Internship - Education & Adolescent Development, Gaborone Botswana, 6 months (Opened for Batswana Only)

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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

How can you make a difference?

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

UNICEF's fundamental mission is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential and lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Young people in Botswana and the rest of the world represent enormous opportunities to transform economic and social outcomes and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Therefore, they need to be equipped with 21st-century skills to help drive economic growth and social cohesion. Bridging the digital divide is an opportunity for all children and young people to have the skills that help them identify solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. The country is grappling with high unemployment rates, as 39.7 per cent of young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET). In the previous years, UNICEF’s work focused on adolescents and young people focusing on skills development within the HIV sector and on learning through the formal education system at the secondary level.

Therefore, UNICEF will use the GenU programme to support Botswana's Government to address some of these challenges and become a knowledge-based economy espoused in its Vision 2036. Botswana has prioritized the young people’s agenda through new reforms in education, digital transformation and youth empowerment. It is expected that the GenU multi-stakeholder partnership will guide the country in accelerating progress on learning, training and linkages to employment and entrepreneurship through a coordinated approach. This coupled with ongoing youth engagement initiatives, such as the U- Report platform's roll-out, will strengthen young people's participation in the initiative.

Generation Unlimited is a new partnership platform established to help adolescents and young people succeed. Generation Unlimited aims to make sure that every young person aged 10 – 24 is in some form of school, learning, training or employment by 2030. It brings together public and private partners – and young people – to identify and scale solutions, unlock investments and empower all young people to play a positive role in their societies. It unleashes young people's voices, creates synergies between major global actors and accelerates momentum towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Generation Unlimited focuses on adolescent girls and boys, young men and women and all young people, especially those in the greatest danger of being left behind – girls, the poor, young people with disabilities, young people on the move, and young people affected by conflict and natural disasters. Generation Unlimited is dedicated to taking urgent action today, so young people have the support they need to assume leadership roles tomorrow.

Generation Unlimited focuses on identifying, co-creating and supporting solutions that have the potential to deliver results at scale for young people, especially those in the greatest danger of being left behind. To have maximum impact, Generation Unlimited will focus on three priorities:

1. Secondary-age education: Adolescent girls and boys need support to complete primary and secondary education with meaningful learning outcomes. This support should include accredited and flexible learning opportunities for those who cannot attend regular school. Efforts need to begin with the most disadvantaged, such as adolescent girls, adolescents from poor households, adolescents with disabilities and adolescents who live in conflict situations, or those on the move.

2. Skills for learning, employability and decent work: Young people, especially young women, should have access to opportunities to develop skills for learning, employability and active citizenship. They also need support as they transition from education to work. Examples of support include apprenticeships and internships. They will need digital and technological skills for the workforce of the future and emerging economies.

3. Empowerment, with a focus on girls: Adolescent girls, boys and other young people need support to understand their rights and build their assets and agency to make life choices. This includes opportunities to engage civically, digitally and voice their opinions on issues that affect them. When they start at a disadvantage, girls need extra support to build lifelong assets like networks, capital, knowledge, skills and self-belief.

Purpose for the job

Under the supervision of the Education Specialist assist in driving the UNICEFs catalytic role in Generation Unlimited implementation, scaling, monitoring and evaluating Youth Engagement programming in Botswana, helping to define priorities that resonate with young people in Botswana and building a coalition of contributing stakeholders (including UNICEF) based on their comparative advantage. In the process, the incumbent will support the process of building partnerships between the public and private sector and local youth organizations draws on collective expertise, supports young people’s meaningful participation, communication and advocacy (e.g. through dialogues, workshops and conferences).

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  • Under the direct supervision of Education Specialist and in close consultation with the Chief, Adolescent Development (HIV), the National Intern will undertake the following tasks: Assist in developing, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of adolescent/youth engagement and skilling, in particular YOMA, GenU and Upshift in Botswana.
  • Support in establishing a representative youth-led advisory committee to ensure voices of AYP are taken into account in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and scale-up of solutions in relation to the GenU investment agenda/ Youth Agenda.
  • Assist in identifying priority recommendations and actions from Generation Unlimited landscape analysis for implementation by Generation Unlimited Botswana implementing partners, with a particular focus on the social impact workstream and involvement of young persons aged 10-24 to be in some form of school, learning, training, or employment by 2030.
  • Work closely with the Education Specialist, Chief Adolescent Development (HIV), Communications Officer, and other sectors and Participate in strategic programme discussion on youth-focused programming, linking to the Education programmes.
  • Support the knowledge management through development of Generation Unlimited narrative reports, including all necessary materials and documents, success stories, human interest stories, etc.
  • Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Draft communication and information materials in close collaboration with the Communication Section for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fundraising for Gen U in Botswana.

Administrative issues and Conditions

  • The intern will be provided with office space and equipment and a monthly stipend (this internship does not attract a salary and benefits)
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s Procedure on Internship Programme.
  • The candidate selected will sign the Statement of Understanding of Internship/Fellowship Conditions
  • Intern will be required to complete online courses related to Ethics, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Security related trainings prior to taking up the assignment and/or travel.
  • Intern will be required to provide proof of medical insurance, including cover for Medical Evacuations.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Education, Community Leadership and engagement , Psychology, Sociology, Innovation or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 6 months of work experience in Youth engagement and participation experience is required
  • Be a recent graduate (within 36 months) with strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university records ( attach academic record (certificates and transcript to the application).
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills 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.


Qualified candidates are requested to complete an application including profile to the respective advertisement online, attaching all required documentations including a cover letter, copy of Degree Certificate and academic transcript.

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 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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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