Internship with UNICEF office for Europe and Central Asia in Geneva in Emergency Section (from January to June 2022)

This opening expired 1 day ago.

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

Open positions at UNICEF
Logo of UNICEF

Application deadline 1 day ago: Sunday 28 Nov 2021 at 22:55 UTC

Open application form


This is a Internship contract. More about Internship contracts.

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, Hope

How can you make a difference?

Overall purpose of the assignment is to assist the UNICEF staff working in emergencies. The incumbent will support the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional (ECAR) Office to assist UNICEF country offices to better prepare and respond to emergencies, in line with UNICEF’s mandate and its Core Commitments for Children. In particular, s/he will contribute to the effective management of UNICEF’s programming, coordination, and monitoring and reporting for the refugee and migrant response in Europe and the COVID response in ECAR.


  • Support in the implementation of regional preparedness plan 2021. This includes updating/maintaining existing preparedness mechanisms in place at the regional office, monitoring the country preparedness plans, keeping track of timelines, follow up with country offices and liaise support required from regional office.
  • Assist with the preparation of briefing notes, situation reports, funding appeals, donor reports as per the need of section. This would require tracking deadlines, editing country office inputs, compiling consolidated reports and liaising with CO focal points for any required clarifications.
  • Assist with the preparation of the quarterly sitrep (for UNICEF ECARO HAC appeal) and quarterly regional situation reports (for UNICEF’s refugee and migrant crisis in Europe HAC appeal) and the mid-year review of the 2022 COVID and Refugee Migrant HAC appeals. This would require tracking deadlines, editing country office inputs, compiling consolidated reports, liaising with CO focal points for any required clarifications.
  • Assist with the production of quarterly performance monitoring and financial tracking reports for UNICEF’s ECAR HAC and Refugee and Migrant HAC, including running quality check and cleaning of data inputs from countries. Compile and present datasets in the standard templates, spreadsheets and/or dashboards.
  • Provide support to proposal development, resource mobilization and donor reporting in relation to UNICEF’s refugee and migrant programme, COVID response other emergency response, DRR, climate, energy and environment programming ensuring that country submissions are in line with the HQ/donor requirements.
  • Support administrative and logistical arrangements for any emergency team events including webinars, trainings, coordination meetings, etc. Prepare background materials and draft meeting minutes. Maintain contact and mailing lists of country office and inter-agency focal points for refugee and migrant issues.
  • Assist with research, emergency documentation and emergency coordination, including posting emergency documents and maintaining emergency share point site.
  • Any other task that may be requested by the supervisor.


The intern will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNICEF Regional Emergency Advisor, based in Geneva, and close coordination with Emergency Specialist based in Istanbul, in accordance with the standards, norms and procedures of UNICEF.

Conditions of Service

The intern will work at the UNICEF ECARO Office in Geneva (if covid related measures in place permit) for a duration of up to 6 months (full-time equivalent). Interns will be provided with a monthly stipend in accordance with the UNICEF procedures in place. If interns are not based in Geneva, they should be ready to cover all other expenses such as travel to the duty station, accommodation, meals and any additional costs above and beyond the stipend. Interns without Swiss nationalities or residence permits are personally responsible for obtaining necessary visa for the whole duration of the internship. Office will support with the NV for the visa application if needed.

UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship. Interns have to demonstrate a proof of medical insurance with the coverage in Geneva prior to the beginning of the internship.

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNICEF but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.


To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

- be enrolled in a degree programme or graduate school, or be a recent graduate[1]

- be at least 18 years old

- have strong 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; and

- have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to[2]

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

- Be enrolled in or graduate from development studies, public administration, statistics, gender studies, political science, international law, human rights law or a related field,

- Strong interest in human rights, especially child rights, international humanitarian response system and disaster management,

- Knowledge and understanding of human rights mechanisms and of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and CEDAW,

- Understanding of research methods and processes, and data analysis is desirable;

- Prior experience in the work environment of an international agency, NGOs, UN, or international institutions would be desirable,

- Excellent computer skills with command over excel, developing graphs and visual products,

- Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of any widely spoken languages in ECA Region is an asset.

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...

- Self-starter, with ability to multi-task and work to deadlines,

- Analytical and conceptual thinking,

- Attention to details,

- Able to work in a multicultural setting,

- Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are required to apply online by completing the profile and submit the following documents:

- Resume

- Cover letter (please also state your availability)

- latest academic transcript or a letter from the academic supervisor proving your strong performance (if academic transcript is not available)

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.

[1] Applicants who have graduated within the past two years are considered recent graduates.

[2] If an applicant has other relative(s) who work(s) in any UNICEF offices, the applicant must disclose this information to the hiring UNICEF office to enable the office to identify and mitigate any conflict of interest before finalizing the internship

Added 7 days ago - Updated 1 day ago - Source: