic Partnerships Division at UN Women headquarters in New York. They will work closely with the Projections and Analysis Team to support the donor intelligence gathering and analysis, the enhanced donor visibility and projections on funding and trends.  This internship provides an opportunity to engage with and develop knowledge resources and tools to aid in UN Women’s resource mobilization efforts.  In addition, the internship is an opportunity for students of Development Studies or International Relations/Affairs to connect the theoretical aspects of coursework with the practical application, for example, in researching aid policies and priorities or Member States and their international commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Support the team to analyze and develop visual representation of UN Women contributions in preparation for meetings with partners;
  • Research aid policies and priorities of Member States and their international commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Update donor intelligence for key donors to UN Women to include relevant new developments;
  • Review and update data on earmarked contributions by key donors to UN Women programming, to ensure consistency and accuracy of records;
  • Support the team in uploading documents on the UN Women intranet, preparing inputs for uploading to the internet and relevant briefing materials, updating the database of government counterparts in New York and in the field, and outreach to Member States including drafting correspondence;
  • Assist in logistical and operational support and provide other assistance as identified during the internship period.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of the internship the interns should have a good working knowledge of the resource mobilization function of UN Women as well as a clear understanding of the relationship building with partners and clients;
  • At the end of the internship interns should have a better understanding of the complex functions and dynamics of an international organization working in the development sector, and its impact in the UN System as well as at the national and regional levels;
  • The interns should leave with an improved understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and how UN Women’s work is changing global perspectives about these areas.


Core Values and Guiding Principles:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity; 
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other;
  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge;
  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies: 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills (including the ability to succinctly summarize research findings in written briefs, reports, etc.;
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook);
  • Attention to detail, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Familiarity with UN structure and values is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Interns must have studies in international relations, development studies including gender studies, business/management, or another similar subject at the university level;
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor's level or equivalent); or have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power BI, etc.), good knowledge and experience in supporting web-based management systems;
  • Research and analysis skills and ability to work independently and to meet deadlines.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required. Working knowledge of French, or Spanish desired.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women. 

Application Information: 

  • Two internship positions are on offer, initially for a three-month period with the possibility of extension for a further three-month period;
  • 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). 

Application instructions

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