Governance and Planning Intern

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Oct 01

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.

Unit/Project Background:

The UN Women Strategic Partnership Division (SPD) is responsible for proactively driving the strategic positioning of UN Women and ensure that the size, sources and predictability of its resources help the organization achieve its strategic goals. The division is organized into three functional clusters: Resource Mobilization, Private Sector, and Communications & Advocacy.

The National Committees are a unique feature of UN Women. Currently there are 13 National Committees in the world (Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, UK, USA), each established as an independent local non-governmental organization. Serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UN Women, the National Committees work tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote women’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for women and girls threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.


Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Individual, Digital and Public Giving, the Governance and Planning Intern will support the following for a period of six months.

Planning and Coordinating

  • Reviewing and providing quality assurance of National Committees Biennial Partner Plans, project funding agreements and requests, and ensuring the compliance with UN Women pertinent policies.
  • Ensuring timely submission of quarterly reports, annual reports, revenue and cost reports, project funding reports, etc. from National Committees.
  • Coordinating office-wide annual reporting as well as completing other requests from Headquarters.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitoring overall project implementation of National Committees Biennial Partner Plans with respect to progress and updates, delivery, project objectives, outputs and indicators.
  • Analyzing quantitative and qualitative information to evaluate the performance of each portfolio.
  • Preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on the project progress of National Committee.

Documenting and Supporting

  • Taking minutes in meetings and managing all documentations along the project implementation process of UN Women National Committees.
  • Providing secretarial and coordination support of office-wide meetings and external meetings.

Performing other ad-hoc duties.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of the internship the interns should have a good working knowledge of the Individual Giving portfolio, as well as a clear understanding of the day to day work of UN Women National Committees.
  • 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 intern should leave with better technical knowledge of knowledge management and sharing of the Individual Giving portfolio.
  • The intern 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:

  • 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


  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Ability to communicate sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Strong oral and written communication and organization skills;
  • Ability to consistently work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Required Skills and Experience



  • The intern must have studies in international relations, law, business, corporate governance or audit, or similar;
  • 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.
  • Interest or familiarity with project management and/or knowledge management a must;
  • Interest in or familiarity with law, audit, not-for-profit or corporate governance an asset;
  • Strong computer skills, Word, Excel, Power Point and website management.

 Other skills / personal interests:

  • Commitment, interest, and knowledge in the area of Individual and Digital Giving;
  • Personal initiative, curiosity, and the respect for differences in a multicultural environment.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is desirable.

Application instructions

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