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Innovation & Sustainability Intern, Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya, Malaysia (Open to Malaysians only)

Apply now Job no: 547628
Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: Malaysia
Categories: Innovation

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

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, with more than 10,000 staff members working in 190 countries and territories worldwide. Since 1954, UNICEF has been joining forces with the Government of Malaysia to improve the wellbeing of children. More information on what we do in Malaysia is available at

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Innovation & Sustainability Specialist, this internship is to support the Innovation & Sustainability team in implementing the climate change and environment and innovation agenda. Furthermore, the intern will support UNICEF’s efforts to make children and young people a focus of climate change strategies and to empower children and young people with knowledge and skills to participate in climate and environmental action.


The purpose of this internship includes:

  • Support the ongoing work on youth engagement in climate action and dialogue, both on- and offline, including collecting inputs and feedback, mapping stakeholders, key activities and interventions, and developing good practices and lessons learned reports to motivate other adolescents and youth to act for the climate and improve their advocacy capacity
  • Support in the establishment of relevant partnerships in support of the climate, environmental, disaster risk reduction and innovation agenda
  • Support the development of knowledge products on climate change, environment, disaster risk reduction, and innovation as required
  • Support with the review of climate and environment learning and educational materials, collecting comments and suggestions, providing recommendations for improvements and strengthening actions
  • Support with the review of relevant research and studies in support of the climate and innovation programmes
  • Support the ongoing efforts to engage youth and young entrepreneurs and startups in Malaysia that are actively innovating with purposeful intent for positive impact around issues affecting children, such as climate change and environmental degradation
  • Support the communication efforts in identifying key climate and environmental dates and developing key messages and communication materials, as well as building capacity of youth climate advocates
  • Other tasks that may arise related to the daily activities of the team

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

We are looking for a dynamic person who has a strong interest in climate and environment, innovation, digital engagement, rights of young people, content creation, as well as a proactive attitude towards day-to-day challenges. Most importantly, you need to demonstrate your interest and passion about why you want to work with UNICEF and for children and young people.

  • Prior experience with climate, environment, innovation and technology would be a considerable asset
  • Solid skills in social media content production and digital engagement
  • Excellent in verbal and written communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis, and strong writing abilities)
  • Proficiency in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in Bahasa Malaysia preferred
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) or undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the areas of Climate Science/Studies, Civil/Mechanical Engineering, Energy, Environmental Studies/Management, Economics, Public Policy, Sustainable Development or related field.
  • Demonstrable proof of excellent academic performance
  • Demonstrable excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis and strong writing abilities)
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old
  • The intern will receive UNICEF laptop and email account during the internship period
  • The intern will receive a basic stipend (MYR1,690) according to UNICEF’s internal standard and will have 2.5 days of leave a month
  • The intern is expected to work in UNICEF Putrajaya office at least three days of the week (depending on COVID-19 PKP restriction), and remotely for the other working days.
  • 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 which the intern will report to.

The candidate should possess the following competencies:

  • Solid understanding and familiarity with climate change and environmental protection
  • Familiarity with technology and digital trends
  • Excellent communication skills including both written and verbal use of language
  • Ability to work well with people and in a team
  • High standard for quality of work and drives for results
  • Quick learner and strong research skills
  • Enjoys creating and innovating
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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


Advertised: Singapore Standard Time
Deadline: Singapore Standard Time

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