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Internship - Social Coding, ICTD New York

New York City (United States of America)

The Social Coding intern will contribute to the design, development, documentation, testing, implementation and maintenance of Magic Box, an open-source platform intended to use real-time information to inform life-saving humanitarian responses to emergency situations.

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 connected world

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.

To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme (or recent graduate);
  • Be proficient in English, knowledge of an additional UN language is considered an asset; and
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.

What could be a better way to spend your fall semester than helping to develop and streamline life-saving innovations in UNICEF - one of the world's largest organizations serving children?

As a UNICEF ICTD/Innovation Intern, you will:

  • Get to work on a specific project of strategic value to the team. You’ll get to present your ideas and outputs to the team at the end of the programme;
  • Receive dedicated mentorship from a member of multidisciplinary team related to your project and your career and development plans;
  • Be part of a dedicated induction programme to UNICEF and UNICEF Innovation;
  • Have a fun and inspiring internship experience.

This internship will be for a period of four to six months. The intern may be based on-site or off-site.

Job organizational context

The Social Coding Intern will join the newly established Field Solutions Unit, a team of experienced software developers, designers, and data scientists. The Unit’s goals are to establish enterprise support to innovative open-source tools used by field-based programmatic experts, planning specialists, partnership managers, and implementing partners around the world. In particular, the intern will support emerging predictive analytics and big data collaborations with HQ colleagues, regional ICT T4D business analysts, technology vendors, and country office.

As part of UNICEF’s Information and Communication Technology Division’s 2017 reorganization, the new unit will work with counterparts throughout the organization to tailor open-source software solutions to magnify UNICEF’s impact by driving better decision-making, promoting collaboration, and realizing organizational efficiencies with modern digital tools.

Purpose of the internship

 The Social Coding Intern will contribute to the design, development, documentation, testing, implementation and maintenance of Magic Box, an open-source platform intended to use real-time information to inform life-saving humanitarian responses to emergency situations. It is composed of multiple github repositories designed to ingest, aggregate, serve, and visualize data, as well as generate insights based on formulas and algorithms provided by the data science team.

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Main Responsibilities

  • Web development and visualizations around data science insights;
  • Using data for population, topography, critical resources, and roads, to help identify schools and regions in most need of infrastructure;
  • Interacting with external developers on the UNICEF Innovation public gitter channel;
  • Ensuring that Magic Box repositories conform to best practices with tools like readthedocs, codeclimate, and Travis CI;
  • Support the assessment of software developer teams that apply to the UNICEF Innovation Fund, a program created to invest in startups that develop open source technologies for children.

Education and Experience requirements

  • Current student or recent graduate of an undergraduate or master’s programme (MSc or BSc) in computer science or related field;
  • Experience with open source projects;
  • Experience in some of the following: javascript, ruby, python, react + redux, linux, mocha / rspec, spark, docker, css SQL/NoSQL;
  • Fluency in English is required.

Conditions

  • Costs and arrangements for travel, visa, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibilities of the Intern. UNICEF will pay a stipend of up to US$ 1,500 per month as a contribution to living expenses.
  • Visa: The intern is responsible for obtaining the necessary entry visa and arranging their travel to New York, as applicable.
  • Health/Medical insurance: Intern is required to hold valid health/accident insurance. UNICEF accepts no responsibilities for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship whether on or off UNICEF premises.
  • Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
  • Laptop: This intern will be expected to provide their own laptop.

Remarks

In addition to a cover letter and resume, please include links to any personal social coding accounts like: github, gitlab, linkedin, stackoverflow, codepen, medium.

Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified 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
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Social Affairs
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-21

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