Intern - Program Division, Africa Section

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
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    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

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:

The Programme Division (PD) sets the standards, assures the quality of program design, and provides guidance to country level program work of UN Women, as well as supports the coordination role of UN Women at regional and country level. It supports the effective use of results-based management and reporting across the organization. It also manages Global Trust Funds, and Global Programs, and it provides technical capacity to countries on request, including a humanitarian response capacity.

The Programme Team makes possible the oversight function of the Programme Directorate for UN Women’s programmes and activities in the field. It supports corporate planning and the oversight of planning processes. It leads UN Women’s corporate analysis of developments and trends at the country and regional level, ensuring UN Women’s senior management receives timely advice and recommendations. It supports UN Women’s field-based presences, specifically Regional Offices including on operational matters, and connects them appropriately to other parts of headquarters as required.  The Programme Team members represent UN Women in interagency fora and provide support to UN Women normative work in intergovernmental processes, as well as contributing to resource mobilization and partnership building more broadly at headquarters level.  

Up-to-date, high quality situation analyses on the overall political and socio-economic context, gender equality and UN Women engagement and strategic partnerships at country and regional level are an essential tool for facilitation of the oversight and representational functions of the Programme Division. To this end, UN Women is seeking to engage a highly motivated intern, whom, under the general supervision of the Programme Specialist for Africa, will support the Programme Team (Africa) to maintain a database on monthly updates, topics and partners relevant to UN Women work in Africa, preparations, briefing notes and events support for the Commission on the Status of Women and support for the Africa Women Leaders’ Network report review and meeting preparations.




Duties and Responsibilities

Technical support to the Directorate

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, contribute to the Programme Division and Programme Team’s work-planning and priority setting processes;
  • Support to the PRGs, review of SNs and AWPs;
  • Support the creation of briefing materials for the Senior Management’s missions and participation in meetings and international events based on reports and other materials submitted from regional and country offices;
  • Support Preparations for CSW 62 - develop and review briefs related to UN Women Africa’s participation; preparation of side events and other such ceremonies relevant to Africa; produce and support relevant communications, required during related CSW events; draft reports and other key recommendations and follow up actions from related events at CSW;
  • Support preparations for the Africa Women Leaders Network meeting in February and review of 2017 and 2018 meeting reports.
  • Support research on different topics in the field of gender equality that strengthens the work of UN Women Africa and its partners;
  • Collect data and other statistics on relevance for UN Women programming and drafting briefs, overviews and reports in specific areas
  • Monitor developments in the field of gender equality in Africa and prepare regular updates for use by UN Women and its partners;
  • Assist the Programme Specialist in reorganizing and maintaining the knowledge management platforms for the Programme Team (Africa).

Support to inter-agency coordination and normative processes:

  • Support the supervisor on issues related to normative processes as required including attendance in meetings and other events and preparing reports/results of participation and following up on actions and commitments taken.

Partnership building and resource mobilization support:

  • Provide substantive administrative support to the Programme Advisor on matters related to resource mobilization, donor relations, fundraising activities in support of resource mobilization efforts in PD and/or on behalf the regional and country offices

Learning Objectives: 

1. Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;

2. Better understanding of political and management processes in the UN system

3. Increased understanding of results-based management, programme and project management, and political analysis;




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:

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent coordination and organization skills



Required Skills and Experience



  • The intern must have studies in political science, economics, gender related studies, international development, public policy, 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.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge in public policy related issues, Africa-area studies, women’s rights or international affairs is preferred.
  • Knowledge that combines research and practice in the above-mentioned areas is valued.
  • Ability to use relevant ICT tools to produce professional presentations and briefs
  • Demonstrated interest in policy, human rights and women’s rights issues in Africa is preferred.
  • Strong communications skills are preferred.


  • 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. 

Application Information:

  • 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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