Location : Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, UNSCR 1244 (1999)
Application Deadline : 27-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Gender Equality
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : 01-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 01/09/2020 to 31/03/2021
Expected Duration of Assignment : 01/09/2020 to 31/03/2021
Unit/ Project Background: UN Women has been active in Kosovo since 1999 (then still as UNIFEM). UN Women in Kosovo supports local partners’ efforts that focus on implementation of UNSCR 1325, increasing women’s participation in decision-making, promoting the use of gender perspectives in policy development, strengthening the protection of women affected by conflict, reinforcing the capacities at local and central levels to counter gender-based and domestic violence, amplifying calls for accountability and advancing the status of women in post-conflict settings.
UN Women maintains a large presence throughout the 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, Tajikistan and Turkey; country offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine. “Implementing norms, changing minds” is a UN Women regional programme, which aims at ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women. The adoption and full implementation of frameworks aligned with international normative standards – including those standards outlined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Convention and the European Union acquis Communautaire – are essential for addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women. The programme will strengthen women’s organizations capacity to hold governments to account, advocate for effective implementation, and monitor prevention of and response to violence against women. Beyond the full implementation of legislative frameworks, the programme also addresses structural causes of gender inequality – and one of its most pervasive expressions, violence against women – through a transformation of gender discriminatory stereotypes, perceptions and beliefs. In addition, a joint inter-agency programme on provision of immediate socio-economic support to women impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be implemented with the general aim to facilitate their access to social and economic protection mechanisms. In this regard, a number of activities, including provision of psychological assistance sessions, small grants scheme for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, awareness raising, safety plans and training for service providers will be undertaken. Lastly, protection, prevention and response to violence against women is closely interlinked with the availability of and access to comprehensive, multi-sectoral services for survivors of violence. Under direct supervision of the Technical Project Analyst, the intern supports the implementation of the UN Women Projects with special focus on the Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) project and immediate socio-economic response after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duties and Responsibilities
The intern will undertake the following tasks:
- Support the office in implementation of project activities, with a focus on EVAW-related and socio-economic support activities, (e.g. preparation of trainings, workshops or advocacy actions; drafting letters and other documents);
- Support UN Women Office in communication with partners especially CSOs, EU and other international organizations;
- Support the UN Women Office in awareness raising on gender equality and violence against women, and in organizing and events/activities related to EVAW Programme and COVID-19 related impact on women and girls,16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10), especially activities related to UN Secretary Generals campaign UNITE to EVAW; and other UN Advocacy days where UN Women has a leading role, such as Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 (October 31), and International Women’s Days (March 8) especially in the field of online communication via social media and post-activity/event follow-up reporting;
- Support UN Women office in drafting web articles on project activities, concept notes and any other related documents
- Draft and share meeting minutes from staff meetings, Security and Gender Group meetings and any other meetings participated in, as required;
- Assist UN Women staff in various research and fundraising tasks;
- Assist UN Women staff in various admin tasks as they arise;
- Increase understanding of UN Women’s mandate and work and the UN system.
- Increase knowledge and understanding of issues related to communication and awareness raising as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a focus on EWAV;
- Build and develop professional relationships with UN Women colleagues and colleagues from other UN agencies.
- Develop drafting, project management and evaluation skills.
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
- Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
- Knowledge of Results Based Management;
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings;
- Good knowledge of technical area;
- Good organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
- Excellent communication and advocacy skills; ability to mobilize interest and support with a wide range of audiences;
- Deep knowledge of development policy and women’s rights, use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), media relations, information culture and practices;
- Operational experience within or in-depth study of the current social, economic, political, security and conflict dynamics of South East Europe and/or Kosovo.
Required Skills and Experience
- The intern must be pursuing / have pursued studies in social science, political studies, development studies, politics, gender/women studies, journalism, communication studies 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;
- Knowledge of any local language (Albanian/Serbian) is an asset.
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 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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- 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