Programme Intern

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th December, 2018

Job Description


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. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, the 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.

UN Women maintains a large presence throughout Europe and Central Asia region, covering 14 countries, with programme presence in Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244), Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine; country offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova; and remaining countries are covered through a multi-country office in Almaty that covers Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The adoption of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), and the fact that countries have to harmonize national legislation with the EU’s acquis as part of the accession process, has created an opportunity to step up UN Women’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECA RO) capacity to bring a regional perspective to human rights-based programming in relation to regional and international agreements, and the European Union (EU) normative frameworks for accession countries related to gender equality discrimination, and more particularly, on ending violence against women in Western Balkans and Turkey.

“Implementing norms, changing minds” is a UN Women regional programme, which aims to support a reduction in discrimination and violence against women and girls in Turkey and six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), anchored in the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention, and also in alignment with European Union accession standards. The programme supports the development of an enabling legislative and policy environment on eliminating violence against women and all forms of discrimination; promotes favorable social norms and attitudes to prevent gender discrimination and violence against women; and pursues empowering women and girls (including those from disadvantaged groups) who have experienced discrimination or violence to advocate for and use available, accessible, and quality services. The programme will channel its interventions through and for women’s organizations, with an emphasis on those working with women from disadvantaged groups.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Regional Director of the ECA RO and direct supervision of Implementing Norms, Changing Minds Programme Regional Manager, the Intern will work in close collaboration with the Programme Team, ensuring timely support in carrying out proper processes and activities related to the Programme as well as other cross-cutting areas of knowledge management, research, and analysis.

The intern is expected to undertake the following specific tasks:

  • Conduct consultations and a needs assessment to identify existing knowledge gaps and practices on ending violence against women among UN Women Country Offices/Programme Presence involved in the Programme ¨Implementing Norms, Changing Minds¨;
  • Design and develop knowledge management plan to address identified gaps
  • Coordinate with UN Women Country Offices/Programme Presence the collection and documentation of lessons learned, good practices and innovations that come from monitoring the Programme ¨Implementing Norms, Changing Minds¨- Contribute to capturing and sharing them through a narrative-based approach to ensure key stakeholders can readily use them.
  • Provide regular feedback and insights gained from monitoring to the Country Technical Project Analyst and the Regional Programme Manager, to help them evolve their strategies in a timely fashion;
  • Compile information from different sources and produce analytical synopses;
  • Prepare briefing notes, talking points, and reports as required;
  • Participate and support in the implementation of regional activities and events including high level inter-governmental meetings, forums, as needed, to support proper documentation and provide technical support;
  • Support, as needed, the development of publications, advocacy and communication materials;
  • Contribute to data entry and database updating/revision;
  • Provide editing and revision support on reports, briefs, guidance notes, ToRs, and other timely documents as needed;
  • Provide support on additional tasks and projects related to programme as required.


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:

  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work with different actors, including through remote contact;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities; Ability to produce high-quality deliverables in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and collaborative settings;
  • Ability to take initiatives, ask questions, and contribute substantively;
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and Power Point.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The intern should be pursuing academic studies in gender studies, human rights, international relations, or other similar subject at the university level;
  • Be enrolled in a post graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or 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;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language and/or Turkish a distinct advantage.


  • Experience in the field of gender and women’s human rights is a considerable asset;
  • Experience in working with CSOs considered an asset.


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