UN Women Job Vacancy : Women’s Peace and Security/Humanitarian Intern

UN Women – 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Women’s Peace and Security/Humanitarian Intern

Location: Abuja
Type of Contract: Internship
Post Level: Intern
Languages Required: English
Duration of Initial Contract: Initial duration of 3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months


  • 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.
  • Nigeria’s central role in ECOWAS, its large population and strong economy is a strategic player in West Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa more generally. However, Nigeria faces several security challenges including low-intensity conflicts over resource wealth, crimes and kidnappings and in recent years, the onset of the conflict in the North-East of Nigeria between Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) and the Government. This conflict began in 2009, and has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over two million people and destroyed thousands of properties. Women have been the first victims of the displacement and human rights abuses triggered by the conflict.
  • In addition to the North-East conflict, Nigeria is confronted with pockets of conflict and insecurity in other regions of the country, which threaten to undermine peace in the country and which require a stronger engagement of women to support mediation and conflict prevention efforts. These include the long-standing conflicts over oil resource and wealth distribution in the Niger Delta; separatist agitation by segments of the Igbo population in the country’s South-East; and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, which stretch from the North-East, North-West, South West and South East of the country, and which is estimated to have resulted in more deaths than the North-East conflict.
  • Moreover, women’s role in the different conflicts has been overlooked and their capacity under-utilized, leaving untapped an incredible tool for transformative change and sustainable peace, as women are often seen only as victims of conflicts that need to be protected rather than agents of change for peace.

UN Women’s Work
UN Women has just completed implementation of a four-year programme, “Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria (2014-2018)”. The Programme supported the Nigerian Government at Federal level and three Northern States (Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe), to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings. The Programme facilitated the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).

UN Women works in the North-East, and has a field office in Maiduguri, Borno State (the epicenter of the Northeast conflict). It supports efforts on a gender inclusive and responsive humanitarian response, through mainstreaming gender in strategic frameworks and programmes and training humanitarian actors on Gender in humanitarian action (GiHA). UN Women also provides skills training and livelihoods support to conflict affected women and girls to boost their economic empowerment status.  The office further strengthens women’s participation in humanitarian response, recovery and peacebuilding efforts and has implemented projects in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States.

Within the context of UN Women’s support to women’s peace and security and humanitarian response, the office is looking for an innovative, outstanding and committed intern, working under the supervision of the Programme Managers on Women’s Peace and Security (WPS) and Humanitarian Action (HA). The intern will support the roll-out of WPS and Humanitarian projects currently supported by UN Women, with a focus on ensuring women’s engagement and participation in peacebuilding, economic empowerment/recovery and minimizing gender inequalities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Learning Objective:

  • Develop an understanding of UN Women’s work and the UN system.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the conduct of gender assessments and analysis
  • Assist in the organization of consultative meetings, trainings, campaigns and peer-learning visits
  • Assist in writing meeting minutes, mission and training reports
  • Support the development of Conflict Analysis, Mediation & Negotiation Training Tools
  • Facilitate the documentation of human-interest stories and best practices
  • Provide input to briefs, policy updates and strategic documents on WPS and HA
  • Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally
  • Participate in inter-agency coordination committees and working groups
  • Monitor the implementation of WPS and HA projects

Core Values and Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies
Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Development and Innovation:

  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Functional Competencies:

  • Work and drive progress both in teams and independently;
  • Have an analytical and methodological mindset;
  • Understand the nature of development programme work and what development results are;
  • Knowledge of results-based management;
  • Be a self-starter and work in a structured and organized way;
  • Advanced user in basic computer programmes (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher etc)

Required Skills and Experience

  • The intern must have completed university studies (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent) or be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme in International Relations, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, or similar study areas
  • Be enrolled in a graduate-school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.


  • Applicants to the  internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
  • 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 (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is a distinct advantage

United Nations Considerations:

  • The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8).
  • Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position.
  • The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.
  • Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women

Application Closing Date
4th March 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

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