Internship - UNICEF Climate Change Innovation Portfolio, Stockholm, Sweden, Office of Innovation, 6 months (full-time)

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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, innovate....

UNICEF’s innovation portfolio approach focuses our innovation efforts on the most challenging problems UNICEF is trying to solve for and with children and young people. There are 9 innovation portfolios, with each portfolio containing innovative solutions (sourced from across UNICEF and beyond) that have potential to scale and significantly accelerate results for children.

Climate Change Portfolio

Children are the least responsible for climate change, yet they will bear the greatest burden of its impact. The worsening effects of climate change mean that children face both the immediate impacts of climate-exacerbated humanitarian emergencies and the slower-onset impacts such as water scarcity and disease burden. For children who are already disadvantaged, the risks of climate change are even higher: as crises become more common, poorer families will face even greater difficulties recovering from these increasingly frequent shocks. The climate crisis is a child rights crisis, and time is running out to make the transformations necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Innovation can and must play a central role in finding solutions to this crisis and accelerating the impact of our work in protecting children from the effects of climate change, placing their needs at the center of environmental strategies, and empowering them as agents of change. The UNICEF Climate Innovation portfolio consist of digital innovations, social innovations, data innovations and frugal innovations to tackle the most pressing climate challenges facing children and young people.

Main responsibilities:

  • Research support: the candidate will assist with collating, reviewing, and presenting research findings for both internal and external publication. As an example, the climate portfolio is currently finalising a research piece on UNICEF programming opportunities in the circular economy and plastic recycling space.
  • Innovation Challenge support: the candidate will assist with managing innovation challenges including support with framing and design of the challenge, selection process, provision of technical support to winning teams. As an example, the climate portfolio is currently providing technical support to three winning country offices teams (North Macedonia, Tanzania, Malaysia) of the recently run UNICEF-UNDP Green Shark Innovation Challenge.
  • Data management support: the candidate will assist with keeping the Climate Innovation Portfolio data updated on the global UNICEF innovation portal.
  • Drafting of documents: the candidate will support with drafting of concept notes, scope of works for joint partnerships, presentations to donors and partners. As an example, the climate portfolio is currently working on a concept note on innovation solutions for youth mental health crisis due to climate anxiety.

To be considered for an internship assignment with UNICEF, 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 in at least one of the following areas:

    • International Relations studies,
    • Peace studies,
    • Environmental studies,
    • Environmental policies and/or technologies,
    • Innovation technologies
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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 which the intern will report to.

The candidate should have:

  • Experience in conducting and presenting research findings
  • Experience with managing/coordinating a project (considered an asset)
  • Experience with data analysis (especially through the use of a specialist software)
  • Experience with using Microsoft Office package (word, excel, power point, notes, teams)
  • The candidate must have good interpersonal skills (liaising with people of many different nationalities) and organizations skills

Additional information:

Visa: UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any – visas for internships. However, UNICEF can provide a Note Verbale to respective Consulates, to support the application of Visas.

Insurance: The selected candidate must provide proof of health/accident insurance plan that covers them in the country of the assignment and for the entire duration of the assignment.

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. Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Payment: The eligible intern will receive a monthly stipend as a contribution towards their living expenses and a one-time lump sum may be paid to interns recruited from outside the duty station to contribute towards expenses such as travel to and from the duty station, visa costs, etc., if the selected candidate is not in receipt of any non-/governmental funds.

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.

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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