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.
In this role as the global voice and advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN Women must deliver to an ambitious agenda as a center of excellence on knowledge, partnerships, advocacy and social mobilization, as well as a convener, thought leader and champion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general direction and guidance of the Director of Strategic Partnerships Division, the Fundraising, communications and advocacy Intern will support the Director in coordinating the work of and providing logistical and substantive support to a cohort of communications team that has been especially hired to collectively support UN Women to positioning as fit for purpose among key constituencies.
Specifically, the intern will:
- Support the SPD director on following up on the work plan of the Consultants cohort responsible for this initiative and their specific deliverables;
- Coordinate the communications between the SDP Director and the team as well as provide inputs for the Director on her chairing of the meetings and upon her request.
- Coordinate the exchange of information and further consultations of the team with the different stakeholders and UN Women staff members as well as draft succinct reports on such consultations;
- Prepare official correspondences, including letters of invitation to UN Women’s consultation undertaking under this initiative;
- Collect technical information and do research to the consultants in the development of their deliverables;
- Coordinate logistical requirements as assigned;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Learn about strategic communications and advocacy for institutional positioning and fundraising purposes
- Get familiarized with the UN Women, our gender equality mandate and work as well as its rules and regulations and methods of work, in particular in the areas of communications, advocacy and resource mobilization strategies.
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.
Respect for Diversity:
- 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.
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- 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.
- 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:
- Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
- Strong interest in development issues on the UN agenda, particularly gender equality, disability and/or human rights;
- Strong computer skills, using Microsoft Office, and internet research skills;
- Ability to think and write logically and attention to detail;
- Innovative and solution-oriented with demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in gender studies, international relations, and/or development assistance 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)
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