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INTERNSHIP | Youth and Adolescent Section, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-20

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The Youth & Adolescent Development Intern will work from the UNICEF Zonal Office in Rio de Janeiro/RJ, 20h per week (4h a day: from Monday through Friday).

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, rights

UNICEF Brazil country programme (2017-2021) includes four major programmatic areas of focus: (1) social inclusion; (2) strengthening public policies to better reach the most vulnerable; (3) protection from the worst forms of violence; and (4) citizen (including adolescent) engagement.

At field level, UNICEF Brazil utilizes two major initiatives to achieve results for children: the UNICEF Municipal Seal and the Urban Centers initiative. In urban centers, UNICEF works with a focus on reducing intra-municipal inequalities, specially dialoguing and engaging with adolescents from vulnerable areas of the cities. In an integrated way, UNICEF and partners cooperate with the government level in different thematic areas as violence prevention, scholar inclusion, safe and inclusive mobility, youth employability, selfcare and self steam promotion. Those are some key issues that UNICEF has worked in its communication and advocacy strategy to influence decision makers and general public perception.


How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Brazil recognizes this affirmative internship to contribute programmatically to achieve the initiative`s objective, promoting integration and access of youth from disadvantaged groups in its own institutional space. In addition, is key to a better understanding regarding the social and community context of the territories object of the project.

The intern’s participation will include provision of support in technical areas and learning under the supervision of the Youth & Adolescent Development Officer. The intern’s tasks are listed below according to the programme specifications:

  • Engage with youth groups.
  • Support the design and implementation of activities with adolescents, such as focus groups, developed directly by UNICEF or via implementing partners.
  • Participate in meetings between UNICEF staff and local authorities.
  • Support the mobilization and training of technicians and public managers with a focus on the inclusion of the most vulnerable adolescents.

Benefits offered to the candidate by the affirmative action internship:

  • Knowledge about UNICEF actions and programmes that are being implemented in partnership with other international organizations, government and non-governmental institutions within the working field of social sciences, humanities, health and educational public policies and other related study areas;
  • Opportunity to gain professional work experience with an international organization and put into practice theories learned during education;
  • The intern will be allowed to join in official trips; costs will be covered by UNICEF.


Modality: Paid (monthly stipend of BRL 1,500) - Part-time


The Youth & Adolescent Development Intern will work from the UNICEF Zonal Office in Rio de Janeiro/RJ, 20h per week (4h a day: from Monday through Friday).


Duration: 6 months


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will…

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • No immediate relatives working for any UNICEF.
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree program in Urban Planning, Social Sciences, Geography, Education, Communications, Psychology or other related field or be a recent graduate (within past two years).
  • Strong academic performance or letter of recommendation.
  • Be part of a disadvantage group (black race, brown race, indigenous, sexual minority, disabled, among others) including low income.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications and Microsoft Office is required.
  • Experience with mobilization of adolescents and/or young people is required (experience may have been developed voluntarily and / or within community organizations, civil society organizations, public services and university projects).
  • Experience with community work in vulnerable areas is an asset.
  • Experience in projects related to professionalization and access to the labour market is an asset.
  • Knowledge about Human Rights is desirable.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills such as the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, team work and pro-activity. 
  • Demonstrate commitment with the United Nations values and principles.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are Creating and Innovating; Relating and Networking and Planning and Organizing.

View our competency framework at

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.



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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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