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Internships – Migration, PPDO, Programme Division, UNICEF, New York & Geneva #531822

Apply now Job no: 531822
Work type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: 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 fulfil 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.

The UNICEF Migration Team based in the Programme Division is recruiting two interns to support across different programmatic areas. All interns will work with the team towards implementing UNICEF Six Point Agenda on Children on the Move and support the Headquarters’ functions on coordination, knowledge management, policy and programming guidance and partnerships.

Objective of the internships:

The first intern (remote, unless circumstances change, reporting to the Geneva-based team) will support the Senior Advisor Migration on engaging with the UN Migration Network, on managing partnerships with IOM and UNHCR and on working on the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration. The intern will support the Senior Advisor by providing background research, analysis and writing on demand, developing briefing documents and talking points, which will support UNICEF in partnership building within the UN Migration Network and with key partners. A particular thematic focus will be on supporting UNICEF’s COVID response and access to healthcare for children on the move.

The second intern (remote, unless circumstances change, reporting to the New York-based team) will support the Policy Specialist Migration on global coordination of UNICEF action across HQ, regional and country offices and global knowledge management. This includes enabling staff globally to find the right information at the right time through the maintenance of the UNICEF Knowledge Domain on Children on the Move, curating new data, reports and programming insights. In addition, the intern will support the programmatic response for refugee and migrant children along the Central America – Mexico - U.S. migratory route. The intern will be working to support the technical assistance and training projects of UNICEF in its initiative on migration in the Americas, along with policy analysis and written briefs related to the protection needs and systems for children and families from Central America and Mexico.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbents may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties:

For the first intern:

Support the team with the COVID response, including by supporting with ad hoc research requests across a broad range of topics. Support the Senior Advisor in engaging with IOM and UNHCR, as well as strengthen partnerships with WHO and other Geneva-based organizations. This may include developing briefing notes, accompanying to meetings and taking minutes. Support the Senior Advisor in engaging with Member States and with the UN Migration Network on the implementation of the Global Compact on Migration. Provide particular support to UNICEF’s engagement on ensuring access to health care for children on the Move, including by supporting the Senior Advisor to engage in international health policy discussions, and liaising with UNICEF colleagues in the Health Sector. Liaising with other members of the team to participating in internal meetings as required. Providing support on additional tasks as required.

For the second intern:

Supporting the knowledge exchange of UNICEF globally on children on the move through the maintenance of the internal Document Repository, and pro-actively identify opportunities for knowledge sharing on migration. Provide support to colleagues across Country and Regional Offices, as well as HQ in navigating and using the Knowledge Domain. Assist the programmatic response for refugee and migrant children along the Central America – Mexico - U.S. migratory route with background research briefs on identified priority areas, selecting and analyzing the most relevant information, to inform the drafting of policy briefs on identified priority themes. Support the convening of remote technical workshops focused on capacity building of appropriate care programs for unaccompanied children in the US. Manage workshop administrative and logistical details, agenda and participant lists, briefing packets, workshop presenters, related correspondence and follow-up materials. Liaise with other members of the team to participating in internal meetings as required. Provide support on additional tasks as required.

Benefits to Intern:

Exposure to UNICEF’s work on children on the move, guidance through weekly meetings with the supervisor and participation in remote learning opportunities. Receiving training on editing, maintaining and troubleshooting Knowledge Domains.

Location: Due to the COVID Emergency, all internships are remote for now. Office-based work and travel to the duty station (New York and Geneva) will not be mandatory, even after restrictions might be lifted – decisions to switch to one-site interning will be taken in close consultation with the intern, taking into account their circumstances and preferences.

Duration: This will be a full/ time internship and the duration will be for 6 months (maximum allowable 26 weeks)

Payment: In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,700 per month. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Insurance: 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 with the Nutrition Section.

Living Conditions and Working Environment
The interns will work
remotely, unless circumstances change. The interns are not expected to travel out of duty stations during the assignment. When in the office a flexible workspace will be provided.

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

  • Currently enrolled in a university or a graduate school, or those who graduated within the last two years. A specialization in migration studies is a strong advantage.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on in migration and displacement is a strong advantage.

  • Strong research and writing skills required.

  • Flexibility to work as part of a dynamic team and high degree of team spirit required.

  • Available for work full-time for 6 months.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Other languages, especially Spanish, are an asset.

In addition, for the first intern (Geneva-based):

  • Experience and/or knowledge in the area of public health, including on migrants and refugee access to health care is a strong advantage.

  • Familiarity with the Global Compact on Migration and the UN Migration Network is an advantage.

In addition, for the second intern (NY-based):

  • Experience in information management is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office is required. Experience working with maintaining SharePoint/Websites is a strong advantage, and a willingness to learn a minimum requirement.

  • Expertise on the region and the US immigration landscape is a strong advantage.

  • Spanish is a strong advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…


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


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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