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Home-based internship on Accountability to Affected Populations with the Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva (6 months from January 2021)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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The Community Engagement and Accountability Unit in the Office of Emergency Programmes - Geneva, is looking for an intern to support the team's work on the Accountability to Affected Populations Roadmap. The internship will last for 6 months from January 2021 and will be remote.

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, accountability


As UNICEF, we are strongly committed to putting affected families, children and adolescents at the centre of our work, as reflected in the UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, the IASC commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), as well as the Grand Bargain “participation revolution” commitment. These are central elements for improving the quality and effectiveness of our humanitarian and development programmes, and ensuring affected populations can fulfil their rights to participate and be heard.

In May 2018, UNICEF Regional and HQ Directors adopted a business case and roadmap to scale up AAP across the organisation. The initiative contributes to the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021 by supporting humanitarian action to “more systematically focus on community engagement and accountability to affected people”.

The Community Engagement and Accountability Unit in the Office of Emergency Programmes - Geneva, is leading the implementation of the AAP roadmap globally. The Unit ensures a systematic and coherent organization-wide approach to AAP is embedded in existing processes and systems; so that it becomes an integral part of good-quality programming in development and humanitarian situations alike. It supports the application of AAP approaches at the regional and country level and since 2020 co-leads the Risk Communication and Community Engagement pillar of the global response to COVID-19, together with IFRC and WHO.

How can you make a difference?

The Intern will report to the Senior Adviser, Community Engagement and Accountability and will work in strict collaboration with members of the Community Engagement and Accountability team.


Working conditions:

  • Duration: The internship will last 6 months, starting in January 2021.
  • Location, working hours and equipment: The internship will be home-based. The intern will work full-time remotely with UNICEF EMOPS in Geneva, Switzerland, and will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns. UNICEF will not provide IT equipment, nor will cover internet connectivity costs. The intern is expected to use their own equipment, and have access to internet.
  • Working hours: working hours at the duty station are from 9 a.m. till 06:00 p.m. Geneva time. Intern should be available online during given hours for any meetings/team discussions and would normally adopt those hours as working hours unless, due to time difference, other hours are agreed with the hiring section during the interview.
  • Stipend: A monthly remuneration equivalent to $1,700 will be provided.
  • Leave: Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.
  • Terms and conditions:
    • Interns are not staff members. Notwithstanding this status, interns shall observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions and procedures and directives of UNICEF.
    • Interns shall respect the impartiality and independence required of UNICEF and shall not seek nor accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to UNICEF.
    •  Unless otherwise authorized by the hiring office, interns may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, government or any external source any information which has become known to them by reasons of their association with UNICEF. They may not use any such information without the written authorization, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations do not lapse after the end of the internship.
    •  Interns shall refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF and not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of UNICEF.
    • The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such. Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of internship. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in the field of International Relations/Affairs, Political Science, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Communications.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fluent in English. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.
  • Have strong 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 which the intern will report to.
  • 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.

For this internship, the competencies are: 

  • Communication – Effectively presents thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts, in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner, both verbally and in writing. Listens to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – able to work well in a team environment.
  • Technical – Very good analytical skills and ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts.
  • Managing resources – Organizes and manages information to achieve defined goals and optimum results.
  • Flexibility – Works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapts to changing demands and circumstances.
  • Ability to work independently.

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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. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Interns are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. Selected candidate will be required to provide a proof of medical and accident coverage valid for the duration of the internship and will be asked to complete the mandatory online trainings. 


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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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