Open UN Internship Opportunities March 2024

Open UN Internship Opportunities March 20224

Women’s Economic Empowerment Intern at UN Women

  • The main agenda of the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Programme is to strengthen women’s economic autonomy through increasing access to quality livelihood opportunities, and support women and girls in their innovations, social enterprises, and capacities to secure social, economic and environmental assets and knowledge. The key focus areas for 2023 are: (1) Climate Resilient Agriculture and ensuring a just transition to the blue and green economies; (2) The Care Economy; and (3) women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship development, decent work and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
  • UN Women Country Offices: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa (multi-country office including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
  • NRA countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius/Seychelles, Namibia, and Zambia
  • UN Women ESARO seeks to hire an intern to support the WEE portfolio.

Duties And Responsibilities
Duties and Resposibilities

  • Support the Policy Specialist to review/conduct economic empowerment related research from a gender economics perspective;
  • Support the Policy Specialist in programme management and implementation;
  • Support the Policy Specialist in various communications tasks such as writing position papers, talking points, website articles, developing social media posts, etc;
  • Support the Policy Specialist on administrative tasks as required.

Learning goals include:

  • Enhanced knowledge on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Enhanced knowledge on gender and economics in development in Africa;
  • Enhance knowledge on the programmatic and operational aspects of working at UN Women.

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.
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Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrable knowledge of feminist/gender economics;
  • Demonstrable Knowledge of development issues in Africa, preferably in East and Southern Africa;

Required Skills and Experience

  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: feminist/gender economics;
  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); 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;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher);
  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent);
  • 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.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to UN Women on to apply
Open UN Internship Opportunities March 2024

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