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Internship: Education Data and Research, Data & Analytic Section, DRP – NYHQ # Requisition #513146

Apply now Job no: 513146
Work type: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Statistics and Monitoring, Internship

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

UNICEF plays a critical role in monitoring the situation of children and women in the world and for reporting on progress toward internationally set goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Fit for Children (WFFC) goals and UNICEF’s Strategic Plan (SP) targets. To support the global monitoring, UNICEF maintains a series of global databases on key indicators, assists countries in collecting necessary data through the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), and conducts statistical analyses of the data for global reporting purposes.

The global education databases are used for reporting on progress toward SDGs as well as regular reporting in the statistical tables of The State of the World’s Children report, UNICEF web-related pages, sector-specific and special reports, peer review journal articles and responding to internal and external data requests. UNICEF maintains high standards regarding the quality of data included in the global statistical databases. The data undergo a rigorous review process and must meet a series of objective criteria. Comprehensive documentation of the estimates is maintained in order for the organization to be able to respond to any queries raised about the source of the estimates it publishes. The process of assessing data for inclusion in global databases may involve correspondence with UNICEF field offices and other UN agencies and key partners, and involves close coordination within UNICEF.

Over the past decade, UNICEF has intensified efforts on evidence-based policy advocacy and programming based on the collection and analysis of quality data from diverse sources. In the context of the new SDG education targets that call for a greater focus on the quality and equity of education, there is a growing demand to improve the relevance, quality, availability and analysis of data on education indicators.

For every child, a new idea.....

The purpose of the Internship is to support data and statistics work on education including updating the global databases, conducting data analyses, and disseminating data related to key education indicators.

How can you make a difference?

The Interns will perform the following tasks:

Knowledge Database

  • Update the education knowledge database under the supervision of Knowledge Management Specialist in the Education Program Division and Statistics and Monitoring Specialist in Data, Research and Policy Division, using rigorous evidence since 2014 (e.g., research findings from experimental design, quasi-experimental design, etc).
  • Based on the updated knowledge database, draft a report (maximum of 10 pages) to comprehensively map the strengths and weaknesses of the existing evidence base and analyse Theory of Change (ToC) that UNICEF adopts in order to identify key data/evidence gap.
  • Produce PowerPoint slides to present the report (maximum of 15 slides).

Other tasks

  • Conduct a mapping of key programming guidance, tools and frameworks by UNICEF and development partners by UNICEF priority areas in education.
  • Additional tasks as required around data, evidence, and knowledge management.

Remark: It is expected to be undertaken by a team of three interns.

The internship will be home based in the NY with the possibility and periodic on-site work at UNICEF New York HQ.

This will be a part time internship, and the duration will be 30 days.

In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns may be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work, subject to availability of funds. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:
The intern will work at UNICEF House, New York.  S/he will work with the D & A Section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in the area of education, economics, statistics or other social sciences or related fields.
  • Previous experience working data processing, management and analysis and research, particularly in the education sector is desirable.
  • Strong and demonstrated English writing/drafting skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within agreed deadlines and with attention to detail.
  • Competent in advanced Excel, Word, Powerpoint, statistical software (SPSS and STATA)
  • Strong academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records.
  • Excellent project management, time management and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the United Nations and UNICEF mandates and the Sustainable Development Goals preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


The deadline for applications will be 24th of May 2018, Office will review the applications and schedule a short phone interview with the shortlisted candidates.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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