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Intern, Second Chance Education Programme


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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.  

Aligned with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme is a solution for women who have missed out on education. This project aims to develop context specific, affordable and scalable learning, entrepreneurship and employment pathways for empowering the most disadvantaged women. It offers women, their families, local communities and societies the benefits of access to educational services which are tailored not only to their needs as learners, but also to their future as earners. The SCE Programme achieves this through partnerships with implementing organizations on the ground. 

In its first phase (2018–2023), SCE is being piloted in six countries: Australia, Cameroon, Chile, India, Jordan, and Mexico, representing three different contexts: low and middle-income countries with pockets of exclusion, marginalization and poverty, including among indigenous groups; fragile and crisis countries with mass displacement and refugees; and a developed context with marginalized groups of refugee, migrant and indigenous women.  

SCE is now in a critical phase of resource mobilization and targeted communications work. It seeks the support of an intern in a range of tasks including website updating and management, support in the development of blended learning materials, production of communication assets and translation assistance across all those areas.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the SCE Programme Manager, the direct supervision of the Knowledge Management and Research Analyst and close collaboration with E-learning Specialist and the SCE team, the intern is expected to work on/contribute to the below assignments:

  • Regularly update the SCE e-portal with new content from country SCE programmes, especially participant stories, news items and videos, with the overall aim of keeping all the versions of the site (English, French, Spanish and Arabic) fresh and up to date
  • Support the production of online SCE foundational courses, including through review of drafts, translation assistance, image selection, testing of online courses, and checking the alignment between face-to-face and digital materials  
  • Undertake general support functions for communication and resource mobilization work such as editing subtitles, drafting and proofreading documents, preparing PowerPoint presentations, contribute to the graphic design of concept note and other documents and support the social media calendar
  • Carry out regular updates of the SCE data base to ensure it always contains the latest data points available around themes that are relevant to SCE
  • Provide any other support as advised by the supervisor.


Learning objectives:  

Strengthening skills and experience in:

  • Applying knowledge of gender and communications to website design and presentation of content for marginalized women who have missed out on education
  • Developing customizable blended learning materials and online courses targeted at marginalized women, in multiple languages
  • Conducting desk research and data analysis on topics including but not limited to gender and humanitarian action, adult learning and education, employment, women’s economic empowerment and others
  • Developing a professional network in an international, inter-agency environment
  • Working in a multicultural, international environment
  • Working as a team member and taking initiative.


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:

  • Website management skills (identifying new content, preparing and resizing images, editing text, reporting bugs)
  • Skills in online or blended learning (either as a producer or user)
  • Interest in improving the user experience of websites and online learning material  
  • Computer skills (word processing, excel, power point, internet search, etc.).

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: the social science or political science field, such as gender/women’s studies, sociology, international development studies, economics, political science, or other relevant subjects is required. 
  • Meet one of the following: 
  1. Be enrolled in a postgraduate degree programme (such as a master’s programme, or higher)
  2. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (such as bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  3. Be enrolled in a mandatory national service programme of which the internship may form a part
  4. Have recently graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must start the internship within two-years of graduation.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required
  • Fluency in one or more of UN language Spanish, French, Arabic is highly desirable



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:

  • All applicants must submit a completed and signed P.11 form with their application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, UN Women can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • The 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).  


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.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.  

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.  

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.  All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)  

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