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Internship (26 weeks): Internship with the Country Office Development and Support (CODAS), PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

Apply now Job no: 521002
Work type: Internship
Location: Switzerland
Categories: Private Fundraising and Partnerships, 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, hope

The Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) Division works with National Committees and UNICEF country offices, as well as other HQ divisions and regional offices, to maximize results for children from UNICEF's private sector fundraising and partnerships. Whilst UNICEF's main headquarters is in New York, this Division is based in Geneva.

How can you make a difference?

The Country Office Development and Support (CODAS) team in PFP is responsible specifically for the Division's work with over 140 UNICEF country offices worldwide. 

The vision of our team is that these offices are fully equipped and empowered to mobilize individuals, key influencers and businesses to support and respect the rights of every child around the world.

We are working to create an enabling organizational environment in these offices for their work with the private sector (business, foundations, philanthropists, individual supporters), both fundraising as well as non-financial engagement (private sector contributing to UNICEF programme results). For example, assuring those offices have equipped leadership, supportive HQ policy and guidance, simplification of UNICEF rules, capacity-building of staff, and strong and timely technical support

We are seeking a motivated individual who would like to join us and help us turn current challenges and brilliant ideas into actual change. We value young talent, and are looking for a dynamic professional who is proactive, a fast-learner, resourceful, a team player, keen to learn, and with strong passion for making an impact for children. We are a small multi-cultural team and are looking forward to getting to know you!


Core functions of the team:

  1. Create an enabling organizational environment for country offices to optimize their private sector work, including assuring the right leadership, policy, procedures, guidance, business simplification, capacity-building and technical support.
  2. Optimize the virtual global working network between PFP HQ in Geneva, Regional Support Centers and country offices. To be the eyes and ears for our colleagues around the world (provide guidelines and cascade information), and to be their voice (advocate for divisional support and influence organizational policy change).
  3. Be a change agent to seize areas of opportunity to achieve divisional goals, focusing on areas which are not well covered by existing plans, e.g. advocate for new and cost-effective ways of private sector fundraising in country offices.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Co-design dynamic ways of disseminating HQ information and materials to country offices.
  • Facilitate in the preparation of main events (orientation, annual meetings, etc.) to ensure effective learning and amazing. experiences for participants, and ensure continued engagement through virtual means (such as webinars).
  • Implement the cascading of information (vertical) and increase knowledge sharing among offices (horizontal).
  • Back-up support to our Regional Support Centers in working with country offices within their regions.
  • Help promote simplification in everyday work.


26 weeks, start date 20 May 2019 (flexible).

The internship is minimum 3 months (full time), with possibility of continuing part-time from September onwards for students based in Geneva. Please note that the total duration of the internship will not exceed 26 weeks.


Project Officer, Country Office Development and Support team.


The internship will be based in the CODAS team in UNICEF, Geneva, Switzerland.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or have graduated within the past two years in the area of public administration, business administration, social sciences, communications or related fields.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records. Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • 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.


  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Be proactive and resourceful;
  • Be action-orientated, driven to achieve results;
  • Be a great team player;
  • Have a hands-on, innovative approach to problem solving and able to see new, creative ways around obstacles.

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


Please submit your application via the UNICEF e-recruitment along with a CV and a motivation letter and make sure to include the dates you are available for the internship.

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.

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.

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