Home-based (full-time 6 months) Internship to support the Social and Behaviour Change Section team with knowledge management and research

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Application deadline 4 months ago: Sunday 25 Sep 2022 at 21:55 UTC

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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

Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) Section of the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is looking for a full-time home-based intern to support the team with knowledge management and research.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this internship is to engage with recent graduates / students to:

1. Conduct desk review, literature review, and research and develop briefs/summaries in preparation of meetings, presentations and launch of new ideas and projects. 2. Support a mapping of multilateral, institutional, Civil Society and private sector partners to advance the Social and Behaviour Change work in the Region. 3. Assist in preparation of draft reports and summaries, prepare minutes and ensure rapid and diligent follow-up to meetings and discussions. 4. Support preparation, running and follow-ups of meetings with County Offices and partners.

Organization of the internship

Within the scope of the internship, the specific tasks during the assignment may be slightly adapted, based on the capacities, skills, expertise and motivation of the intern.

The intern will work closely with the Regional SBC Chief in UNICEF ECARO who will serve as main focal point. Regular calls will be scheduled with intern to discuss the tasks and the SBC work.

The intern is expected to have a computer, internet connection and the basic set of software (Word, Excel, Power Point). UNICEF ECARO will not provide any equipment nor software licenses for the purpose of this internship.

Working conditions

The intern will work full-time remotely with the UNICEF ECARO in Geneva, Switzerland, and will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns.

The intern will respect the confidentiality of information that they collect or are exposed to at UNICEF. No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNICEF without the explicit written authorization by the Head of Office or Division Director.

The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such. Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of internship.

General Eligibility Requirements for Internship with UNICEF

To be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following requirements: • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years (refer to the "Education" section under qualifications for a specific requirement for this internship). • Applicants must be at least 18 years old. • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required. (refer to the "Language Proficiency" for a specific requirement for this internship). • 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.

Individuals must demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records. Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

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


  • Enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate programme (or graduated within the past 2 years) in social sciences, behavioural insights/economics, Humanitarian Affairs, Communication, or similar discipline.

Skills required: • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) • Experience with SharePoint Management • Experience communicating complicated ideas and concepts clearly to diverse audiences. • Experience in developing messages for different communication channels.

Functional competencies: • Demonstrate initiative, creativity and enthusiasm; • Able to work well in a team environment and relate to diverse staff; • Ability to quickly understand instructions, ask for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time; • Be enthusiastic, creative and happy to take and learn from feedback.

Language proficiency:

Fluent in English.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.


Duration: Full-time for 6 months.

Location: Selected intern will be home-based.

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: Intern 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.

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

Equipment: 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.

Leave: 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: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc) or duly completed online application profile

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 offers reasonable accommodation for personnel with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

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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