6 months Internships, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Executive Director

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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 looking for an intern(s) to help us with our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as part of our overall organizational culture effort. This aims to build a more ethical, inclusive, empowering workplace where all our staff respect, enable, and inspire each other to do our best for the world’s children.

UNICEF’s culture, defined by its underlying values, ethical principles, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors that make the organization and its people unique, is the core of who we are. The culture runs deep and together with the UNICEF mission and mandate, is part of what makes a UNICEF colleague proud to be a part of this organization.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, age, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic background or any other personal characteristic.

We strive to level the playing field by removing barriers so that everyone has a fair opportunity to join UNICEF and leverage their individual strengths and talents. We can only deliver better results for children by intentionally focusing on diversity and by amplifying the voices of those who are least heard.

Our core values (charter also available in French and Spanish) of care, respect, integrity, trust and accountability guide the way we serve children and the way colleagues at UNICEF are expected to relate to one another. While no large organization is immune to bias, discrimination and misconduct, we make it a priority to create an environment where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

You can find more information here: https://www.unicef.org/about/unicef-culture and https://www.unicef.org/careers/equity-inclusion-and-diversity-unicef

How can you make a difference?

Do you want to contribute to making UNICEF the best place to work for all its employees? If so, come join us!

The Culture and Diversity team in the Office of the Executive Director (OED) is seeking 1-2 interns for a virtual or in-person (based in New York City) internship of up to 6 months, starting as soon as possible (December 2021).

The selected candidate(s) would work from their present location or from New York City. For internships based in NY, candidates need to be eligible for a G4 visa, have an active Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or be a Green Card holder or US Citizen.

Working closely with the Culture and Diversity team in OED and relevant UNICEF offices, the candidate(s) would work on the following tasks:

  • Support implementation and monitoring of a wide range of actions related to anti-racism and discrimination, including actions recommended by the internal Task Team, actions agreed in inter-agency forums, and others identified by UNICEF. These actions are related to raising awareness of DEI actions; improving knowledge and skills on DEI; developing and promoting tools to support DEI; and identifying, documenting and disseminating good practices on DEI in UNICEF and the broader UN system.
  • Conduct a mapping of actions being undertaken by UNICEF offices at all levels including UNICEF National Committees to promote anti-racism and non-discrimination;
  • Support monitoring and reporting on DEI initiatives;
  • Research, initiate and launch innovative org culture- and DEI-related initiatives;
  • Internal outreach, engagement, and mobilization around diversity, equity, and inclusion with UNICEF offices.

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

  • Be enrolled in an advanced/undergraduate university degree in a relevant background in organizational development, human resources, behavioral science, communications, knowledge/information management or other social sciences fields
  • Have excellent and innovative communication, research, and knowledge management skills.
  • Have a passionate commitment to and some experience with diversity, equity and inclusion issue
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

Candidates from historically marginalized or disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

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.


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

More information on Internships at UNICEF here: https://www.unicef.org/careers/internships

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