Internship - Immunization Supply Chain, Health Section, Immunization Supply Chain Unit, PD, Copenhagen, Denmark (02 Internships))

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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, health

UNICEF is working on immunization across more than 130 country programmes with partners in government, NGOs, other UN agencies, international organizations, and the private sector to provide immunization to children across the globe. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions, saving an estimated 2-3 million lives per year and yielding a return on investment of about $16 (related to treatment costs averted) for each dollar spent. Immunization routinely reaches more children and households than any other health intervention, bringing children and their families into contact with the health services.

More children are born each year, and immunization has been keeping pace with larger numbers of children. Yet, vaccine coverage rates have stagnated and declined in some countries with over 19 million children not completing recommended vaccines in 2017. UNICEF’s vision is for all children and women to benefit fully from their right to immunization, with priority given to the most disadvantaged.

All children should have equal access to immunization services, regardless of the social or economic circumstances of the communities or where they live. UNICEF works to ensure this is realized. In countries that UNICEF supports, more children are immunized each year: over 80% of children received three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP)-containing/Penta vaccine, against a global target of 90 per cent. However, large inequities exist at sub-national levels and few of our priority countries achieved 80% coverage in every district. UNICEF supports countries to give special attention to three contexts where the highest numbers of unvaccinated children live: conflict and areas of insecurity, urban poor, and remote rural.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose and Objective:

The intern will work closely with UNICEF’s Programme Division workstream on Immunization Supply Chain (SC) on one or more topics. Under the supervision of the Immunization SC Team Lead and in close collaboration with various units, the intern will:

  1. Develop/continue development of a framework for decision making on supply chain interventions to improve coverage and equity based on existing evidence.
  2. Perform analysis of effective vaccine management (EVM) indicators and its linkages to coverage and equity.
  3. Analyze the effects and impact of COVID-19 on the immunization supply chain.
  4. Provide any other technical and operational assistance as appropriate and required by the team.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

Data collection, desk/literature reviews, analysis and interpretation, recommendations and report writing of any one of the three proposals above which may result in the findings published in a journal.

Benefits to intern:

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students at both Headquarters and country offices the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

The intern will gain in depth knowledge of immunization systems and supply chains, as well as data collection and analysis for peer reviewed journal articles.


The internship will be office-based with the Immunization Supply Chain Unit, Health Section, UNICEF Programme Division located in UN-City, Copenhagen, Denmark and it is not expected that the intern will travel during the assignment period.

Duration: Full-time, 26 weeks/each internship

Internship 1

26 weeks, tentatively starting on 15 December 2020 or soonest thereafter

Internship 2

26 weeks, tentatively starting on 1 June 2021 or soonest thereafter

Please indicate which internship you are applying for; Internship 1 (approx. 15 December to 14 June 2021) or Internship 2 (approx. 1 June 2021 to 29 November 2021).


  • Hiring Office will pay the intern/interns a monthly stipend of US$ 1,700.00 as a contribution towards their living expenses. This stipend will be prorated based on actual worked days. The stipend is not counted towards taxable income.
  • There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

Insurance: 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 enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

S/he will work with hiring section and report to the supervisor of this internship. S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

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

  • Master’s Degree (or higher) in Supply Chain Management, Public Health, Engineering or a related field.
  • Possess strong communications skills and strong analytical / problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and within a set time frame.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset.
  • Be based in Copenhagen.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • 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 that the intern will report to.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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