Data and Statistics Intern

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th August, 2019

Job Description

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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.

Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Unit/ Project Background:

About the Policy Division:

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women corporate programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to development practitioners, the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Division identifies emerging issues and trends, including gaps and challenges, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UN Women, through the training facility in Santo Domingo.

To successfully perform its mission/mandate, the Policy Division is organized into Sections, bringing together technical experts who undertake issues-based research; analyze data on country, regional or global trends; build a knowledge base on policy commitments and their implementation; propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UN Women programme strategies; and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.

About the Research and Data Section:

The Research and Data Section in the Policy Division is responsible for leading UN Women’s research and data agenda. It manages a large global network of leading feminist researchers; produces high profile knowledge products including UN Women flagship publications such as Progress of the World’s Women and The Survey of the Role of Women in Development; and leads UN Women’s growing portfolio of work on gender statistics, including monitoring of the SDGs and cutting-edge work to develop new statistical methodologies. The work of the section is key to positioning UN Women as a knowledge hub on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020 report, entitled Families in a Changing World, seeks to make visible the diversity of family structures and dynamics around the world, as the basis for making policies that are responsive to the needs of real-world families and tackle intersecting inequalities, especially by class, gender and race/ethnicity.

Also, 2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations will undertake a review of progress made since its implementation and the challenges that remain.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The purpose of this internship is to provide support to the activities of the research and data specialists within the Global Report Team of UN Women. The intern will receive overall supervision from the Research and Data Policy Specialist.

The position provides the successful candidates an opportunity to focus on a range of technical and analytical tasks, including:

  • R or STATA programming using large international datasets
  • Preparation of figures and tables using excel and Tableau
  • Analysis of development outcomes statistics from a gender perspective
  • Support activities related to disseminating strategy for the Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020 Report
  • Support research for the review related to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995)
  • Support research and preparation of knowledge projects related to SDG monitoring from a gender perspective and the SDG Summit.
  • General project and management support, including scheduling meetings, note-taking, coordinating across authors, fact-checking, and documentation.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
  • Increase knowledge of women’s rights and gender equality;
  • Increase knowledge regarding applied gender-responsive research and gender policy work;
  • Increase knowledge regarding quantitative research methods and gender statistics;
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.


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

Functional Competencies:

  • Interest in development, research, advocacy, and gender policy work.
  • A good understanding of quantitative research methods.
  • Interest and some background in statistical programming or database programming

Required Skills and Experience:


  • The intern must have studies in data analytics, gender, development 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.

Language: Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage


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