WPS Intern

UNDP Careers

Job Description

The Position:

UNFPA invests in the area of gender equality and prevention of violence against women, in line with its mandate, and strives to achieve changes at three levels: improved services and protections for survivors of violence; raised public awareness and conducive norms and values to support true equity between men and women; and transformed values and norms that drive perpetrators to commit violence against women. In addition, UNFPA also invests efforts into promoting the agenda of Women, Peace and Security, and within it – aspects related to provision of support to survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV). This segment is tackled through supporting and expanding governments’ capacities to provide care and support to survivors, including their families and communities (reduction of stigmatization). UNFPA BIH is also strongly promoting women economic empowerment and promotion of gender equality in society through Gender Responsive Family Friendly Policies (GRFFP).

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; the successful candidate has to be transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

A work plan with achievements for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon. Regular meetings with Intern and close contact via email, discussing processes and work related outcomes will lead to a beneficial environment for the Intern.

Internship assignments vary in length according to the academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of the organization. This internship assignment lasts three months, but may be extended up to a maximum of nine months if the intern can demonstrate that it will award them an educational credit for a course.

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’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Tasks And Responsibilities

UNFPA is seeking candidates keen on learning and working in a team environment to deliver sustainable results.

In Details, The Intern Will

  • Collaborate within WPS programme team members in order to facilitate tasks and solutions to achieve a common aim;
  • Support in collecting documents and update of database of the WPS program activities;
  • Support the WPS team in writing project proposals;
  • Assist in preparation of WPS programme related materials, in coordination with programme team;
  • Provide logistic support to organizing and holding meetings, workshops, events
  • Assists in taking meeting minutes, preparation of presentations; translation
  • Support events setup in UN House or other venues (conference rooms booking, technical equipment checkup, organizing refreshment, registration of participants, print agenda, signup sheets, name tags etc.)
  • Support to any ad hoc activities related to the WPS unit agenda.

Qualifications And Experience

Applicants to the internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and have completed one full academic year;
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as master’s programme or higher);
  • Have recently graduated with a university degree as defined above and, if selected, must start the internship within one-year of graduation; or
  • Be enrolled in a postgraduate professional trainee programme and undertake the internship as part of this programme.

Additional qualifications and experiences requested for the internship position include:

  • Economics and business related Bachelor Degree preferred
  • Fluency in English and BHS is required
  • Demonstrate interest in the field of development;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations with individuals of different cultural backgrounds.

Learning Elements

Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern should have gained:

  • Increased understanding of the UN system;
  • Understanding of the UNFPA core mandate and policies;
  • Understanding of the dynamics of collaboration with Government and stakeholders;
  • Stronger organizational skills for high level conversations/meetings/events;
  • Improved writing and communication skills;
  • Networking with colleagues and public health actors collaborating on UNFPA mandate;
  • Work as a team member in a dynamic environment.

Financial Aspects

If you are not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government, foundation or scholarship programme, a stipend intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station will be paid. The amount of the stipend is determined for each duty station and will be paid on a monthly basis.

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA’s workforce – click here to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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