Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

The Young Women Leaders Programme is an opportunity for 10 young women from the global South to bring their voices, passion, and commitment to Gender Equality by learning and contributing across UN Women’s operations in New York City for one year.

Each UN Youth Volunteer under the Young Women Leaders Programme will work closely under the supervision of an experienced UN Women subject matter expert, to develop a work and learning plan.

A specific set of tasks mutually agreed upon between the Young Women Leader (YWL) and supervisor will be drawn from the following broad areas of work taking into consideration career aspirations, individual motivation, and organizational needs.

Candidates will be matched with one of the available positions in the area below based on their expression of particular interest.

Please find here a list of general functions and responsibilities that a YWL may be assigned. Based on the selected areas below in which the YWL will be working (as specified below), the supervisor and YWL will develop a more detailed description of the assignment

Project Management:

  • Provide inputs to, compile and analyze information related to project or initiative within area of interest
  • Monitor, coordinate and draft reports on activities
  • Raft new proposals or ideas

Policy development

  • Perform background research
  • Provide technical inputs to documents and policies

Knowledge management

  • Provide inputs to knowledge management products
  • Draft briefing notes and presentations
  • Gather and analyze data
  • Draft training materials and organize training sessions
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Administration and Operations

  • Develop templates and forms and gather inputs as needed
  • Maintain and databases
  • Respond to queries
  • Provide suggestions for business and operations improvements

Communication and Advocacy

  • Draft, provide input to and disseminate communication materials
  • Maintain and update webpages, intranet pages or other communication channels


  • Reach out to Regional Office and Country Office focal points as needed
  • Respond to queries from stakeholders
  • Participate in internal and external working groups

Candidates will be matched with one of the available positions in the areas below based on their expression of particular interest

The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division (PPID) provides global support to UN Women offices at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver results in support of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy and program advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. UN Women leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women provides Policy support in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), Humanitarian Action, Leadership and Governance, Peace and Security, and Research and Data

 Bachelor degree or equivalent

Bachelor’s degree (with two years of experience) or Master’s degree (with minimum one year of experience) in a related field is required:

  1. Administration –Business & Administration
  2. Communications & Advocacy –communications, public relations, journalism
  3. Partnership & Resource Mobilization –economics, business management, social sciences, public administration, international relations, communications, women’s studies
  4. Strategic Planning –international development or public administration, economics
  5. UN Coordination –international development, public administration, public policy, or other social science
  6. Policy Support – social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development
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 12 Months

Core Values and Guiding Principles

The UN Volunteer will adhere to the UN Women’s core values, integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, as well as its core competencies related to Awareness and Sensitivity regarding gender issues, accountability, creative problem solving, effective communication, inclusive collaboration, stakeholder engagement, leading by example.

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 apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’.

Application deadline: 25 January 2021

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for the Young Women Leaders Programme must be nationals of the Global South and no older than 29 years old throughout the entire duration of the assignment.

Applications from women with disabilities, LGBTQI, gender non-conforming individuals, and other marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply.


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