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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
UNICEF has been working in Saudi Arabia since 1961 as per the Basic Cooperation Agreement between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UNICEF. In 2018 the UNICEF Executive Board approved the current country program document that defined the program priorities for 2019-2023. Those priority areas are child protection, early childhood development, data and knowledge generation and partnerships. Other key areas of interest to the joint cooperation include young people learning and participation including engagement in climate change.
Youth development and participation including in climate changeis a growing area of interest in KSA. To support that purpose, the UNCT has formed two task forces: Youth Task Force and Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Task Force. Each group is responsible for) gathering evidence around the emerging issues in the country; b) identify gaps and limitations; and c) developing concrete outcomes, long-term solutions, and strategic directions. The purpose of this internship is to support UNICEF office in KSA in designing, implementing and promoting young people’s development and engagement throughout its’ work.
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of this internship is to create opportunities for young Saudis to work with the UN as interns and build their capacities as junior professionals. Under the supervision of UNICEF GAO Deputy Representative, the Youth Intern will provide technical support to those programmatic areas, work closely with the UNCT taskforces, and perform the needed tasks as assigned by UNICEF GAO.
The main tasks are:
Modality: Paid - Fulltime
Tentative start date: October,15,2021
Duration: The maximum duration of the internship will be 26 weeks.
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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 sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.