The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) is using foresight methodologies to guide our work in understanding and appreciating the complexity and uncertainty of current and emerging challenges and opportunities. WOAH established a Gender Taskforce (GTF) in 2021 to support the organisation with its “external-facing” gender policies, i.e., the role of gender in WOAH’s projects and programming, as well as in WOAH-organised events and meetings. To this end, the GTF is – in part – exploring how gender issues and dynamics are playing out across the globe and considering what this could look like for WOAH’s projects and programming today and many years from now.
Although WOAH has little institutional experience with gender and gender mainstreaming, there is strong commitment from the organisation to better understand and incorporate this topic into its work.
Gender intersects with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of relevance to WOAH, both as a standalone Goal (5 – Gender Equality) and as a cross-cutting target through other SDGs (1 – No poverty; 2 – Zero Hunger; 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth; and 10 – Reduced Inequalities; 13 – Climate Action). In addition, studies suggest that when programme design, implementation and evaluation account for the different needs and interests of female and male stakeholders and beneficiaries (including clear analysis, results, budgets, capacity and accountability), the programmes are more impactful. Gender analysis can be understood as “a critical and systematic examination of differences in the constraints and opportunities available to an individual or group of individuals based on their sex and gender identity”.
The GTF’s ultimate objective is to oversee the development of a WOAH strategy on gender, for inclusion in the 8th Strategic Plan, and to accompany a shift in awareness and focus of gender in WOAH’s work.
|Positioning and reporting |
The intern will be under the supervision of the Foresight Advisor, in the International Standards and Science Directorate, and working with members of the Gender Taskforce for the implementation of activities related to mapping and horizon scanning of gender issues.
The intern will be exposed to and receive on the job training foresight frameworks, tools, Futures Literacy and will assist in contributing to using foresight to foster futures thinking at WOAH around gender and related topics.
|Internship role and activities |
The Intern will participate in the activities directed by the Foresight Advisor, specifically to:
-> Assist in the mapping of relevant issues, initiatives, and data to help WOAH increase its knowledge, understanding and awareness of how gender intersects with and affects WOAH’s work.
-> This will include:
– desk reviews of existing materials generated by other intergovernmental and international organisations,
– partner organisations and WOAH Members related to genderdeveloping a “mind map” for gender and related topics for a horizon scanning process to underpin situational awareness around how trends related to gender are unfolding across the globeconduct a stakeholder analysis designing questions for scoping interviews with stakeholders, documenting learnings and recommendations.
-> Participate in meetings of the GTF and/or any other meetings and activities of interest related to foresight processes.
Upon completion of the internship, the intern will provide a final report for WOAH summarising activities undertaken, and follow-up actions required.
|Required Skills and Experience |
The candidate must meet the following educational requirements: currently enrolled in a post-graduate academic programme;
Field of study: Gender Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations and Development, Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, Futures Studies, Foresight Studies, or other related fields.
– Excellent command, both written and spoken, of English;
– Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal);
– Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Additional language skills
– French and/or Spanish is an asset.
– Analytical ability: problem definition and establishing research questions;
– Ability to synthesise and identify relevant information from large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data;
– Genuinely curious about and willing to engage in the work and mandate of WOAH;
– Courtesy, effective listening skills, tact and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multinational and multicultural environment;
– ‘Can do’ attitude and ability to work within short deadlines;
– Ability to work well as part of a team.
– Adaptable and flexible.
|Internship conditions |
WOAH will provide a stipend in the amount of 659,10 € monthly for full time work based in Paris, France.
The intern is not expected to travel during the assignment.
Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.
The maximum internship duration is 6 months (september 2022 – March 2023).
The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.
|General information |
WOAH places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
WOAH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
If you are interested in this internship, please complete your application online by 31 August 2022 at the latest by clicking on the link below. APPLY HERE