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UNICEF Emergency Programme Internship at United States

Career 29 Mar 2021 764 0

UNICEF Emergency Programme Internship at United States:

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 fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

Job no: 539085
Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Emergency Programme, Internship

Under the close supervision of the chief of the Humanitarian Field Support Section (HFSS) in the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), the incumbent will work with the geographic desks in HFSS to support UNICEF’s humanitarian response across the regions. In addition to working with the HFSS team, the intern will also work with HQ inter-divisional focal points, inter-agency partners, regional emergency staff and other field colleagues.

How can you make a difference?

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring closely the political and humanitarian developments in assigned countries and providing inputs to HFSS desks for timely, analytical and forward-looking assessments.
  • Analyzing and reviewing emergency preparedness in a defined allocation of countries, supporting UNICEF responses in complex emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Attending and providing readouts from inter-agency meetings on specific countries / thematic issues as well as from Security Council sessions.
  • Review of working papers and reports (including UNICEF situation reports) for accuracy and clarity. 
  • Supporting HFSS desks in preparing for meetings with the Office of the Executive Director, Emergency Director etc.
  • Performing other duties as might be assigned by staff concerned and/or by the Chief of Section.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you must:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • 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 to which you would be reporting.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.



UNICEF will pay a monthly stipend to the intern as per UNICEF procedure on an internship programme. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


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 starting his/her work with UNICEF.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work remotely and attending meetings virtually. S/he will work with the team in charge of Implementing the Humanitarian Review within EMOPS and report to the Project Coordinator. S/he is not expected to travel during the assignment.

- Duration: 26 weeks

- Cost: All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.

- Visa: You will be responsible for obtaining and financing the necessary visas.

- Travel: You will arrange and finance your travel to the United Nations location where you will be an intern.

- Medical insurance: You will be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship and must show proof of valid major global medical insurance coverage.

- Confidentiality: You must be discreet and keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and may not publish any documents based on such information.

- If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the UNICEF form on conditions regarding service as an intern.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

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 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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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Deadline: Eastern Daylight Time