Intern (multiple positions) - Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan

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KZ Home-based; Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Application deadline 1 year ago: Friday 26 Mar 2021 at 23:59 UTC

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The Spotlight Initiative (SI) is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.

Funded by the European Union, the initiative responds to all forms of violence against women and girls. The particular focus is on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.

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Under Project Officers’ oversight and supervision, the Intern provides support to the effective management of SI components managed by UN Women in the Spotlight Initiative regional programme day-to-day implementation of activities. In this context, the Intern provides communication and/or knowledge-management support to the project in compliance with the Programme Document and appropriate policies and procedures. The Intern collaborates with the other Spotlight Initiative Project team hired under the same project. The Intern assists in the day-to-day implementation and operational support to ensure timely and efficient support to programme-related activities.

Project Information

Funded by the European Union and managed from Kazakhstan (Almaty) in cooperation with all participating countries, the Spotlight Initiative (SI) regional programme for Central Asia will harness the collective expertise, experiences challenges and energy of gender equality advocates from the five Central Asian countries as well as Afghanistan. This will be done to advance legislative reform, policy dialogue and advocacy, technical assistance in the adaptation of most effective measures to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and social norm change necessary to prevent and respond to SGBV and harmful practices such as bride kidnapping, child, early and forced marriage.

Mobilizing the UN country teams (UNCTs) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and partnership with Afghanistan, the SI seeks to fill a strong vacuum in the region.

Namely, there is no Central Asian consensus around SGBV and the lack of any institutional forum to generate such an agreement. Through collective thinking and collective advocacy, governments, parliamentarians, civil society, human rights and women's activists, survivors, and women from marginalized groups will develop Central Asia-specific models for legislative, policy and institutional reforms. These Central Asia-specific models will be grounded in the international norms and standards guiding work on SGBV, including the CEDAW and the Council of Europe (CoE) 's Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – also known as the Istanbul Convention. The Models will also reflect the importance of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including the cost – to ensure prevention and response to SGBV is robust

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities

  • Communication support, including drafting press-releases and media advisory, concept notes, communication strategy for project components and events, social media support, development of social media content, including development of visuals and web design;
  • Support with media relations, and organization of press briefings. Drafting talking points and key messages on the programme;
  • Development of knowledge management plan for the UN Women lead components of the regional programme, including sourcing and filing of relevant knowledge materials in the EVAWG and SGBV sphere;
  • Design and layout of the project knowledge and information materials (briefs, policy papers, presentations, etc);
  • Identify capacity building needs of the team and key partners, and propose learning plan, including relevant knowledge materials and databases;
  • Provide support to the team for the SI knowledge management, it can include but not limited to collecting data from all the SI pillars teams, sharing information with stakeholders in the region, storing information for the virtual platform, etc.;
  • Draft quarterly newsletters (featuring key people/champions, programme updates and data from the region);
  • Produce and review various communications products produced by the SI;
  • Draft human change stories within the SI Programme requirements;
  • Prepare multimedia content, including photo and video materials within and in line with the Spotlight initiative Regional Programme and branding guidelines;
  • Drafting correspondence, notes, documents, reports, preparing required contracts, keeps the necessary flow of correspondence.

Learning and development:

  • Interns have access to UN Women's online learning system and no-cost internal training such as workshops, seminars and brown bags.
  • Interns are encouraged to develop new ideas and initiatives for possible implementation during their tenure.
  • Interns are required to complete UN Women's mandatory courses within the first month of their assignment. The courses are available through the online learning management platform (link).
  • Interns are encouraged to organize and participate in social activities to ensure healthy workplace engagement and relations.



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:

  • Excellent organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, work flexibly and meet tight deadlines;
  • Attention to details and proven ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision;
  • Networking skills to engage with key internal and external partners;
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office

Required Skills and Experience



  • University studies in one of the following disciplines: Communications, Journalism and Media, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Management, Design, IT 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 one year 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.


  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English andr Russian/Kazakh. Knowledge of language/s of Central Asia and Afghanistan is an asset.


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, we can ONLY contact successful candidates.
  • Successful candidate will be required to provide proof of enrollment in a valid health insurance plan, proof of school enrollment or degree, a scanned copy oftheir passport/national ID and a copy of a valid visa (as applicable).

Note: In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality, and Women's Empowerment. UN Women's creation came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for a more significant 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.

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