Evaluation and Research Intern

United Nations Development Programme, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th February, 2021

Job Description

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 IES led independent corporate and decentralized evaluations including Country Portfolio Evaluations (CPEs) and regional evaluations of strategic thematic issues and programmes. 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.

As part of its ongoing work at the regional and global levels, IES is seeking the support of qualified interns. This would include multiple internship positions supporting evaluative work led by Regional Evaluation Specialists (RES) based in UN Women’s regional offices as well as Evaluation Specialists that work on corporate evaluations.

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).
  • 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 Objectives

  • 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.

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); Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, or Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional traineeship program which is part of a degree programme and undertake the internship as part of the program requirements.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; languages used in various regions are required for supporting regional level work, including Spanish, French and Arabic;
  • Strong writing and editing skills, attention to conceptual accuracy and use of proper terminology;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


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