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Child Nutrition Fund internship, Nutrition section, Programme Group, O/P in Brussels
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
internship Intern Internship
Job Expired 5 Apr 2024
Posted 3 weeks ago
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, a bright future

The Child Nutrition Fund is supporting a coordinated global agenda, the Global Action Plan, to end child wasting. Led by UNICEF with support from the government of the United Kingdom, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners, the Child Nutrition Fund brings together governments, donors and partners to support and incentivize country-led efforts to accelerate the scale up of sustainable policies, programs and supplies to prevent, detect, treat, and ultimately end child wasting.

The internship opportunity with the UNICEF Nutrition Team, based in Brussels, presents a compelling chance to contribute to a globally significant cause. Aligned with the overarching mission to combat child wasting as part of the Child Nutrition Fund, this internship is designed to offer invaluable support to our operations and partnerships. The primary aim of this internship is to facilitate essential functions within the Child Nutrition Fund. The intern will be tasked with a diverse range of responsibilities, encompassing crucial activities such as annual reporting exercises, the development of insightful dashboards, and engagement with partners at the country level. The dynamic nature of the work ensures an environment conducive of innovation and growth. 

How can you make a difference? 

The internship opportunity with the Child Nutrition Fund is an exciting opportunity for personal and professional growth, offering a platform to support our operations and partnerships in advancing our global mission to address child wasting.


Key responsibilities for this role include:

1. Communication and Advocacy: The intern will actively participate in crafting essential communication and advocacy materials, including the development of the CNF Annual Report. By lending their expertise to these initiatives, the intern will play a crucial role in effectively communicating the Fund's mission, objectives, and impact to a diverse array of stakeholders.

2. Data Analysis and Quality Assurance: The intern will engage in various data-related tasks such as database creation, validation, quality assurance, development of informative infographics, and drafting and proofreading key documents and reports.

3. Impact Dashboard Creation: The intern will take on a central role in crafting the Impact Dashboard, a pivotal component of our website. Through this responsibility, s/he will harness their creative and analytical skills to produce compelling data visualizations that succinctly highlight the CNF's progress and achievements.

4. Country-Level Engagement: The interns will provide invaluable support for country-level engagement initiatives, including active participation in webinars and calls, with a dedicated focus on our priority countries. Through these collaborative endeavors, s/he will contribute to strengthening partnerships and fostering cooperation to combat child wasting in targeted regions.

5. Other tasks: Additional tasks may be assigned to the intern as necessary, reflecting the dynamic nature of the position.

This internship presents an exciting opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in substantive work that directly contributes to global efforts to eradicate child wasting. By joining the dedicated team at the Child Nutrition Fund, the intern will SOP/PG/DRP-2018-005 INTERNSHIP UNICEF NYHQ, PG & DRP SOP/PG/DRP-2018-005 INTERNSHIP, PG & DRP make meaningful contributions to a critical cause, all while advancing their professional development within a stimulating and rewarding environment.


Benefits to Intern:

The intern selected for this position will benefit from ongoing supervision, guidance, and coaching provided by their immediate supervisor throughout the six-month internship. Capacity-building activities will be organized to enhance interns' knowledge of UNICEF's work on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of child wasting, as well as the operations of the Child Nutrition Fund. A personalized learning and development plan will be agreed upon with each intern, focusing on improving technical skills such as report writing, database management, and data visualization (including interactive dashboards). Interns will also gain experience in supporting partnership management within a fast-paced and innovative environment. This internship offers interns the opportunity to develop and refine their skills while contributing to important global initiatives. Through practical experience and exposure to UNICEF's work, interns will emerge prepared for future professional challenges.

Living Conditions and Working Environment: Subject to the sanitary conditions at the time of the start of the internship, the intern will work in the UNICEF Office in Brussels, closely working with the nutrition team. S/he will work with an assigned UNICEF staff and report to his/her immediate supervisor. S/he is not expected to travel during the assignment. 

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

  •  University degree in international development, social sciences, economy, nutrition, public health, epidemiology or related field. 
  • Familiarity with nutrition programmes, including prevention, early detection and treatment of child wasting. 
  • Data analysis - Knowledge of database management and data visualization/dashboards. 
  • Graphic design - Ability to work with graphic design software is an asset.
  • Writing skills - Strong writing, research and analytical skills.
  • Language - Excellent command of oral and written English. Knowledge of French and/or other UN language is an asset.
  • Computers - Knowledge of PowerBI, Infogram, SharePoint, Webdesign, is a strong asset.

Minimum Requirements

To apply for this internship position, candidates should provide the following: 

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD). 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
  • Visa: The incumbent must be eligible to live in Belgium for the duration of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining visa or residency permits

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. 

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.

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

There is no expectancy of employment at the end of this internship.

This position is no longer open.