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VAGA : UNIOGBIS – Programme Planning Support / Transition Intern, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guinea-Bissau
  • País: Guinea-Bissau
  • Criado: 30/07/2019 21:48
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Programme Planning Support / Transition Intern

Deadline Date: Monday, 12 August 2019

The position is integrated into United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)/Gender Affairs Unit.

UNIOGBIS mandate

Gender Unit is tasked with advising the Mission to ensure the mainstreaming of gender considerations in all aspects of the peace process, and supporting women and girls to articulate their agenda and take an active role in the stability and peacebuilding processes.


Gender mainstreaming is a mandatory strategy and goal for all the major areas of the work of the United Nations. The Security Council resolution 1325, adopted in October 2000, outlines the importance of integrating gender perspectives and promoting women’s participation in all aspects of security, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Specific mandates also ensure that gender perspectives are taken into account in the major planning processes and documents within the United Nations.

UNIOGBIS is envisaging its future closing, by the end of 2020, at the same time the UN Country Team would remain in Guinea Bissau and be imbued with enhanced capacity to carry out its mandate for development and delivery on national peacebuilding priorities as envisaged in the next UNSDCF (UNDAF). For a successful transition process the Mission will fully engage with UNCT, the government and local and international partners. An Integrated Transition Task Team (ITTT) has been created, chaired by the Resident Coordinator with the participation of Heads of Agencies and UNIOGBIS sections, including Gender Unit.

Therefore, Gender Affairs Unit is planning transition of key tasks and responsibilities to national authorities, women’s civil society and national partners and to the UN Country Team AFP. Gender Affairs Unit intends to identify key gender issues and peace priorities and recommend strategies to ensure the full implementation of the women peace and security (WPS) agenda, and address barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Guinea-Bissau, after its closure. Programmatic strategies need to be put in place to address constraints and opportunities to narrow gender gaps and support greater equality between women and men, and better integration of gender as part of the process of institution building in Guinea-Bissau. The need for women’s views to be incorporated across all aspects of the peace process seems crucial for the peace and stability of the country.

The intern will contribute to data collection, analysis of documentation, summary reviews and compiling of briefs and reports, to support the production of funding proposals, project development and overall approaches to transition.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Gender Affairs Unit and in close collaboration with Mission staff and international consultants, the intern will provide the support to the following key tasks in the areas of women’s empowerment, political participation, and policy and dialogue facilitation.

A work plan with achievements for the duration of the internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon commencement of the internship.

  • Assist and contribute in the collection of data, analysis of documentation and summary reviews;
  • Assist and follow up on decisions, reports and minutes issued by the ITTT and contribute to the Unit’s work with UN agencies colleagues, for the identification of joint programme issues
  • Assist on the compilation of briefs and reports to support the production of funding proposals, project development and overall approaches of transition;
  • Support to manage stakeholders expectations and participate in communication activities to inform stakeholders of progress and issues;
  • Provide support in maintaining relations with Gender Unit’s project partners;
  • Collaborate to seek and identify additional partnership opportunities, also by preparing briefings and presentations in support of dissemination and mobilization to advance the project goals;
  • Assist to mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN collaborating agencies, and other relevant international and national organizations and donors (NGOS, the EU, Embassies) to advance and support the transition of gender mainstreaming and WPS responsibilities;
  • Assist to propose collaboration with relevant Government bodies by working closely with Government counterparts and national partners;
  • Support the establishment of strong ties to and with national programmes, and other relevant stakeholders;


  • Awareness of Gender Issues
  • Accountability

· Analysis and attention to detail

  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Capacity to work independently
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive collaboration and team work
  • Capacity to liaise with other offices and agencies
  • Punctuality and results oriented
  • Adaptable to field conditions
  • Tolerant and flexible
  • Embraces diversity
  • Very good organisational skills
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver.

Required Skills and Experience


To qualify for the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  • 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 and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
  • Applicants should be pursuing/have completed academic studies in Gender, Social Science, Management, Human Rights, or other similar subject at the university level.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.


No professional work experience is required for participation in the Internship Programme, however, additional experience will be an asset/desirable:

  • Experience working with civil society organizations, NGO’s and development partners, is desirable;
  • Experience in fund raising, donor relations, project design, programme management or producing application is a strong asset;
  • Experience in producing reports, project summaries, proposals and donor reports is highly desirable;
  • Experience on women’s empowerment and gender equality is an asset.


The work will be mainly carried out in English and excellent knowledge of written English is required. Portuguese and/or French will be an asset.

Learning Elements:

  • Increased understanding of UN Special Political Mission’s work and the UN system.
  • Better understanding of the gender equality and women’s rights in Guinea-Bissau.
  • Field experience
  • Learning different aspects of project management, implementation, knowledge management and operationalisation of results.

Organization Setting and Reporting:

The internship is located in the Gender Affairs Unit/UNIOGBIS, in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

The internship is unpaid and full-time. Interns are not staff members of the Organizations and do not represent it in any capacity.

Interns work five days per week (35 hours).

UNIOGBIS will grant:

  • Access to office space, equipment, IT support and any other systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment;
  • Inclusion of the intern in emergency procedures such as evacuations;
  • DSA for official travel, when applicable;

Application Information:

  • Interested candidates should apply by providing their curriculum and a short motivation letter (includes the dates of availability for the internship – start and end date).
  • Interested candidates should fill in Personal History Profile in Inspira or send their CV and a short motivation letter, plus all the other requested documentation, to: (e-mail:****)
  • UNIOGBIS will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
  • Selected applicant, before starting the internship must provide the internship application, two letters of recommendation, a proof of school enrolment or any other relevant certificate, a proof of health insurance and a valid passport.

If you are interested in this internship, please send your complete application no later than 12th August 2019.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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