National Intern- Planning & Knowledge Management, Accra-Ghana, 6 months (Only Ghanaian nationals are eligible to apply)

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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, a Chance

In Ghana, UNICEF cooperates with the Government and other partners to defend the rights of children and help them fulfill their potential. With offices in Accra and Tamale, the UNICEF team seeks to achieve results in strategic programme areas. The overall goal is for every child to survive and thrive, to live in a safe and clean environment, to learn, to be protected from violence and exploitation, and to have an equitable chance in life. The current Country Programme of cooperation is aligned with the Government priorities, the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) and Key Results for Children (KRCs) in the West and Central African Region (immunization, nutrition, learning outcomes, ending child marriage and ending open defecation). UNICEF main strategies include evidence-based advocacy, system strengthening, integrated programming across sectors, emergency preparedness and response, and innovation.

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How can you make a difference?

Intern to acquire first-hand experience working with a multilateral agency to support with knowledge management, planning and reporting. The intern will be integral to reporting for 2022 and planning for 2023 including support to mainstreaming knowledge management and work planning.

The UNICEF’s Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PME) unit provides cross-sectoral support and coordination and is placed under direct supervision of the UNICEF Deputy Representative and work closely with other Sections and a field office in Tamale. The unit, going into the third quarter will be working with sections and units on annual reporting, planning and documentation. In addition, the unit is currently stepping up its knowledge management oversight role in developing strategies, fashion plans, organize and structure the internal knowledge and sharing with external partners.

The Planning section has increasing responsibilities for end of year activities relating to reporting, coordination, and biannual work planning. In addition, the planning unit currently takes on knowledge management, emergency preparedness planning and broad-based coordination thereby requiring an Intern to work in supporting the Planning Specialist to work on regular and routine tasks.

The intern will undertake the following tasks:

 Support with section review of annual progress of 2022 work, reviewing indicator performance, running analysis and note taking during review meetings.

 Support with review of 2023 annual work plans drafts and consultative processes with government partners and stakeholders.

 Support with review and quality assurance of indicator and results reporting and upload on to the UNICEF online system (Insight RAM).

 Support with end of year reporting as will be assigned

 Facilitate review and quality assurance of donor reports submitted by Sections with a focus on the results framework Knowledge management

 Support with the development of a knowledge management plan.

 Support in the organization of knowledge management events.

 Support with organizing knowledge management platforms and ensuring that knowledge is easily identifiable and useable.

 Support with documentation of knowledge, practices, and systems. Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor

Expected Deliverables

 Uploading indicators and progress reporting on to RAM.

 Knowledge management planning and organization of knowledge management events.

 Review results frameworks of donor reports for consistency and alignment.

 Minutes and trackers for PME Team weekly meetings and End of Year Review meetings

Supervision and Reporting Arrangement

The intern will be coached and closely supervised by the Planning Specialist and the PME team. They will co-develop a workplan at the start of the internship that will guide this engagement. The work of the intern in the PME cross sectoral team will involve supporting PME work with all sections in UNICEF: WASH, Policy & Evidence, Education, Health & Nutrition, Child protection, Communications, Social and Behavior Change, and Adolescents Gender & Youth.

The Intern will report to and be evaluated by the Planning Specialist. At the end of the internship, the intern and supervisor shall complete internship evaluation forms.

Payment and Payment Schedule

The Intern will receive monthly stipend as per Ghana Country Office internal guideline. This amount will be pro-rated accordingly for any uncompleted month of work.

Note: This is not applicable for interns receiving stipends from governmental or non-governmental bodies (including private sector) whether recruited from outside the duty station or not. UNICEF office should pay the difference between UNICEF’s stipend and the amount provided by external institutions if UNICEF’s stipend is more.

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

share a 1-page motivation letter explaining why you are applying, what relevant experiences you may have and what you bring to the table.

 Proof of enrolment/completion of an undergraduate, graduate or advanced programme in a Reference letter from school confirming student requires internship OR an up-to date university transcript or Statement of result/certificate evidencing completion of a degree within the last two years (if applicable).

 Academic background in Social Sciences, particularly Planning, Development Studies, Sociology, Monitoring & Evaluation, Development Economics, or related areas.

 Experience in Knowledge management is desired

 Experience in report writing, editing, development planning, monitoring and evaluation and analytical skills

 Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and/or local language(s) is an asset.

 Experience working in rural Ghana, and knowledge of development landscape in the country or in similar context acceptable.

 Fluent understanding of Microsoft Suite apps such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

 Passion for children’s, adolescent and youth rights and development.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are... (1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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