Internship at Education Cannot Wait (The Global Fund for Education in Emergencies) Outpost 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, education . . .

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children and youth entitled to an education in emergencies, we would like to hear from you.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global multilateral fund dedicated to supporting education for children and youth in countries affected by wars, disasters and crises. It was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by a broad coalition of international aid agencies and public and private donors to usher in faster and more sustainable education responses in crises settings. ECW inspires political commitment to financing education in humanitarian contexts, catalyzes financial resources, facilitates joint programming between humanitarian and development actors, empowers local partners and seeks to strengthen quality and accountability.

ECW is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure that provides strategic guidance and oversight to its investments. ECW’s day-to-day activities are carried out by a Secretariat under the direction of the ECW Director.

ECW is establishing a roster of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) interns. The ECW Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students/graduates the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in international development work in education under the direct supervision of the M&E team at the ECW Secretariat.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Director of ECW, technical guidance of the Chief of Monitoring, Evaluation and Global Reporting and direct supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation specialist(s), the intern(s) provides technical and operational assistance to various processes in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting data and analysis while learning about organizational processes to support the implementation of the ECW workplan.

Specifically, the interns shall work towards the production of ECWs 2021 annual results report and related documentation:

Main duties:

  • Conducting research: mapping and analysis of reports and evaluations in education in emergencies on a global and/or country/crisis level.
  • Collecting, analyzing, verifying, and synthesizing information across ECW grants to support program development, design, and preparation of the annual results report.
  • Assisting in preparation of cost-effectiveness and other financial analyses to calculate value-for-money of ECW investments.
  • Supporting preparation of reports, talking points and communication material, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and relevance of information.
  • Performing data checks in reports and databases.
  • Draft sections of the annual results report incl. country profiles.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will …

  • Be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate or graduate school or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Have an academic background in any of the following:
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by university records.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office or in the ECW Secretariat.
  • Are not disqualified under the UNICEF Child Safeguarding Personnel Standards (DHR/STANDARDS/2019/001), or as amended.
  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


Interns will receive a stipend based on their location. USD 1,700 per month in the following offices: New York, Geneva, and Copenhagen; or​​​​​​​ 70% of the monthly salary of the General Service (GS) level 3 step 1 in all other the duty stations.

Visa: Interns are responsible for obtaining their visas before traveling. UNICEF will only issue guidance and a letter stating acceptance of an individual as an intern and the conditions governing the Internship. Applicants who are in the USA or Switzerland at the time of application (for the US with a valid OPT/CPT if international student),are personally responsible for arranging any visa or immigration requirements, covering the entire period of their internship. Insurance: UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern's service. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to starting his/her work.

Living and Working Conditions: Due to the COVID pandemic we expect remote online work to be the standard. Office space is available in New York and Geneva based on discussion. Applicants who are in the USA or Switzerland.

The internship is full-time (35 hrs). Working hours are flexible and set-up in mutual discussion with the supervisor considering existing study/work commitments. Interns will be linked to the ECW Secretariat and M&E team in Geneva. 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.

Expected starting date: flexible between February and March 2022; ideally in mid-March 2022 or later in the year from September 2022 onward. Preferred duration: at least 4 months (maximum of 6 months; 26 weeks). An internship may be terminated by either party, with a notice period of at least two weeks.

Deadline for applications: January 7th, 2022 at midnight NY eastern standard time (EST). Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

ECW is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

ECW follows UNICEF’s rules and regulations in human resources management. Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQs on the UNICEF Internship program – which apply also to ECW – available at this link:

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.

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