|UN Women Background:
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:
One of the thematic priorities of UN Women is the promotion of women’s political participation and leadership. The Political Participation unit in the Leadership and Governance Section supports UN Women’s work in this area, as framed under Outcome 2 of the Entity’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 “Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems”, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes.
The Political Participation unit has supported implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 agenda, as guided by the UN Women’s Flagship Programme on Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership. The Flagship Programme is designed to achieve SDG Target 5.5: to “ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.” The Political Participation team i) provides targeted policy guidance and advisory services on women’s political participation at global, regional and country levels; ii) generates knowledge through practical research, and tools development for country implementation; iii) fosters partnerships across the UN System, and with donors, international organizations and civil society groups, to promote women’s political participation and leadership; and iv) provides policy and advisory support to promote women’s political participation and leadership in over 70 countries.
The Political Participation team is also leading the work on SDG indicator 5.5.1b, “proportion of seats held by women in local government”, one of the SDG indicators under the custody of UN Women. As part of this work, UN Women has developed the methodology of the indicator, and currently coordinates data compilation for the global monitoring of the indicator and the national institutional capacity building to ensure systematic availability of data on women’s political participation. Within this framework, UN Women is seeking to bolster its research and knowledge capacities to assist (a) UN Women Country Offices in improving women’s political participation and (b) national stakeholders with a role in producing the relevant data.
Under the supervision of the Political Participation Advisor and/or the Policy Specialist on Local Government, the Intern will support ongoing research and knowledge management aimed to develop knowledge products on key niche areas on women’s political participation including on: (i) organization of local government across countries; (ii) women’s representation in local government; and (iii) women’s participation in political processes, including women’s suffrage.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The Intern is expected to undertake the following tasks:
The unit to which the Intern is assigned will be responsible for providing adequate learning opportunities and exposure to a wide range of the Leadership and Governance Section’s work – policy and programme advice, creation of knowledge products, organization of workshops, and partnerships with leading institutions in relevant areas.
The Intern will be introduced to the larger range of policy work done by various sections in the Policy Division of UN Women and the various policy documents prepared by the governance teams in headquarters and in the regions.
The Intern will also be provided with networking and broader learning opportunities through Brown Bag Lunches, and Learn seminars.
|Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Development and Innovation:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
Required Skills and Experience
Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.
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
UN Women Internship Policy:
1) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year.
2) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
3) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
4) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
5) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
6) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;
7) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application.