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Internship for Geospatial Risk Analysis, Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), New York, USA

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Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Emergency Programme

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

The Office of Emergency Programme (EMOPS) provides strategic and coordinated support to Country Offices preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises, in collaboration with Regional Offices, to ensure that they have the right capacities to respond effectively and deliver on its Core Commitments to Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs). EMOPS leads efforts to ensure that UNICEF’s role in complex emergencies and natural disasters is clearly defined, that the organisation is properly equipped to fulfil that role, and that all levels of the organisation are prepared to deliver our mandate.

For every child, a future.

The Risk Analysis and Preparedness Section in EMOPS (RAPS) main purpose is to support UNICEF in being ready to meet the CCCs in humanitarian emergencies and thus to contribute to UNICEF’s general ability to assess and adapt to a multitude of risks. RAPS’ aim is to help UNICEF be best prepared and impactful in saving and protecting lives, and in reducing countries’ and populations’ fragilities and children’s vulnerability around the world towards reaching the SDGs. To support this work RAPS is seeking an intern to support its work in geospatial and data-driven risk analysis.

How can you make a difference?

The intern, under the supervision of the Emergency Specialist (Risk Analysis), will be responsible for:

  • Researching datasets related to hazard, exposure and population vulnerability
  • Data mining, cleaning and management (spatial and non-spatial, as needed)
  • Spatial data analysis and visualization, both in relation to contextual risk
  • Quantitative analysis related to contextual risk
  • Preparation of relevant technical documentation
  • Additional tasks as needed

The intern would be able to:

  • Gain knowledge in geospatial applications in humanitarian contexts
  • Learn about spatial risk analysis and how it informs emergency preparedness in UNICEF context
  • Network with professionals from inter-agency working groups and academia, as applicable.
  • Gain access to various professional networks within UNICEF (Young UNICEF, for example)
  • Become a member of UN Geospatial Network

To qualify as an advocate for every child you must:

  • Be enrolled in graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in any of these areas: Geographic Information System, Geomatics, Earth sciences, or other related specialization.
  • Experience using ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS online in an academic or professional setting; Experience with open-source GIS solutions (QGIS, Geonode) is an asset
  • Experience conducting quantitative spatial and non-spatial analysis
  • Experience using PowerBI is an asset
  • Experience using ArcPy to automate geospatial analysis is an asset
  • Experience using R or similar statistical software is an asset
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • 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 to which you would be reporting.
  • Fluent in English (written and oral); intermediate knowledge of any additional UN languages (French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian) is an asset

Please include the following attachments in your application:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an 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.
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address.



UNICEF will pay a monthly stipend to the intern as per UNICEF procedure on internship programme. 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 with UNICEF.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work remotely and attending meetings virtually. S/he will work with the team in charge of the development of the 2022 HAC appeal. 

- Duration: 26 weeks

- Cost: All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.

- Visa: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing for the necessary visas.

- Travel: No travel / Remote Internship

- Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship and must show proof of a valid major global medical insurance coverage.

- Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.

- If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the UNICEF form on conditions regarding service as an intern.

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

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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