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Internship: Reporting and Communications, Child Protection Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition #527708

Apply now Job no: 527708
Work type: Internship
Location: United States
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.

Purpose and Objective:

The UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018–2021 (SP) details UNICEF’s future direction and strategic priorities over the coming four years. The SP provides a vehicle to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and responds to its call to ‘leave no one behind’. It seeks to protect children from violence and exploitation, with a specific focus across development and humanitarian contexts on reducing violence in all its forms, eliminating harmful practices, and enhancing children’s access to justice. UNICEF has identified three outputs, strongly anchored in a rights-based approach to programming, to contribute towards the achievement of Goal Area 3 outcome, ‘Every child is protected from violence and exploitation’.

Thematic funding provides an opportunity to facilitate financing of UNICEF’s programmes in a more strategic and flexible manner to achieve the results of the 2018-2021 SP. The arrangement with donors entails production of one consolidated report, the Global Annual Results Report (GARR), which highlights global results for children, progress and challenges against the planned results in the SP. In addition to the GARR, and related to the reporting on results, UNICEF Child Protection provides inputs annually to other UNICEF corporate reports, namely the Programme Division Annual Report (PDAR), Executive Director Annual Report (EDAR) and Humanitarian Annual Results Report (HARR). Representing the second year of reporting under the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, it is expected that the 2019 GARR (Goal Area 3) will follow the same format as the 2018 GARR (Goal Area 3).

The purpose of this internship is to provide the opportunity and space for an intern to learn about child protection areas of work and to contribute to the Child Protection Section’s advocacy, policy and reporting, primarily through the corporate reporting process (EDAR, PDAR, HARR with a focus on GARR).

The specific objectives of this internship are the following:

  • Support the development of consolidated information that will feed into UNICEF corporate results report (i.e. EDAR, PDAR, GARR and HARR).
  • Review the UNICEF Country Office Annual Reports and draft a consolidated matrix of country good/promising practices, publications and examples around child protection data work, research, study, RBM, monitoring, evaluation, and cross-cutting issues.
  • Support the development and dissemination of key resources for tracking Primero progress against targets, communications to the field including dynamic formats, videos and infographics, and programme monitoring against SP targets are available

Main duties and responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the Senior Adviser Child Protection, the intern will support the Planning and Evidence Building Team (PEB), Child Protection Section (UNICEF Headquarters Programme Division), on the tasks and deliverables listed below.

Deliverables are mentioned below to illustrate the tasks that are envisioned. The intern is not solely responsible for these deliverables, but rather expected to contribute to the completion of these deliverables.

  • In particular, the intern will work with the following staff members on a daily basis:
  • Approximately 2-3 days a week: Sophie Flynn, Child Protection Specialist (Advocacy and Policy Dialogue)
  • Approximately 1-2 days a week: Eri Dwivedi, Child Protection Specialist (Planning and Monitoring)
  • Approximately 1 day per week: Robert MacTavish (Primero Project Lead, Child Protection IMS)

More details on this internship and deliverable can be found here: Download File 2019 Internship ToR_CP Section_draft v3_for PSU review_simplified.docx

Benefits to Intern:

  • The intern will have the opportunity and space to learn about child protection areas of work through hands on experience in analyzing UNICEF results for 2019 and to contribute to the Child Protection Section’s advocacy, policy and reporting, primarily through the corporate reporting process (EDAR, PDAR, HARR and GARR). The experience of contributing to the development of the annual corporate reports is valuable as these are the main external reports that capture UNICEF work around the world, demonstrate UNICEF accountability to donors and partners; and are widely used for advocacy and partnership purposes from the country level to the global level.
  • The intern will have the opportunity to participate in a donor briefing session of the global annual results reporting, which will bring together a host of public sector and private sector partners.
  • The intern will have the opportunity to engage in one of UNICEF’s most promising new technology that aims to improve and extend existing Information Management Systems (IMS) which are central to the efficient and secure delivery of child protection services.

There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Minimum Requirements: (Standard for ALL internship advertisement):

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD).  It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

Note: Individuals are responsible for arranging any visa or immigration requirements. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Qualifications: (Academic, Language, etc):

  • Enrolment in an undergraduate (Bachelor's), Master's, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years with study in a relevant field, such as human rights, demography, social sciences, statistics, or development;
  • English mother tongue or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated outstanding drafting, writing skills in English language and ability to convey policy messages in a clear and concise but sensitive way;
  • Experience using social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, TikTok) required;
  • Experience in using data visualization tools including Tableau, Infogram and PowerBI is an asset;
  • Experience in using video editing tools such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, KineMaster or Corel VideoStudio an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and organizing large events an asset.


UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

Learning and researching; analyzing, relating and networking, deciding and initiating action, technical expertise, planning and organizing.

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

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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