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Internship UN Women

Internship Title: Liaison Office Intern
Unit Name: Brussels Liaison Office
Division Name: Strategic Partnership Division
Country and City of Internship Post: Belgium, Brussels
Expected Start Date: 10 September 2018 (flexible)
Expected End Date: 09 March 2019 (duration max. 6 months)
Deadline for application: Friday 24th of August 2108



UN Women 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.

UN Women Liaison Office in Brussels :

The objectives of UN Women Brussels Office are to build and strengthen cooperation and partnerships with the European Union and other Brussels based institutions. The office also engages in outreach, information, advocacy, representation and policy dialogue with member states, civil society and other partners.

Description of Responsibilities

Policy and Programme follow-up and analysis:

  • Assisting in monitoring and analysing socio-political developments in the EC/EU as well as selected donor countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands and Luxemburg) related to UN Women’s mandate.
  • Assisting in analysing potentials for developing partnerships with key stakeholders in Europe
  • Assisting in monitoring and analyzing EC financial policies, strategy papers and programmatic documents relevant to UN Women’s programmes (including monitoring preparations of new EU financial regulation, Multi-Annual Financial Framework).

Communication and outreach:

  • Assisting in drafting knowledge management tools
  • Assisting in planning and implementing outreach actions and events in Brussels and the countries covered by UN Women BO
  • Assisting with preparing, attending and reporting on meetings and events of the European Parliament, European Commission, Governments, civil society groups and UN agencies in Brussels
  • Provide support in other Brussels Office related duties as required, including support to preparing briefing notes

The intern will gain a first-hand knowledge of UN Women’s work in the context of the EU Institutions, including how the office builds and strengthens cooperation and partnerships with the institutions as well as how outreach, advocacy and policy dialogue is managed in this context.


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:

Functional Competencies:

• Expressed interest in development issues, including gender issues
• Expressed interest in European Union affairs
• Good computer knowledge (Microsoft Office software package)
• Strong analytical skills
• Ability to work independently as well as in teams
• Ability to adapt to new environments and to establish and maintain good working relations in a multicultural team and with a wide range of partners



  • Studies of Political Science/ European Studies /International Relations/Development Studies/ Communication or other similar subject at the university level.
  • 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.


• Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required; knowledge of French desirable


Interns are not financially remunerated by UN Women.

Application Information:

  • Please send (1) a UN Women Personal History Form (P11) or your resume and (2) a cover letter to the following email address: [email protected] (subject of the email: Internship Application 2018).
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Once selected and contacted by the hiring office, applicants will need to provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, proof of health insurance and school enrollment or graduation, passport, and visa (if applicable) along with an internship agreement form that will be provided to you.
  • Deadline for application: Friday 24th of August 2108.



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

UN Women Internship Policy:

1.) Applicants to the United Nations internship programme must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

2.) UN Women internship programme does not provide a salary or remuneration for the internship;

3.) All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the intern, sponsoring Government or institution;

4.) UN Women accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;

5.) The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed;

6.) Interns are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to positions in the professional and above category in UN WOMEN during the period of the internship or for six months immediately following the expiration date of internship;

7.) The intern must provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment, a scanned copy of his/her passport, two letters of recommendation, and application (as described above).


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