The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to resources, knowledge, and experience to help people build a better life. UNDP is one of the world’s largest multilateral development agencies. It works in some 170 countries and territories to help eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities.
Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of the UNDP's approach to achieving its core vision. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of the UNDP's development mandate. The UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 which details how it works towards gender equality.
The Gender Team of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is the institutional anchor of the UNDP’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2011, the Gender Team launched the Gender Equality Seal initiative. The Gender Equality Seal for UNDP Country Offices promotes an organizational culture of equality and incentivizes country offices to meet standards, by integrating gender into all aspects of development work. It is the UNDP’s flagship initiative to build capacities and support transformational gender equality results. The Seal serves as a learning platform to help Country Offices establish baselines, fine-tune strategies, address gender gaps, document innovations and highlight the impacts of interventions for gender equality.
Gender and human rights are cross cutting issues that are incorporated in the work at the UNDP Jamaica Country Office (CO). This is guided by the Country Programme Document (CPD) 2022-2026. The Jamaica Country Office sees gender equality and women's empowerment not only as human rights, but also as a pathway to achieving sustainable development. Our goal is to ensure that men and women have an equal say in all governance institutions, as well as in the private sector and civil society; so, they can participate equally in public dialogue and decision making. One way to achieve this is through the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal at the Country Office.
The UNDP Jamaica Country Office is seeking a Gender Equality Intern to support the implementation of the Gender Equality Seal Programme. The intern will work closely with UNDP’s Gender Focal Point and Programme Team.
Support the overall implementation of the Gender Equality Seal programme
- Assists with the revision of the UNDP Jamaica Country Office Gender Equality Strategy.
- Supports the completion of a gender analysis of all project documents to ensure initiatives are gender-responsive and/or gender transformative.
- Assists in monitoring and assessing Country Office's progress on the Gender Equality Seal, including tracking, and updating UNDP Jamaica Country Office Action Plan.
Support in research and document preparation and development
- Compiles and summarizes data, information, and news on subject matter relevant to the work of the office.
- Undertakes desk reviews to support the preparation of gender responsive and/or gender transformative project documents.
- Supports general document management by drafting, receiving, filing, and preparing documents.
- Supports development of materials for presentations, including PowerPoints and talking points.
- Assists with proofreading of documents (letters, presentations, concept notes and other texts).
The hybrid (in person and home-based) assignment will be conducted full-time (40 hours per week) from July 2022 to October 2022 at the UNDP Jamaica Multi-Country Office.
Event Management and Logistics Arrangements
- Assists with organizing meetings and workshops, e.g. following up with attendees, supporting in event set-up.
- Attends workshops and meetings and take notes, as necessary.
- Other relevant tasks as deemed necessary by the supervisor.
- Strong organizational, time management and communication skills; attention to details and proven ability to work independently and with a team, against tight deadlines.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills; ability to draft short memos and conduct presentations.
- Integrity and impartiality, ability to work with local community, stakeholders, and colleagues of various origins.
- Proven research, presentation, reporting and writing skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong service and team-work orientation, cultural sensitivity, and ability to work in a fast-paced multi-national environment.
- Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to learning.
- Commitment to UNDP vision, mission, values, and knowledge of UN work environment is an advantage.
- Results driven, able to meet targets/deadlines.
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
- Demonstrates creative thinking.
- Takes initiative, under minimal supervision.
- The Intern must have studied in field of Gender, Women Studies or other related areas and must meet one of the following requirements:
- Experience with Microsoft Office Package (Word, Excel, and others) as well as experience in handling web-based applications.
- Knowledge and experience working on gender equality and women’s rights in the context of development.
- Knowledge and experience in gender mainstreaming and community development.
- Knowledge on participatory gender analysis; collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis.
- Fluent in written and oral communication skills in English; competency in other UN languages is a strong asset.
- As of 1 January 2020, Interns may be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy, if it is 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. The stipend will be paid monthly, and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
- Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. The UNDP accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.
- Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes.
- The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
- Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in UNDP during the period of the internship.
- Interns are not staff members and may not represent UNDP in any official capacity.
- The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with UNDP, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
- The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract.
UNDP 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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Contract Duration: 3 months