Knowledge Management and Communications Intern , UN Women – United States

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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 Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) within the Strategy, Planning, Resources and Effectiveness Division (SPRED) focuses on assisting UN Women and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links strategic planning and Results-Based Management (RBM) with more effective and new ways of working. The SPU is the custodian of RBM as well as field and HQ level strategic planning and results-based reporting in UN Women. The SPU provides quality assurance on strategic planning and results reporting exercises at the corporate and field levels. It takes a collaborative approach to strategic planning and programmatic learning, creating space for innovation and enabling UN Women and its partners to be more effective, knowledge and data-driven, and driving higher quality UN Women programming. It is also charged with engagement on all planning inter-agency initiatives. SPU is also the leading unit as business owner for UN Women results management systems to support strategic planning and results-based monitoring and reporting processes as well as data aggregation and analysis to communicate on results with stakeholders.

Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist – Strategic Planning, the intern will support the development of RBM learning material and the building and sharing of knowledge on RBM.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in maintaining, updating and monitoring the SPU’s RBM-related intranet pages, including the Community of Practice;
  • Assist with researching/identification of stories, writing and editing internal articles and other digital content that facilitate cross-regional knowledge sharing on RBM, liaising with different field and HQ colleagues;
  • Assist with the production of RBM material to support SPU’s capacity building and knowledge sharing efforts, including graphics, internal videos and other visual aids as needed;
  • Assist in the coordination of internal events, such as webinars and brownbag lunches;
  • Assist with broader internal communication efforts related to planning, monitoring and reporting, as needed.
  • Other related duties and general administrative assignments as required.

Learning objectives for the internship in this area:

  • The selected intern will be provided with hands-on learning opportunities to work in the area of RBM, capacity building, and knowledge management;
  • The selected intern will gain exposure to the UN Women organization and have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the internal communications function;
  • The intern will be provided with networking opportunities and participate in workshops/ seminars for broader learning purposes.


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

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills: able to communicate clearly and concisely and to translate complex topics into simple language for a general audience;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills: able to listen and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues; able to work independently, be proactive and take initiative;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent IT skills (experience of web content management systems is an asset);
  • Graphic design and video editing skills are an asset;
  • Familiarity with gender issues and the UN system is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: communications, knowledge management, journalism, design, behavior change, social sciences, public relations or other relevant subjects is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and editing;
  • Experience in internal communications would be a distinct advantage.
  • Experience and skill in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: editing, graphic design, creating learning material, data visualization or behavior change campaigns.
  • Meet one of the following:
  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  1. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  1. Be enrolled in a mandatory national service programme of which the internship may form a part;
  1. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two-years of graduation.


  • 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, 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).


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.)

New York, United States
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