Intern to support UNICEF Adolescence and Youth Initiatives in Albania

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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, healthy adolescence

UNICEF is the agency of the United Nations mandated to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

UNICEF Country Office in Albania is committed to work with most vulnerable pre-school, school aged and Adolescent people in Albania in order to ensure that boys and girls, especially the most vulnerable, are actively engaged and enjoy an equitable, inclusive, safe, conducive to learning, healthy, gender-sensitive and resilient environment.

UNICEF Albania is currently working in various initiatives that has a special focus Youth engagement in Albania but also is being prepared to better shape the interventions with Youth and Adolescent for the next Country Programme Document 2022-2026. The Country Programme is aligned to the national development priorities expressed in the National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI) as well as in the National Agenda for Children and articulates with Albania’s commitment to achieving the SDGs. The UNICEF country programme priorities were defined in parallel and in harmony with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (currently in draft) and will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The work carries by UNICEF with the adolescent and Youth engagement feeds the Outcome 2: “School age and adolescent boys and girls learn, acquire skills for life, demand, access and utilize services and are protected in a healthy, resilient and gender sensitive environment” of the new Country Programme Document 2022-2026. UNICEF is committed to continue investing in Adolescent and Youth programm because this target group represents enormous opportunities to transform economic and social outcomes and advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Investing in the education and employment of youth will help drive economic growth and social cohesion. In addition, young people have the creativity, energy and problem-solving skills to help come up with solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Ultimately, they represent hope for a better tomorrow and are the future leaders who will drive us there.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the Internship is to provide the student the opportunity to enhances his/her educational experience through practical work assignments in the area of Adolescent and Youth Participation and Engagement.

The incumbent will also have an excellent opportunity to acquire practical experience in various aspects of project planning and implementation in the area of education in an international and human rights-based work environment.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The intern will support the adolecents programme by providing inputs and drafting various concept notes or briefs for the various type of activities such as:

- contribution to the different phases of research and studies,

- contribution to development of advocacy or communication briefs,

- contribution to develop various web materials for the programme, briefs and important information about international policies and strategies on Adolescent and Youth Engagement and participation

- contribution to data dissemination and communication activities

- contribution to activities that involve capacity building of government and non-government actors and support the program specialist in project monitoring and organization of different program events/activities as required.

The following outputs are expected:

  • Mapping of potential stakeholders that are engaged in working with Youth in Albania
  • Conducting focus group discussions with Youth in Albania and preparing briefing notes, handouts, talking points, presentations, minutes of the meetings and activities, field visit reports, draft project proposals.

For more information on the terms of the internship access the TOR document here ToR_local intern for supporting UNICEF in the adolesents and Youth Initiative in Albania.docx

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have to be:

- a current graduate of a bachelor university degree from an accredited academic institution in Social or Political Sciences, Education, Psychology;

- proficient in in English (working language of the office)

- highly computer literate; advanced user of MS Office, Excel, PPT, digital youth platforms

- have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor

- have NO immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office;

- Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to

What to submit

- Motivation letter setting out the reasons why you are seeking an internship with UNICEF and what is expected from the experience.

- Curriculum Vitae or United Nations Personal History Form (P11); with links of copies of relevant publications.

- Letter from your University confirming current enrollment and graduation date.

- Proof of strong academic performance issued by recent university or institution, OR if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

  • Integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Cultural, gender, nationality, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of Social Inclusion, Adolescent and Youth engagement;
  • Ability to produce high quality technical notes, briefing notes and presentations;
  • Ability to apply and share evidence derived from research;
  • Flexible attitude and adaptability to rapidly changing circumstances.

    To view our competency framework, please visit here. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

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