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Internship, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), New York

This intern will provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Advocacy, Communications and Donor Cluster of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Fund.

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.

For every child, hope.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

Purpose of the internship:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, 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.

Under the overall guidance of the Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the direct supervision of the Donor Engagements, Communications and Advocacy Specialist, this intern provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Advocacy, Communications and Donor Cluster of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Fund, through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical information while learning about organizational processes to support the development and implementation of the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Work Plan.

  • Conduct research, mapping and analysis of traditional and emerging donors, funds, foundations, philanthropy and other financing mechanisms.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/share information on partnerships and financing.
  • Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Assist Director and Communication, Advocacy & Donor Specialist in preparations of talking points, presentations and advocacy material. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate program development, design and preparation.
  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for Communications and Advocacy material, and review documentation and reports, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development in the area of Communications, Advocacy and Donor Engagement.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable Communication and Advocacy approaches.
  • Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for advocacy and outreach.

Start date: 11 September 2017

Duration: 3 months


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) or undergraduate (Bachelor’s);
  • Completed at least two year of full-time studies of the undergraduate degree or within six months of graduation of under-graduate;
  • Excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records.
  • Previous work experience is an asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese), or a local language, is an asset.

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:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-02

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