United Nations Foundation

Intern, Family Planning 2020

Women, Girls & Population


The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.


Campaign Overview

At the July 2012 Family Planning summit in London, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), national governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, the research and development community, and others from across the world came together to support the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they would have. The Summit called for unprecedented global political commitments and resources from implementing governments and pledges of US$2.6 billion from donors that will enable 120 million more women and girls to access contraceptives by 2020. Reaching this goal could save the lives of more than 200,000 women and girls in pregnancy and childbirth and nearly 3 million infants in their first year of life.

A key outcome of the Summit was the development of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). FP2020 was created to support the achievement of the overall Summit goal and the individual commitments made by enhancing the work already being done. Led by a 23-member Reference Group, guided in-country through our Focal Points, and operated daily by a Secretariat hosted by the UN Foundation, FP2020 strives to advance access to family planning information, services and contraceptives under the guiding principles of rights, quality, equity, and voluntarism.

Working Relationships

This position will report to the Senior Leadership Coordinator, under the guidance of the Chief of Staff.


  • Assist the FP2020 team in core administrative duties, including sending weekly team updates, tracking visitors, and other related tasks.
  • Assist the FP2020 team in conducting research and writing to contribute to various team projects.
    Support the FP2020 Communications Team in tracking family planning and reproductive health news, events and updates.
  • Learn administrative and operational aspects of team functionality in a fast-paced work environment, including: financial reporting, team logistical organization and programmatic execution.
  • Assist with a small grants program by reviewing applications from partner countries.
  • Gain exposure to the larger family planning and reproductive health community in Washington, DC and abroad.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
  • Candidate is ideally expected to commit to a full-time, 40 hour per week schedule, though we are able to accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Outlook and Google Apps.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • Background in international development and/or communications preferred.

Benefits & Compensation

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid full and part-time internships. The FP2020 Intern should be willing to start no later than January 15, 2018.


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