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VAGA : UNIOGBIS – Programme Support Intern, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guinea-Bissau
  • País: Guinea-Bissau
  • Criado: 30/07/2019 22:04
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Programme Support 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 Affairs 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 national stability and peacebuilding processes.


Guinea Bissau is a country which has experienced a recurring political and institutional instability since its independence in 1973. The Guinea-Bissau’s peacebuilding context reveals that there is a persisting lack of readiness to engage in constructive dialogue, which represents a prominent factor driving subsequent crisis.

Within the framework of the project “Support to political dialogue and national reconciliation in Guinea-Bissau”, implemented by the UNIOGBIS and funded by the Peacebuilding Fund

(PBF), the UNIOGBIS/Gender Unit have focused on providing needed support to existing national actors, to exert their role as drivers of change and catalysers of dialogue, thereby triggering innovative and positive socio-political dynamics. Gender Affairs Unit supported the establishment of women’s peacebuilding networks, and institutionalised a coordination structure, the Guinean Women’s Council of Facilitators of Dialogue (GWC). Two national Forums of Women and Girls for Peace were organized within this project representing major achievements that brought together women from across the country to discuss pressing issues affecting the consolidation of peace in Guinea-Bissau.

The events contributed to consolidate and legitimize the Council as a nationally grown women’s peacebuilding network before legislative election were held in March 19, as well as bring the voices of vulnerable and marginalized groups from the countryside right to decision makers in the capital, by building pressure for politicians to overcome the political stalemate.

Supporting the Women’s Council in organizing and maintaining the ownership and leadership of national and regional forums for peace has stimulated democratization and women’s participation nationwide. Women took part in the forums, regardless of their educational, economic and social backgrounds, have been given the chance to take the floor in different stages all over the country, and their voices have been heard and conveyed in appropriate forms at political level. A key member of the Council is the Women Mediators Network, active at the local level for conflict early warning, prevention and resolution, which the PBF and Gender Unit are also supporting.

Gender Affairs Unit wants to expand the initiatives of the Council into local areas to promote local-level dialogue and women’s engagement in the public arena. It also looks to achieve the implementation of the Forum Recommendations in the three following areas: socio-political participation, legal rights and economic opportunities.

The intern will support national authorities and local partners, primarily the Ministry of Women, the GWC, and women mediators, in rolling out sensitisation, information and organisational activities in the regions and local districts with the aim of increasing social cohesion, fostering inclusive political dialogue and mobilising women’s groups, rural associations, CBOs and the local civil society around an agenda for peace and promotion of stability from the grassroots.

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.

  • Support planning and organising structured activities for women’s and other stakeholders dialogue;
  • Contribute to GU support to local level conflict mediation;
  • Assist authorities and national/regional women’s organisations in advancing the implementation of the Recommendations of the Women and Girls Forum for Peace 2019;
  • Assist in activities related to women’s participation in elections;
  • Support communications, especially social media activities;
  • Contribute to designing brochures and advocacy products;
  • Contribute to the substantive and logistics preparation of meetings, training sessions and presentations and international workshops and events;
  • Support in drafting minutes on meetings attended during the period of the internship;
  • Assist in the review, analysis of reports and other relevant materials;
  • Support in the analysis of data on program implementation and delivery;
  • Drafting of briefings and providing background information on women’s activities in the country;
  • Develop e-filling of documents;
  • Strengthen knowledge management and information sharing across project by collecting, analysing and sharing key lessons, promising practices, and key documents as well as by creating shared folders;
  • Support the development of new programs and projects;
  • Performing other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Awareness of Gender Issues
  • Accountability and strong reliability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Proactivity and extremely dynamic
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive collaboration and outstanding team player
  • Stakeholder engagement and results oriented
  • Adaptable to field conditions
  • Tolerant and flexible
  • Embraces diversity
  • Good organisational and practical skills
  • Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;

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 same 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 Sciences, Human Rights, Mediation and Conflict 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 women and minorities is highly desirable;
  • Experience working with civil society organizations, NGO’s and development partners is an asset.
  • Knowledge of peace and conflict issues, national dialogue processes is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Guinea Bissau and/or Western Africa region is desirable.


The work is basically bilingual and very good working knowledge of Portuguese and English or French, is required. Knowledge of Bissau-Guinean creole will be an advantage.

Learning Elements:

  • Increased understanding of UN Special Political Mission’s work and the UN system.
  • Better understanding of women’s engagement in public areas, political participation and dialogue facilitation in Guinea-Bissau.
  • Field experience
  • Learning different aspects of project implementation and operationalization 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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