Full-time (6 months) Remote/Home-based Internship with Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) section - Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), Geneva, Switzerland

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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, a champion

The Global CP AoR is the global level forum for coordination of child protection in humanitarian settings. Established in 2007 by the Interagency Standing Committee, as part of the cluster approach, it is led by the Global Coordinator and housed in UNICEF. The Global CP AoR is responsible for ensuring that national and international humanitarian efforts to protect children in Humanitarian Coordinator and Early Warning settings are timely, well-coordinated, and achieving maximum coverage, quality, and impact. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academia, and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable, and effective child protection responses in emergencies, all working in line with the ‘Principles of Partnership’. In the humanitarian system, the Global CP AoR constitutes an ‘Area of Responsibility’ within the Global Protection Cluster. Many of the strong inter-agency relationships within the Global CP AoR are also reflected in field-level child protection coordination groups.

How can you make a difference?

The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) is looking for an intern, starting in early February 2023 or as soon as possible, to support its coordination work. The intern will provide key support to the Global CP AoR’s initiatives, contributing to the successful implementation of the activities and projects outlined in its 2022 – 2024 work plan, with an emphasis on supporting the areas of communication, advocacy, and knowledge management.

Main tasks and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Contribute to the visibility and communications work of the Global CP AoR including supporting the drafting, editing and graphic design of documents, newsletters, and other compelling communication products to raise the profile and added value of the Global CP AoR’s work.
  • Support the positioning of the thematic and operational initiatives of the CP AoR in different countries and at the global level.
  • Contribute to research, analysis and reporting to support field operations as required, including on advocacy.
  • Support management of the Global CP AoR website and social media presence and organizing resources and content.
  • Contribute to the organization of and attend relevant events, workshops and meetings, in-person and online.
  • Coordinate the work of online UN volunteers on translations and other related tasks.
  • Other tasks as requested.

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

Minimal Qualifications

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in Communications, Graphic design, Media, or related field. An additional diploma or experience in humanitarian action, development, or related fields a plus.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English is required. Proficiency in at least one of UNICEF's working languages – French, Spanish, or Arabic – is a plus.
  • Have strong 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.
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority that the intern will report to.

Desirable qualifications and skills

  • Proven knowledge in text edition and graphic design.
  • Experience in knowledge management is a plus.
  • Excellent coordination, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in child protection through previous academic or other experience in child protection is an asset.


Duration: The selected candidate will undertake the full-time role for 6 months.

Location: In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the location of the internship will be evaluated in due course and decided upon with the selected candidate. Depending on the evolving sanitary situation and the candidate's place of residence, the internship could be conducted remotely or located in Geneva, Switzerland. A combination of remote work with a move to Geneva, when possible, can also be considered. Selected intern will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns. Working hours are from 9 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Geneva time.

Visa: No visa/travel will be required if the internship opportunity remains remote/home-based. Should the internship opportunity become in-person in Geneva, the intern will be responsible for obtaining any visa required for them to travel to, live, and work in Switzerland; though the Global CP AoR section will offer guidance on how to complete this process.

Stipend: In accordance to UNICEF's guidelines, selected intern will be provided a monthly stipend to cover the duration of the candidate’s internship. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Insurance: Remote/home-based interns must have appropriate medical and accident coverage for the given duty station and provide a proof of such insurance to HR along with other required documents prior to commencement of the internship. For Geneva-based interns, 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 enrollment in a health/accident plan with coverage in Switzerland prior to starting his/her internship. Interns are subject to Swiss Law on Medical Insurance (LAMal) and will be required to enroll into a Swiss insurance under LAMal scheme as soon as they receive their Legitimation Card or to request an exemption from LAMal office provided that their insurance is equivalent to or has a better coverage than an insurance under LAMal scheme. More details will be communicated to the selected candidate in due time.

Mandatory Courses: Selected interns will be requested to complete online mandatory courses prior to commencement of the internship.

Equipment: Should the intern internship opportunity remain remote/home-based internship, UNICEF will not provide IT equipment, nor will cover internet connectivity costs; the interns are expected to use their own equipment and have access to internet. If the internship is in-person, UNICEF will provide IT equipment to the selected candidate.

Leave: Full-time interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.


Qualified candidates are requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter stating availability and motivation;
  • Recent university or institution records certificate (or a reference letter from the academic supervisor confirming a strong performance should the records certificate not be available at this stage); and
  • P11 form (the P11 can be downloaded from here: https://www.unicef.org/careers/documents/p11-form) or duly completed online application profile

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS), and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to selected candidates who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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