GBV Intern for Women and Girls Safe Spaces Guidance Support

United Nations Population Fund

Job title: GBV Intern, PSU, Humanitarian Response Division, Geneva
Full/Part time: 100% (can be adapted to part time for the right candidate)

Duration: 6 months with immediate start

How You Can Make a Difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands choices and possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. Our work is derived from the ICPD Programme of Action; that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections and no one should be left behind in the fulfillment of their fundamental human rights. In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical leaders, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2024) focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

Creating safe spaces for women and girls is a critical part of GBV programming. A women’s and girls’ safe space (WGSS) is an intervention that GBV programme actors in humanitarian programming, have used for decades as an entry point for women and girls to report protection concerns, express their needs, receive services, engage in empowerment activities and connect with the community. For over 25 years, UNFPA has promoted Women’s and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) where millions of women, girls and GBV survivors could be free from harm; access care, services and information; and gain skills empowering them to make choices to advance their own safety and well-being. From supporting approximately 400 Women’s and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) in 2015, UNFPA supported over a thousand in 2022. The establishment of and services offered in WGSS has taken different forms in different contexts, based on Country Offices (COs) capacities, and perceived needs, gaps, opportunities and resources. UNFPA is committed to sustain Women’s and Girls’ Safe Spaces (WGSS) as a core protection, empowerment, and gender-transformative intervention. UNFPA has also made a clear commitment in the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies, to invest in gender-transformative work in WGSS.

Services and activities offered in the Women and Girls Safe Spaces (WGSS) vary depending on context, women’s and girls’ preferences, the safe space modality (static, mobile, virtual). Although specific WGSS interventions may include different services and activities, all should work towards the five standard objectives as articulated in the Inter-Agency GBViE Minimum Standards and the Women and Girls Safe Spaces: A Toolkit for Advancing Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Humanitarian Settings (IRC and IMC, 2020).

Job Purpose:

The intern will support the GBV team in the Program Support Unit (PSU) at the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD) in Geneva.

The focus will be on supporting the creation of UNFPA guidance documents and elearning products about the Women and Girls Safe Spaces.

You Would be Responsible For:

  • Support the drafting, review and graphic design of the WGSS Mapping report
  • Support the graphic design of five Guidance documents on WGSS
  • Support and coordinate the translation and the technical review of the learning products, guidance documents on WGSS
  • Administrative and IT support to PSU online training and webinars: invitation, briefing of participants on online tools, IT/learning platform troubleshooting during the online session, webinar reports
  • Support the alignment of elearning training tools in different languages: translations, organization of material, proofreading, updating
  • Support knowledge management of WGSS and other related resources
  • Support preparation and organization of HRD webinars on GBV and WGSS
  • Support any other required work of the GBV team of the Program Support Unit and the GBViE Specialist and the Head of PSU.

Your Education

  • Currently enrolled in the final year of bachelor programme, an advanced degree programme or recently graduated, in Social Science, Gender, Public Health or related subjects

Your Experience

  • Fluent English
  • Fluent in one of the following official UN languages: French, Arabic or Spanish is an advantage.
  • Previous experience in the area of Gender or Gender-based Violence is an asset, particularly when related to humanitarian settings
  • Previous experience in organizing webinars and online event and related troubleshooting and use of tools
  • Excellent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Points and preferably good use of graphic design softwares (i.e. Canva or other).

Your Competencies:

  • Good organizational skill
  • Initiative and resourcefulness
  • Good communication skills
  • IT skills, including setting up websites, zoom meetings etc, and social media skills are an asset
  • Ability to live by the core values of the UN: integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

At the end of the 6-month assignment a mid-year report will summarize the webinars and the products supported and or organized by the GBV team on PSU.

Learning Elements:

Upon completion of the assignment, the Intern should be able to:

  1. Increased understanding of the UNFPA programming in humanitarian settings though interaction with members of the Humanitarian Office, specifically the response and technical support unit, of UNFPA
  2. Understand the UNFPA mandate, especially UNFPA role and responsibilities in humanitarian settings
  3. Learn UN technical language, working procedures, and coordination mechanisms
  4. Networking with UNFPA staff members as part of the internship
  5. Work as a team member in a multicultural setting

Financial Aspects:

Interns receive a stipend in line with UNFPA policy. For an internship in Geneva, a stipend of 923 CHF/months applies. The costs associated with an intern’s participation in the programme must be assumed either by the nominating institution, which may provide the required financial assistance to its students, or by the students themselves, who will have to meet living expenses as well as make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel and other requirements. In addition, applicants must have medical insurance for the duration of the internship. Proof of insurance will need to be submitted before the internship begins.


Before starting the Internship the candidate should finalize the following eLearning

Managing Gender-based Violence Programmes in Emergencies


UNFPA 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.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. You are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline

How to apply

Please send your application and a short letter of motivation with “GBV Intern” quoted
in the subject line to [email protected] by 17 April 2024.
Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advanced to the
next stage of the selection process.

Deadline: 17 Apr 2024