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Internship - Child Protection programme (Sri Lankans only)

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-29

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Under the overall guidance of the Child Protection Specialist, the intern will support the work of the section related to Justice for Children, Violence Against Children (VAC) and Alternative Care. Tasks will be assigned based on capacity and experience (eg. graduates will be assigned more responsible tasks than students)

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, how can you make a difference ?

The specific tasks include;

  • Support the documentation of the backlog clearance project of the Attorney General’s Department Child Protection Unit
  • Support the development of an action plan for the National Child Protection Policy
  • Participating in meetings with partners and preparation of notes of meetings
  • Research on specific subjects related to the above subject areas
  • Taking courses as per guidance provided by the Child Protection Team in Agora related to care and protection of children
  • Preparation of briefs, presentations, draft proposals and budgets
  • Compilation of reports related to projects with partners
  • Any other reasonable task assigned by the supervisor.


Learning opportunities for the intern:

  • General understanding of the mission of UNICEF, the main programmes implemented in Sri Lanka on child protection and the role of stakeholders and partners at national and sub-national level;
  • Insight and hands-on experience in UNICEF’s role in promoting children’s rights;
  • Insight and hands-on experience in organizing and running complex projects;
  • Becoming familiar with working in a United Nation’s agency and in a multicultural environment


 Expected outputs:

  • Work plan to be submitted on the first working day of every month during the internship period.
  • Monthly report on the implementation of the Workplan to be submitted on the last UNICEF working day of each month during the internship period, accompanied by deliverables produced during the month.
  • End of assignment report.


Duration: 3 months 


Remuneration -  A monthly stipend


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

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Education: Recent LLB graduate, Attorney at Law; law student reading for LLB or Attorneys; Post Advanced Level Students awaiting entry to University or Law School; other relevant degree with a demonstrated commitment to children’s rights.
  • Interest: Interest in development-related fields, humanitarian work, and children’s rights;
  • Language skills: Written and spoken proficiency in English and one of the National Languages (Sinhala / Tamil)
  • Good oral and written communications skills and demonstrated research abilities and interest
  • Internet proficiency as well as proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.


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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
    - Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF's working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority that the intern will report to.
  • Individuals must demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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 conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.



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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