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Internship: Intern - Migration Unit, Programme Division, NYHQ/Home based - Req # 541185
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Grade: Internship, Intern
Closing soon: 28 Jun 2021
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Job Description

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.

Purpose and Objective:

Migration is an expanding global reality, increasing in scale and complexity over the last few years. Between 2005 and 2015, the number of child refugees worldwide, more than doubled from 4 million to 9 million. 1 in 2 refugees in the world is a child. 1 in 5 international migrants is younger than 20 years. While migration bears acute protection risks for many children, particularly if unaccompanied or undocumented, migration is also an empowering experience for millions of children who migrate safely and regularly within their countries or regions, enriching the societies they leave and join.

The UNICEF Migration Team based in the Programme Division is recruiting an intern to support across different programmatic areas. The intern will work with the team towards implementing UNICEF Six Point Agenda on Children on the Move and support the Headquarters’ functions on coordination, knowledge management, policy and programming guidance and partnerships.

The intern will support the Policy Specialist Migration on global coordination of UNICEF action across HQ, regional and country offices, by supporting the coordination of the UNICEF’s Global Migration Practise Group, by working with Regional and Country Offices to produce a monthly global newsletter, by supporting data analysis and visualization as well as providing background research and analysis upon demand – covering topics such as inclusion of migrant and displaced children into national health, education, social protection and child protection systems.


The intern will also support the Knowledge Management Specialist on knowledge sharing, knowledge management and capacity building to the benefit of UNICEF globally, and in particular to the PROSPECTS countries. This includes enabling staff globally to find the right information at the right time through the maintenance of the UNICEF Knowledge Domain on Children on the Move, curating new data, reports and programming insights, supporting UNICEF’s global Children on the Move Capacity Building initiative, and pro-actively identify opportunities for knowledge sharing on migration. The intern will be trained to provide support to colleagues across Country and Regional Offices, as well as HQ in navigating and using the Knowledge Domain. 

How can you make a difference?

Main duties and responsibilities:

Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbents may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties:

  1. Coordinate and curate the monthly Global Migration Practise Group Newsletter, reaching over 750 staff members globally, and working closely with colleagues in Regional and Country Offices in getting the information
  2. Analyze migration data coming in from UNICEF’s 190 Country Offices and Presences, develop user-friendly ways to present and use data and produce summary analysis and visuals
  3. Support with organizing and providing content for Global Migration Practice Group webinars, including note taking.
  4. Provide overall support to workshops/trainings, including managing administrative and logistical details, preparing agenda and participant lists, briefing packets, managing related correspondence and follow-up materials. Liaise with other members of the team as required.
  5. Provide background research on policy and programmatic issues around migration upon request
  6. Support knowledge exchange on children on the move within UNICEF through maintenance of the internal Document Repository and pro-actively identifying opportunities for knowledge sharing and exchange
  7. Provide support to colleagues across Country and Regional Offices, as well as HQ in navigating and using the Knowledge Domain, and PROSPECTS partnership share point site.
  8. Support the PROSPECTS Learning Agenda and assist the KM and PME specialist with PROSPECTS data management and visualization
  9. Support the convening of technical workshops focused on capacity building on children on the move, including the Children on the Move 101 course and related deep dives
  10.  Provide support on additional tasks as required.

Please indicate in your application specific experiences and skills related to the above-mentioned tasks.


Benefits to Intern:

Exposure to UNICEF’s work on children on the move, guidance through weekly meetings with the assigned supervisor(s) and participation in remote learning opportunities. Receiving training on editing, maintaining and troubleshooting Knowledge Domains.


26 weeks (full time). Estimated start date 1 September 2021.


In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,700 per month. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.


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. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start the internship with the Education Section.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will be remote based and work from home. The intern will work with the Migration Team and report to the supervisor of this internship. The intern is not expected to travel during the assignment. The intern will be expected to participate in team meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the intern, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will…

  • Currently be in enrolled in a university or a graduate school or graduated within the last two years. A specialization in migration studies is a strong advantage.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on migration and displacement is a requirement.
  • Strong research and writing skills required.
  • Flexibility to work as part of a dynamic team and high degree of team spirit required.
  • Available for work full-time for 26 weeks. This is not a summer internship option.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Other languages, especially Arabic or Spanish, are an asset.

In addition,

  • Experience with data analysis and visualization is an advantage, and willingness to learn a minimum requirement.
  • Experience working with maintaining Sharepoints/Websites is a strong advantage, and a willingness to learn a minimum requirement.

Location: Due to the COVID Emergency, all internships are remote for now. Office-based work and travel to the duty station (New York) will not be mandatory, even after restrictions might be lifted – decisions to switch to one-site interning will be taken in close consultation with the intern, taking into account their circumstances, vaccination status and preferences.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

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

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

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