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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Youth
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-27

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Amman (Jordan)

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist and in cooperation with HQ, the intern will be the focal point for Voices of Youth Arabic (VOY A) platform and will lead the expansion of VOY A across the region.

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.



Voices of Youth Arabic (VOY A) offers an opportunity for meaningful digital engagement to young people in the region where such opportunities are limited. Voices of Youth Arabic is a safe and inclusive digital engagement platform for youth to express their thoughts, share their ideas and voice their concerns. Its main audience is Arab-speaking youth from the Middle East and North Africa. Launched on the 20th of November 2016, Voices of Youth Arabic has since attracted more than 220 bloggers from all over the region, with more than 600 blogs been published on topics as diverse as child marriage, environment, self-development, war and violence, science, education and many more.


The purpose of VOY A is threefold:

  1. To provide young people with a safe and inclusive space for self-expression;
  2. To offer young people a tool to improve their writing skills — every submission to VOY A is reviewed by the VOY A team at UNICEF MENARO and feedback is provided to authors;
  3. To facilitate feedback mechanism between adolescents and young people in the region and policy- and decision-makers at the national, regional and global levels- thus amplifying voices of youth and making them heard.

In January 2019, the new website for Voices of Youth Arabic has been launched.


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

  1. Be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate[1] or graduate school, or be a recent graduate[2];
  2. Be fluent in English and have advanced proficiency (reading, writing, speaking) in Arabic;
  3. Have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor; and
  4. Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister, uncle or aunt) working in any UNICEF office.

[1] Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

[2]  Applicants who have graduated within the past two years are considered recent graduates.

Purpose of the internship:

Under the direct supervision of the Communications Specialist and in cooperation with HQ, the intern will be the focal point for Voices of Youth Arabic (VOY A) platform and will lead the expansion of VOY A across the region.

Specifically, the intern will perform the following tasks:

  1. Daily maintenance and management of the VOY A website, including but not limited to: review of submissions to the website, feedback provision to authors, publishing of submissions and their promotion, update of the website and creation of youth-relevant content.
  2. Daily maintenance and management of VOY A social media channels (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others), including but not limited to: promotion of submissions, VOY A news announcements, sharing of opportunities for youth and adolescent engagement in the region, technical guidance posts on the use of the website.
  3. Promotion and awareness raising of VOY A platform among country offices, partners, donors and youth in the region.
  4. Conduct capacity-building sessions, webinars and develop materials to various audiences as required, including COs, partners and youth.
  5. Expansion of VOY A reach and membership and networks across the region,
  6. Production of monthly (English) and quarterly (Arabic) VOY A newsletters.
  7. Monitoring and evaluation of youth engagement on the website and social media channels to formulate effective strategies for further expansion.
  8. Establishment of a feedback mechanism between youth and decision-makers in the region,  
  9. Linking VOY A members to adolescents and youth opportunities in areas such as social participation, social and civic engagement, trainings, advocacy, etc. at national and regional levels.
  10. Compiling and sharing VOY A submissions for wider distribution via UNCEF MENARO and HQ social media channels.
  11. Initiating and moderating discussions among VOY A members on the website and social media channels.
  12. Updating and revising VOY A-related internal documents as required.
  13. Reporting of any technical problems related to VOY A website to HQ in a timely manner.


  • A first-level university degree in social sciences, politics, education, development, social/public policy, international affairs, public health or related field. A Master’s degree international development, social or political science, anthropology or other related and relevant field is a plus. 
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Native Arabic speaker; Excellent level of written and spoken English
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbal and written concepts in English and Arabic to young regional and international audiences.
  • Knowledge of issues related to young people in the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Experience in adolescent and youth programmes and in MENA region is an asset.
  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, asks for clarification when needed, adapt and to produce results on time.
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems in a multi-cultural environment.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, 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


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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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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