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Internship for Global Education Cluster, Global Coordination Cluster Unit/Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva, Switzerland (Non-paid internship)

Global Education Cluster, GCCU/EMOPS in Geneva is looking for an intern to support communications and advocacy activities of the cluster.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. 



UNICEF’s role in emergencies is to protect children and women, ensure the rigorous application of international standards covering their rights and provide them with assistance. UNICEF works with many partners to ensure that the assistance is reliable, effective and timely. UNICEF integrates approaches to emergency programmes and policies throughout its Headquarters divisions, but concentrates coordination within the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), based in New York and Geneva.

Humanitarian reform seeks to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. The cluster approach was developed as a way to address gaps and strengthen the effectiveness of humanitarian response through building effective partnerships and coordination mechanisms. The cluster approach aims to clarify the division of labor among organizations, and better define their roles and responsibilities within different sectors of the response.

UNICEF leads/co-leads 4 Clusters and Areas of Responsibility (AORs), namely Nutrition, Child Protection, WASH and Education, the latter co-lead by Save the Children. The Global Education Cluster (GEC) is the only global cluster co-lead by an NGO. The Global Education Cluster brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics, and other partners under the shared goal of ensuring predictable, well-coordinated and equitable provision of education for children affected by humanitarian crises. The GEC provides direct support to national education clusters   through deployments of a specialized Rapid Response Team, as well as remote support for strategy and work plans development, practical guidance and tools.

The aim of this internship is to support communications and advocacy activities.


The intern will:

  1. Update the annotated Global Education Cluster Advocacy Compendium 
    • Map advocacy resources referenced and/or produced by other clusters
    • Review current GEC Advocacy Compendium and analyse gaps in light of the outcomes of the initial mapping exercise
    • Update Advocacy Compendium by compiling and annotating additional advocacy resources
  2. Map literature and documents produced by research institutions, think tanks, donors and other UN Agencies (amongst other sources) concerning:
    1. The use of cash in education in emergencies interventions; and
    2. The humanitarian development nexus with respect to the education sector
      • Produce an annotated bibliography, one for each of the topics 
  3. Support populating the GEC Country Repository
    • Produce a mapping of new publications and background documents concerning country specific education in emergencies situations


Minimal Qualifications

The incumbent should be:

  • at a minimum, studying for an undergraduate degree (see Eligibility section below), preferably in International Relations/Affairs, Political Science, Social sciences, Communications or Business Administration. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. 
  • fluent in English. Knowledge of French is an advantage.

 UNICEF competencies:

  • Technical – Very good analytical skills and ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts (see also communication below)
  • Managing resources - Organizes and manages information to achieve defined goals and optimum results.
  • Communication - Effectively presents thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts, in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner, both verbally and in writing. Listens to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
  • Flexibility - Works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapts to changing demands and circumstances.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – able to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently


Duration and Eligibility:

The duration of this internship should be between 3 and 6 months. Applicants must state their availability in their cover letter. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or PhD degree programme. Applicants enrolled in an undergraduate school must have completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree. All interns must be at least 18 years old.



  • Interns must fund themselves for their travel to the duty station, their accommodation and living expenses at the duty station during the internship.
  • UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship. Interns have to demonstrate a proof of medical insurance prior to the beginning of the internship and covering the full internship period.
  • Interns are personally responsible for obtaining a Swiss visa


For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values are Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and our Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
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  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Humanitarian Affairs
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Emergency Aid
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-11

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