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.
UN Women launched its programme in Pakistan in 2007 (at that time UNIFEM) following a request by the Government and the UN and is now strategically positioned in this regard at both the national and provincial level, post devolution. In moving towards realization of gender equality and womens empowerment, UN Women provides support to innovative initiatives that promote womens human rights, with a special focus on their economic security, governance/political participation, freedom from violence, as well as preparedness and responding to humanitarian crises.
Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative, the Special Projects Intern will be responsible for conducting trend analysis, collecting and analyzing good practices on gender and womens empowerment nationally and globally, and supporting the conceptualization, development and implementation of new and existing initiatives, with a strong focus on innovative approaches. S/he will also support the Country Representative in preparing summaries of key meetings and assisting with preparation of external communications material.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop an understanding of UN Womens work and the UN system;
Duties and Responsibilities:
Trend analysis on gender and development in Pakistan
Collating and analyzing good practices on policy, legal frameworks, and community level interventions on gender and womens empowerment both in Pakistan and globally
Support in analysis, conceptualization and drafting of project concepts or initiatives that are new and innovative
Reviewing ongoing projects across all thematic areas and advise the identify opportunities to drive innovation, including the use of ICT technologies
Support with event planning and coordination;
Support in preparing summaries of key meetings of the Country Representative for follow up
Support with drafting and reviewing external communications material prepared for the Country Representative
Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months
Working Hours: Part-time or Full Time
Languages Required: English/Urdu
Duty Station: Islamabad, Pakistan
1. 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.
2. Core Competencies:
Held colleagues and team members accountable for planned goals and competency standards;
Practiced giving and receiving constructive feedback.
Proactively informed clients, preventing loss of time and errors;
Responded to questions, resolved problems, and helped provide accurate information to clients;
Identified, understood, and addressed client needs.
Commitment to Learning:
Learned about agency, its processes, structure, challenges, and environment;
Contributed to knowledge sharing.
Produced communication products (written and oral);
Interpreted key messages for and from clients with cultural sensitivity.
Planning and Organizing:
Developed work plans;
Implemented activities in a timely manner, met deadlines.
Coordinated work and roles with other team members;
Supported goals of the team;
Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
3. Functional Competencies:
Excellent analysis, research, report and speech writing and organizational skills, attention to detail is critical;
Ability to adapt and work within a multicultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment;
Demonstrated track record of generating innovative ideas and implementing them
Willingness to work in an all hands on deck environment, and engage in a variety of tasks;
Tech-savvy, with proficiency in using a variety of social media and mobile applications
Knowledge of how students and universities are addressing global challenges, an asset;
Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook.
Required Skills and Experience
The intern must have studied/be studying law, human rights, international relations, public policy, politics, social sciences, gender 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; Must also be fluent in written and spoken Urdu.
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).
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:
Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
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 Bachelors level or equivalent)
Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within one year
UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;
All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;
UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;
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