Research and Knowledge Management Internship

UN Women, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th November, 2020

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.

Unit Background:

Placing women’s rights at the center 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.

Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality Portfolio (DIIP) within the United Nations System Coordination Division, coordinates and promotes the accountability of the United Nations system in its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. It also contributes to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of Global UN Coordination Adviser, Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion, the intern will assist/support work on issues related to gender equality, empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, intersectionality and disability inclusion. A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon:

  • Maintain UN-Women’s intranet to share information and support the implementation of the UN Women’s corporate strategy on the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities.
  • Research, analysis and writing on issues related to gender equality, empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, intersectionality and disability inclusion
  • Support internal communication and communication with external partners
  • Attend virtual meetings, support note-taking, and preparing summaries;

Learning Objectives:

Increased understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system

  • Learning different aspects of coordination and collaboration in an international environment.
  • Increased knowledge of issues related to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls facing intersecting discrimination.
  • Meeting and networking with UN Women colleagues in other units
  • Working as a team member in a multicultural setting

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: international development, social sciences, gender studies or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


  • 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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • 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).


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