Private Sector Models for Programme Delivery Internship, Programme Group Leadership Team, NYHQ

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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, hope

UNICEF’s Programme Group leads the organization’s efforts to achieve results for the most disadvantaged and excluded children everywhere, following the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022–2025. Work is done in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the international commitments related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Programme Group provides global thought leadership, influences global policies and partnerships in support of child rights, and contributes technical support to UNICEF’s Regional and Country Offices to maximize the difference our programmes make in children’s lives. The division shapes internal policy and practice in priority areas, supports UNICEF’s engagement in key programme partnerships and collaborates with other divisions for fundraising, advocacy and influencing. It also plays a vital role in managing technical talent and promotes a management approach that strengthens connections with Regional and Country Offices and enhances collaboration across sectors and divisions. The Director, Programme Group, guides UNICEF programmes and can commit the organization to programme strategies and approaches aligning with the goals and targets of the Strategic Plan, SDGs and universal Child Rights.

UNICEF is exploring ways of delivering programmes more at scale and with greater efficiency. In recent discussions, the role of the private sector has increasingly emerged as a possible avenue for growth. To advance this area of work, UNICEF has proposed some promising initiatives and themes it would like to unpack further and create a roadmap for testing different business models.

Through this internship, you will have the chance to contribute to a new and emerging strategy and help the organization think through new business models to fund, finance or deliver our programmes.

How can you make a difference?

As part of our team, you will be a key contributor to developing a strategy, a roadmap and a case for a new business model that will help accelerate and drive our programmes at scale. A list of topics and regions already exists; this will be discussed at the start of the internship to narrow it down.

Expected scope of work

The expected scope of work includes:

  • Conducting Research on Various Business Models to support the mission of UNICEF:

  • Research and evaluate business models that can be adopted to meet the organization's goals on a range of topics, from developing new food products for a specific region to designing learning assessments for educational purposes.

  • Explore venture building and internal ventures as possible ways of developing UNICEFs business model for delivering programmes and creating more mission aligned organisations.
  • Analyze case studies or precedents to determine the effectiveness of different models and examine successful and unsuccessful applications in similar or different contexts to draw lessons.
  • Communicate results to colleagues and stakeholders through written reports and other means.

  • Consultations with External Experts and UNICEF:

  • Interact with professionals in the relevant fields and with UNICEF representatives to refine the business model based on expert advice and UNICEF’s specific needs and guidelines.

  • Creating a Plan and Roadmap for Testing and Implementation:

  • Develop a detailed plan that outlines the steps for testing the selected business model. This includes defining milestones, timelines, resources required, and the process for scaling up if the test is successful.

  • Propose a methodology that can be used for developing new business models and new mission driven projects and ventures.

  • SWOT and Risk Analysis:

  • Conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to understand the internal and external factors that could impact the success of the business model.

  • Identify potential risks and challenges that could arise during the implementation of the business model and suggest strategies to mitigate these risks.

  • Identifying Opportunities for Business Model Innovation and Improvement:

  • Seek opportunities to innovate or improve upon business models, from adapting the model to better fit the regional context and incorporating new technologies to finding more efficient processes.

To be eligible for this internship, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be enrolled, within the past year, in a graduate degree program with a preferred major in Economics, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Business or a related field
  • Be fluent in English. Proficiency in another UN language is an asset
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office and no other relatives in the line of authority to which the intern will report.

Other requirements:

  • Have a business and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Hands-on aptitude, emotional intelligence and self-management skills

  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills

  • The ability to look beyond the tasks assigned, take ownership of projects and make suggestions on how to improve the role
  • The ability to handle and respect multiple deadlines while working independently with different agents on several projects
  • Support from a professor who would support the endeavor

    The following are considered assets:

  • Project management skills

  • Proven writing skills

The following supporting documents are required at onboarding stage:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school It should also state the expected graduation date. Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address
  • Certification of health insurance covering the full internship period

Benefits to intern:

  • Build skills across a spectrum of responsibilities
  • Exposure to and chance to engage with multiple topics and UNICEF’s various programmes
  • Opportunity to support UNICEF at a high level that translates into impact on ground-level operations
  • Experience a multicultural working environment unique to UNICEF

Modality: The internship is full-time, either onsite in New York or remotely, if in an appropriate time zone.

Duration: Up to 26 weeks (full time). Please indicate your availability in the cover letter.

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 Values

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.

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