Spotlight Programming support Intern within the Technical Unit

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Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline : 28-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 9d 21h 30m
Type of Contract : Internship
Post Level : Intern
Languages Required :
English
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
10-Nov-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 6 months
Background
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.

In 2017, the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) launched a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative provides a model for partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the SDGs in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise. The initiative places Goal 5 at the center of efforts (as well as Goal 16) with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals.

Women and girls are exposed a wider range of discriminations and to intersecting forms of violence regardless of where they live. The Spotlight Initiative will take this into account and but also focus its work at regional level according to regional contexts, where specific forms of violence are most prevalent, and/or where existing structures/momentum will enable rapid and efficient scale-up of activities. At this stage, programming is well underway in Africa and Latin America. Implementation is being initiated in the Caribbean and Pacific, and Spotlight will soon start programming in Central Asia.

The modality for delivery of the Spotlight Initiative is through a UN multi-stakeholder trust fund, administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF), with the support of relevant UN agencies (particularly UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA as well as UNICEF). The initiative is overseen by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General (EOSG). All relevant entities will be engaged at country and regional levels based on their respective mandates, capacities and strengths.

The Initiative is supported by a Secretariat to ensure coherence, alignment, quality, and strong technical support for a programme of this size with regional specificities. The Spotlight Secretariat’s technical unit is specifically accountable for the technical quality and coherence of the Initiative. It responds to requests from the Initiative’s Strategic and Operational Committee for support and assistance to: provide key technical support and guidance in development of country programmes: collaborate with and provide support to technical officers of UN Agencies at country and regional levels to guarantee the technical quality and coherence of the Initiative, regularly brief and consult all relevant UN Agencies, serve as a liaison to civil society at the global level to build partnerships and ensure inclusion, ensure timely deployment of technical capacity to country programmes as needed, initiate and support regional programming where there is no regional structure, make the linkages between programming and policy outputs, provide on-going monitoring support for quality assurance, coordinate the evaluation of programmes, and ensure public information, communication and visibility for the Initiative and Conduct analysis and management of the Initiative’s knowledge.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Initiative is supported by a Secretariat to ensure coherence, alignment, quality, and strong technical support for a programme of this size with regional specificities. The Spotlight Secretariat’s technical unit is specifically accountable for the technical quality and coherence of the Initiative. It responds to requests from the Initiative’s Strategic and Operational Committee for support and assistance to: provide key technical support and guidance in development of country programmes: collaborate with and provide support to technical officers of UN Agencies at country and regional levels to guarantee the technical quality and coherence of the Initiative, regularly brief and consult all relevant UN Agencies, serve as a liaison to civil society at the global level to build partnerships and ensure inclusion, ensure timely deployment of technical capacity to country programmes as needed, initiate and support regional programming where there is no regional structure, make the linkages between programming and policy outputs, provide on-going monitoring support for quality assurance, coordinate the evaluation of programmes, and ensure public information, communication and visibility for the Initiative and Conduct analysis and management of the Initiative’s knowledge.

Under the guidance and direction of the Senior Technical Advisor, the Programming support and Communication intern will be responsible to assist the Technical unit in all ongoing programming processes as well as for internal and external communication activities.

More specifically, the key tasks of the intern will include:

Programming Support

  • Support the Technical Unit throughout the reporting process (country annual reports and global reports)
  • Provide research, documentation and technical support throughout country and regional  programme implementation in Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific
  • In charge of drafting research notes on a series of programming and technical topics linked to EVAW
  • Explore innovative approaches that support/streamline the implementation of the Spotlight evaluation strategy as well as the online Results Management System
  • Provide support to Civil Society engagement in Spotlight
  • Support the Technical Unit in the analysis and consolidation of technical recommendations and strategic guidance on all forms of VAWG, HP and SRHR
  • Keep abreast of developments in the area of EVAWG/HP, exploring innovative approaches
  • Identify areas for promoting new knowledge and innovation that can support countries with implementing Spotlight programmes.

Knowledge Management

  • In close collaboration with the Initiative’s Capacity Development and Knowledge Management Specialist and Communication Specialist, support with the management of a data base and knowledge platform for the identification, collection, and dissemination to the Initiative’s programme teams and relevant stakeholders’ best practices and lessons learned on EVAWG/HP policies and programming
  • Support the development of the Initiative’s knowledge products, including guidance notes, recommendations and technical webinars
  • Support the Technical Unit in efforts to disseminate lessons-learned and good practices outside of the Spotlight Initiative, especially linked to the context of COVID-19
  • Coordinate and Contribute to the active exchange of information with the Spotlight Initiative’s programme teams
  • Minute meetings and maintain records within Spotlight Virtual Library; contribute to ensuring internal and external Library folders are up to date.

Communication

  • Support the Communication team in visibility and external communication efforts, including through the organization of Spotlight public events.
  • Participate in composing the Spotlight monthly newsletter
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as and when requested by supervisor.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the UN system, the UNDS reform principles and of the UN’s work on gender equality and ending violence against women and girls;
  • Increase knowledge of women’s rights, gender equality and the prevention of sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women;
  • Work as a team member in a multicultural setting.
Competencies
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 at https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to conduct in-depth analysis
  • Strong sense of accountability and commitment
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines, communicate workload with supervision and understand when to escalate potential issues.
Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: political science, public policy, gender studies, social sciences or other relevant subjects is required.
  • 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation, 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.

Language:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage (especially French and Spanish)

Renumeration:

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:

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • 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).

Note:

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.

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