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Child Protection - Internship in UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Office, 1 April to 30 June 2019

Apply now Job no: 519828
Work type: Internship
Location: Bosnia and Herz
Categories: Child Protection, 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.

For every child, protection

UNICEF offers the opportunity for talented students to gain professional experience while being exposed to the work of UNICEF. At the same time, UNICEF benefits from interns as a significant asset by providing updated academic knowledge and valuable skills to the organization.

The goal of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) Country Programme is to support the country's efforts to accelerate the realization of child rights by fostering greater social inclusion, particularly of the most vulnerable and excluded children and families (children with disabilities and children of minorities, especially Roma and children in impoverished communities). Current Country Office priorities include child rights monitoring, social protection, child protection and justice for children, early childhood education and young child well-being for all children.

As of May 2018, given the increasing influx of refugees and migrants arriving in/transiting through B&H, UNICEF initiated its humanitarian response, with a strong focus on improving child protection services (case management, psychosocial support) and child protection standards, ensuring children's access to non-formal and formal education, and to enhancing access to pediatric care and improving nutrition practices.

The UNICEF B&H Country Office based in Sarajevo is comprised of 27 staff members and 4 national UN Volunteers. The following link provides a mapping and brief description of UNICEF's work to advance children's rights: https://www.unicef.org/bih/

How can you make a difference?

1.     Purpose of the Assignment:

The objectives of this internship are:

  • to provide a framework by which students pursuing a tertiary education from specific academic backgrounds (social work, psychology, child protection) are assigned to UNICEF B&H office to enhance her/his educational experience through practical work assignments; 
  • to expose them to the work of UNICEF; and 
  • to provide UNICEF B&H office with the assistance of qualified students specialized in specific professional field (child protection)
  • to support the implementation of UNICEF B&H's child protection programme component. In specific, the intern is expected to contribute to the humanitarian response in the current refugee/migrant crisis through support to the Child Protection Specialist.
  1. Tasks to be accomplished:

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist, and in close collaboration with emergency coordinators and officers working directly in the field, the intern will support the child protection response to the refugee/migrant crisis, specifically the following:

  • Support the review and assessment of child protection referral pathways, with a focus on unaccompanied and separated children, and provide recommendations for strengthening the existing referral pathways.
  • Assist in establishing tools for inter-agency child protection monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Draft and consolidate UNICEF's inputs for the monthly operational updates on the refugee/migrant situation of the United Nations Country Team BiH.
  1. Deliverables:  
  •  Assisted the Child Protection Specialist and Emergency Response Team in reviewing and improving the existing child protection referral pathways.
  • Assisted the Child Protection Specialist and Emergency Response Team in drafting tools for inter-agency child protection monitoring and reporting systems.
  • Timely and quality submission of UNICEF's consolidated inputs for the monthly operational updates on the refugee/migrant situation of the United Nations Country Team B&H.

Duration of this internship is 3 months.

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.
  • Preferably Master's degree candidates in social work, psychology or child protection.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Strong background in child protection.
  • Experience working in a relevant sector is an asset.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience in an emergency context is an asset.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.

Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.

UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

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