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Internship in Gender Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings

United Nations Population Fund UNFPA

Internship in Gender Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA partners with governments, other United Nations agencies, communities, NGOs, foundations and the private sector to raise awareness and mobilize the support and resources to achieve its mission. The Geneva Office is active in intergovernmental and interagency relations in the areas of health, human rights, and humanitarian affairs.

The Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) is a functional component of the Protection Cluster, and is the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on GBV prevention and response in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics, and others under the shared objectives of more predictable, accountable and effective GBV prevention and response in emergencies. The GBV AoR also works to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

The internship will support the GBV AOR coordination team in Geneva in building its capacity to respond to country needs, and prepare for the upcoming strategy meeting. Initially co-chaired by UNICEF and UNFPA, the GBV AoR leadership is being transitioned to sole UNFPA leadership following a governance review in 2016. The internship will also support ongoing communication with AOR member and the field sub-clusters.

The UNFPA Geneva Office is currently seeking an intern, to start early January 2017/ beginning May 2017.

Under the direct supervision of the GBV AoR of Responsibility (AoR) Coordinator of the UNFPA Office in Geneva, the GBV AoR Intern will:

- Assist in the GBV AoR's work to lead and coordinate GBViE prevention and response activities globally, regionally and locally, including interaction with relevant Government, UN and NGO partners as required.
- Assist the GBV AoR in providing coordination, logistics and other support requested for internal and external GBV AoR meetings including; the GBV AoR monthly membership call, bi-monthly REGA Calls.
- Assist in research and analysis to formulate concept notes, background papers, briefing notes, presentations, policy papers, press releases, public information material, project revisions and new proposals in the field of gender-based violence, within the framework of relevant United Nations conventions.
- Assist the GBV AoR's contributions to relevant Interagency Task Forces, working groups and mechanisms.
- Assist with the preparation and implementation of briefings, advocacy events, meetings, conferences and retreats such as the 2017 GBV AoR Strategy Meeting, and monthly GBV AoR membership calls.
- Assist in the development and management of a new GBV AoR website, keeping it updated and developing this into a key communications tool.
- Assist with help-desk services, in particular on linking sub-cluster coordinators and resources.
- Other activities and functions as assigned by the GBV AoR Coordinator.

Candidates should be enrolled in an advanced degree programme in women's rights, social sciences, international relations, law or similar subjects and show a strong interest in the field of human rights related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Candidates should be fluent in English. Fluency in French is strongly desirable.


  •  Understanding of humanitarian coordination structures and main concepts related to GBV prevention and response, including rights based and survivor centered approaches.
  • Technical – Very good analytical skills and ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts (see also communication below)
  •  IT – very good computer skills, social media and effective management of communication.
  •  Managing resources - Organizes and manages information to achieve defined goals and optimum results.
  • Communication - Effectively presents thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts, in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner, both verbally and in writing. Listens to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
  • Flexibility - Works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapts to changing demands and circumstances.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – able to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently

Location of internship: UNFPA
International Environment House
Chemin des Anémones, 11-13
1219 Châtelaine/Geneva

Length of internship: minimum 4-6 months

Please note that UNFPA Interns do not receive a salary or any other form of remuneration from UNFPA.

Applications (letter, detailed CV) in English should be sent via email by 10 December 2016 to: