Women Human Rights Defender Window Intern

Organization/Employer: United Nations Development Programme


City: Geneva

Job Type: Intern

Deadline: 15/05/2023

Category: Gender Equality

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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.
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a United Nations multi-partner trust fund that supports local and grassroots women’s civil society organizations, as well as women civil society leaders, working at the forefront of humanitarian action and peace building. It is a flexible and rapid global pooled funding mechanism, which aims to significantly increase financing for women’s participation, leadership and empowerment in crisis settings by breaking silos between peace and security, humanitarian response, development and human rights. Since the end of 2016, the WPHF has supported over 900 civil society organizations and is present in 32 countries. UN Women hosts the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.  In 2022, the WPHF launched a new funding window for the protection and participation of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). The WHRD window provides two types of support to WHRDs from or working in conflict and crisis contexts: (i) Safety Net support, to cover the emergency protection expenses of WHRDs and their dependents (implemented together with NGO partners); and (ii) Advocacy Support, to facilitate their participation in events and decision-making processes (implemented directly by the WPHF).
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the review and evaluation of WHRD applications received in Dari, Pashto, and English
Contribute to the development of background documents, briefs and presentations related to the WHRD Window
Conduct research and contribute to the production of analytical products about the evolving situation for WHRDs from/working in conflict and crisis countries
Assist with the organization of advocacy and outreach initiatives
Assist the WPHF WHRDs Unit in taking notes for meetings and engagements with NGO partners and external stakeholders
Support communications and data management of WPHF WHRD Window, such as managing the program’s inbox and developing a contact list
Carry out other tasks assigned to support the WPHF secretariat, as required
Learning objectives
Develop skills in program management
Learn about the valuable impact, as well as risks, challenges and opportunities facing WHRDs
Core Values:
Respect for Diversity
Core Competencies:
Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
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: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
Functional Competencies:
Commitment to gender equality and women’s rights
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
Strong drafting skills
Organizational skills
Required Skills and Experience
University studies in one of the following disciplines: international relations, gender studies, social/political science, international development, human rights, international law, or other relevant subjects is required.
Meet one of the following:
Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree program (such as a master’s program, or higher);
Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
Be enrolled in a mandatory national service program of which the internship may form a part;
Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two years of graduation.
Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
Fluency in oral and written Dari, Pashto is highly desirable;
Working Knowledge of another UN language (particularly French, Spanish or Arabic) is an asset.
Interns who are not in receipt of financial support from other sources such as universities or other institutions will receive a stipend from UN Women to partially subsidize their basic living costs for the duration of the internship.
Application Information:
All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan at the duty station of the internship, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy of their passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as 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.
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.
UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)
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