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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-26

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Internship: Primero (Protection-related Information Management), Child Protection Section, PD – NYHQ # Requisition #512344

New York City (United States of America)

The Intern will be responsible for supporting the Primero Project Lead to advance UNICEF engagement in strengthening Primero partnerships and in bringing the Primero application to global scale. The consultant will also support the Primero Project Lead in improving communications, conducting research, strategic planning and drafting guidelines to support country offices and partners.

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. 


Developing innovative technologies to support the work of child protection and gender-based violence specialists in such situations is a central part of UNICEF’s strategic goal to enhance protections for women and children. UNICEF’s Child Protection Strategy focuses on strengthening the social welfare workforce, and leveraging technology to ensure children are protected in emergencies. Primero is key to this strategy as it fosters greater efficiency and reach of UNICEF and partner’s protection programming, including GBV, adolescent-focused programmes, children in contact with the law, children affected by armed conflict, and unaccompanied and separated children. 

Primero is a modern, browser-based open source application that is flexible and highly configurable. Primero supports multiple modules to facilitate information management for different types of child protection and GBV programmes. These modules include the CPIMS+ and the GBVIMS+. Primero has granular, role-based access, so that only those who need to see information have access to it.  

Making data handling easier yet safe and ethical for front-line protection and social welfare workers can allow more time for service provision and improve the quality of care.  As UNICEF’s Child Protection and GBV teams reach vulnerable women and children through service providers, the best way to impact their healing is to strengthen the way that service providers engage with and care for them. Primero is designed for this purpose. 

For every child, a new idea 

The Intern will be responsible for supporting the Primero Project Lead to advance UNICEF engagement in strengthening Primero partnerships and in bringing the Primero application to global scale. The consultant will also support the Primero Project Lead in improving communications, conducting research, strategic planning and drafting guidelines to support country offices and partners.  

 
How can you make a difference? 

  • Develop a complete communications strategy to engage current and potential new Primero users, including key interagency stakeholders, UNICEF country offices, government partners, and implementing partners, including social media (Yammer, Twitter, Facebook), blog, public websites, intranet, and newsletter. This will require curating materials, and translation of key materials into French. 

  • Implement the communications strategy, including drafting and revising content, engaging with key partners for relevant stories and information, updating posts and tracking visits/dissemination. Assist with the development of a Global Broadcast Message with links to relevant materials and resources, including translation of key resources into French. 

  • Conduct market research and begin drafting guidelines for the use of digital tools to support child protection programmes, to complement the Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening Strategy. Assist with the development of a costing framework for Primero. Additional communications support as necessary. 

  • Assist with preparations for the 4th Annual Primero Global Workshop, including launching of new products, communications materials, and event management. Continue to implement the communications strategy in coordination with interagency stakeholders and provide a report on implementation, projections, and recommendations for way forward. 

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

  • Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences or a related field; University education and/or practical training in communications and strategic planning an asset; 

  • Verbal and written fluency in English and French is required; 

  • Previous experience working with market research and strategic planning in the public sector is desirable; 

  • Strong and demonstrated English writing/drafting skills; 

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within agreed deadlines and with attention to detail; 

  • Good inter-personal and communications skills (verbal and written); 

  • Experience working in the public sector, social services and/or international development organizations an asset; 

  • Enrolment in an undergraduate (Bachelor’s), Master’s, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years with study in a relevant field, such as demography, social sciences, statistics, or development; 

  • Strong academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records; 

  • Excellent project management, time management and communication skills; 

  • Familiarity with the United Nations and UNICEF mandates and the Sustainable Development Goals preferred. 

 
Location: 

The internship will be home based in the NY with the possibility and periodic on-site work at UNICEF New York HQ. 

Duration: 
This will be a part time / full time internship, the duration will be 4 months (84 days), with an ideal start date of 1st May with the possibility of extension 

Salary/Payment: 
In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work; part-time internship will be paid accordingly. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. 

Insurance: 
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 start his/her work with the Nutrition Section. 
 
Working Environment: 
The intern will work with the Child Protection Section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in the CP Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis. 

Deadline: 
The deadline for applications will be 25th of April 2018. Office will review the applications and schedule a short phone interview with the shortlisted candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

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

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. 

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