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Start your career in New York USA through UNICEF Internship

Opportunity Deadline

September 25, 2023
Bachelor Degree
All Nationalities
Male, Female, Both
United States

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Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Strategy, Planning and Accountability (SPA), the intern will support the effective functioning of Education Cannot Wait’s Acceleration Facility. The Acceleration Facility is ECW’s investment window focused on global goods. Through the Acceleration Facility, ECW supports the development of knowledge, capacities and resources for the education in emergencies and protracted crises sector.

The intern will assist ECW with tracking the Acceleration Facility portfolio, supporting the Acceleration Facility Working Group, supporting Acceleration Facility learning events and opportunities, and helping to manage new Acceleration Facility ‘Challenges’ focused on key topics in the sector. The intern will also work closely with ECW’s climate consultant to think through how the Acceleration Facility can advance ECW’s work on climate change. The intern’s work will be critical to the successful delivery of ECW’s new Strategic Plan 2023-2026 (launched on 20 September 2022).

The learning agenda of this internship will be an increase in knowledge of how the global Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises (EIEPC) sector operates; familiarity with internal UN institutional reporting, strategic planning, and policy development processes; and experience of a global fund and its grant management processes.

Main duties and tasks:

  • Supporting the Acceleration Facility Working group: Assist the Acceleration Facility Consultant in coordinating the working group, including, for example, scheduling meetings, developing agendas, and identifying and following up on key actions.
  • Tracking and Analyzing the Acceleration Facility Portfolio: Work with the Acceleration Facility Consultant to maintain an up to date database of proposals and grants (inputting data, managing key documents and folders, and analyzing trends) and draft progress updates for ECWs Senior Management Team.
  • Drafting background papers on the Acceleration Facility priorities: Work with specialists on the working group to develop draft background papers on key thematic areas such as localization, climate change and teaching and learning – collating the latest evidence in the sector, effectively presenting priority issues, and summarizing ECW’s key messaging.
  • Supporting Acceleration Facility Learning Events and Comms: Work with ECW teams – including the Comms Team and the M&E team – to identify opportunities to share evidence and learning from Acceleration Facility grants, and help to plan and coordinate learning events and activities. In addition work with the ECW comms team to help to deliver the Acceleration Facility Comms Strategy, e.g. drafting case studies, developing social media messing, and updating the website.
  • Cross-cutting support: As required, undertake a range of logistical/operational activities to support the SPA team. This includes taking meeting minutes, maintaining information management systems, preparing tools and templates, drafting presentations, etc. In addition, creatively consider and implement ideas for enhancing the ECW intern experience. For example, developing an intern induction pack, organizing a series of meetings for interns with different senior leaders, developing a tip sheet for a successful intern experience at ECW, establishing an alumni intern group, etc.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
    • Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises
    • Grants Management
    • Programme Management
    • International development/human rights/humanitarian affairs
    • Education, Psychology, Law, Liberal Arts or Sociology, particularly with a focus on women’s and gender studies
    • Demonstrable experience of coordinating and working with others
  • Excellent organization, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Strong data and analysis skills – the ability to input and track data, and to identify key trends.
  • Strong written communication skills – the ability to write and synthesize complex information into plain English reports and meeting minutes.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • 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.​​​​​​​
  • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in the working language of the office you are applying to (in this case, English) is required.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

Location:  Remote, with flexibility to work with colleagues in New York and Geneva time zones

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

Advertised: 11 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 25 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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