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 Independent Evaluation Service (IES) of the Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS) is the custodian of UN Women’s evaluation function, which is governed by the UN Women Evaluation Policy.
UN Women carries out corporate and decentralized evaluations. All evaluations are quality-assured through the Global Evaluation Reports Assessment and Analysis System (GERAAS) and results are presented at the annual session of the Executive Board through the Annual Report on Evaluation. All evaluations are publicly available on the Global Accountability and Tracking of Evaluation (GATE) system along with their management responses. The IES also develops guidelines and methodologies to mainstream gender equality and human rights perspectives in evaluation.
UN Women is the leading entity on gender-responsive evaluation and contributes to coherence on gender equality evaluation in the UN system by providing a repository of gender-related evaluations and ensuring the inclusion of a gender equality perspective in the work of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and by coordinating the reporting on the Evaluation Indicator of the UN System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP).
IES also works together with national governmental and non-governmental partners to strengthen gender-responsive evaluation and engages with regional Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation and national evaluation systems. UN Women works to strengthen organizations’ and individual evaluation capacities buildings.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:
- Preparatory and research works for ongoing and upcoming evaluations:
- Assist with relevant data collection and background research as well as the management of the repository of documents;
- Assist with analysis of preliminary data and portfolio building;
- Assist with identifying key documents and conducting stakeholder analysis;
- Assist with review of inception and draft reports for data accuracy;
- Assistance in updating and maintaining UN Women Evaluation database and knowledge management system, including the UN Women Evaluation management and tracking systems (GATE) and Gender Equality Evaluation Database.
- Assistance in updating internal and external evaluation knowledge management system and in developing knowledge and/or communications products, such as presentations, briefs and other materials related to evaluation and/or evaluation functions.
- Assistance in gender-responsive evaluation capacity building and the development of GRE evaluation tool initiatives.
- Any other relevant tasks requested by the Independent Evaluation Service (IES)
- Learning about evaluation and implementation of gender equality programs in an international environment;
- Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system;
- Enhanced capacity for monitoring and evaluation of gender equality interventions and institutions;
- Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units and the broad UN community;
- Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
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;
- Caution when developing communication content on public fora and liaising with external partners.
Planning and Organizing
- Developed work plans;
- Implemented activities in a timely manner, met deadlines.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must have studies in social science, gender issues, evaluation, political science, political economy, public administration or international 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); or 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;
- Strong writing and editing skills, attention to conceptual accuracy and use of proper terminology;
- Working knowledge of another UN language a distinct advantage.