Intern - Peace and Security, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: USA

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Friday, 6 May 2022

Intern - Peace and Security


Application Deadline : 06-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Crisis Response

Type of Contract : Internship

Post Level : Intern

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)


Duration of Initial Contract : 3 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 3 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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 Peace and Security, Humanitarian, and Resilience Section leads the UN system-wide coordination on women, peace and security and gender-responsive humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction; provides technical and financial support to the UN Women field offices; and implements several global initiatives, which range from investigating and documenting sexual and gender based-crimes, to facilitating women’s participation in peace talks and peacekeeping missions, channeling funds to women’s organizations in crises and post-conflict contexts to respond to humanitarian crises and prevent disasters, or supporting our government counterparts in these areas.

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Policy Specialist, the intern will provide support to the Section’s work.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be responsible for the following:

Support the team with the compilation of background research for the Secretary-General’s annual report to the Security Council, including by preparing short analytical summaries of new publications for the drafting team.

Provide technical support to communications and media-related work to promote the team’s work on mediation.

Flag relevant new research and publications, especially new facts and figures on women, peace and security.

Support compilation of background documents and desk review for the research on financing and programming on gender in climate and security

Other tasks as required by the Peace and Security Section.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

Strong academic background in international development or peace and security;
Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
Ability to write clearly and concisely;
Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;
Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment;
Excellent communications skills.

Required Skills and Experience


University studies in one of the following disciplines: law, gender studies, development studies, international relations, human rights or other relevant subjects is required.

Meet one of the following:

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.

Renumeration: 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, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.

The 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).

Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)

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