Refugee Response Programme Management Intern, Ankara, Turkey 265 views


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.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In line with UN Women Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021), and its Country Strategic Note (2019-2022), in Turkey UN Women works towards three overarching goals: 1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems.

2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence

3) Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners – central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change

UN Women in Turkey is working with national governments, UN agencies, local authorities and non-governmental organizations to empower Syrian women and girls under temporary protection – as well as other refugee women; and to improve their access to opportunities, rights and services, as required by international treaties and national legislation. In 2018 UN Women concluded an assessment in six cities to determine the needs of refugee women and girls, their challenges in accessing services and the areas that need improvement. The assessment helped inform two major flagship projects under UN Women’s Refugee Response Programme (RRP): ‘Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey’ and ‘Social and Economic Stabilization of Syrian Women and Adolescent Girls in Turkey’ UN Women’s Refugee Response Programme works through a multi-dimensional strategy that: i) enables women’s empowerment through addressing issues of economic vulnerability by increased access to recovery and livelihood opportunities, paired with comprehensive protection services, and ii) promotes a culture of peace and co-existence through supporting women to lead and engage in social cohesion and peaceful co-existence.

The main partners for programme implementation in Turkey are the Municipality of Gaziantep, South East Anatolia Poject Regional Development Administration, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Refugee Support Center (MUDEM) and Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). The programme offers a two-tier approach that combines livelihoods and referral support in Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Izmir with interventions aiming at increasing women’s participation in decision-making mechanisms and creating social cohesion between women and girls from refugee and host communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Refugee Response Programme Management Specialist and in close cooperation with the Refugee Response Programme Team, the intern will support the implementation of the RRP programme. The intern:

  • Supports preparations for RRP activities and events;
  • Provides support to organize meetings and keep files updated;
  • Works with implementing partners to monitor and evaluate progress;
  • Researches and prepares briefs/communication products on RRP;
  • Prepares analytical and advocacy materials to assist with the implementation of the mandate;
  • Compiles information from different sources and produces analytical synopses for internal and external purposes (including annual reporting);
  • Collects information and data to be used for preparation of briefing notes, talking points, and reports as required;
  • Contributes to data entry and database updating/revision of programme related documents;
  • Provides support on additional tasks and projects related to the Refugee Response Programme team or other programme teams in the office when required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire in depth knowledge about gender sensitive refugee response and UN Women’s Women, Peace and Security related interventions in Turkey,
  • Acquire familiarity with the themes under UN Women’s mandate,
  • Gain practical experience with regards to programme/project implementation,
  • Improve drafting, reporting and analytical skills,
  • Learn about the operational procedures of UN Women,

Acquire team work skills in an international environment.


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:

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing (in English), in a clear and concise manner;
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards other.
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and address competing priorities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, public administration, gender studies, political science, international development 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.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong computer skills with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Basic knowledge and experience in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming in the development and/or humanitarian context required.
  • Skills in using basic data analysis functions of Microsoft Excel to analyze quantitative data and to visualize data and findings.
  • Knowledge of results-based planning, monitoring, reporting and/or evaluation would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of gender-related programmes and initiatives at the global, regional or country level would be an asset.


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English are required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of local language is an advantage.


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 UN Women P.11 form with their application.
  • 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).


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.

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.

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