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Youth Environment Living Labs (YELL) Intern, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, 6 months (Open for Malaysians only)

Kuala Lumpur

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: Closed

Unicef Malaysia is currently looking for 2 interns to support the YELL (Youth Environment Living Lab) initiative, a collaborative program with a sister agency, UNDP.

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, hope

Together with the Malaysian government and others who are truly passionate about child rights, UNICEF works in Malaysia to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow healthy and happy; live safely; and achieve their full potential.

With the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the 11th Malaysia plan as our guides, we endeavor to change minds, change policies, and in turn change the lives of all children in Malaysia.

How can you make a difference? 


Under the overall supervision of the Climate and Environment Specialist (UNICEF) with day-to-day supervision by the Youth Environment Living Labs Coordinator, this internship is to support the Climate and Environment team in implementing the climate change and environment agenda, and the Youth Environment Living Labs (YELL) programme in particular. Furthermore, the intern will support UNICEF’s efforts to make children and young people a focus of climate change strategies and to empower children and young people with knowledge and skills to participate in climate and environmental action.

YELL is a joint programme by UNDP Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam and UNICEF Malaysia, supported by Amanah Lestari Alam (ALAM). YELL aims to localize climate narratives and strengthen the ecosystem for youth-led environmental action. It also strives to connect the past, present and future to provide context and networks for action. For more information on YELL, please refer to the website.

The purpose of this internship includes:
  • Support the ongoing work on young people’s engagement in climate action, both on- and offline, including desktop research, collecting inputs and feedback, mapping stakeholders, key activities and interventions, and documenting good practices and lessons learned reports.
  • Support the development and maintenance of the YELL website as an engagement tool.
  • Support the development and execution of virtual or physical engagement events that convene young climate and environment actors, including stakeholder engagement, development of event collaterals, virtual platform management, and other communications support.
  • Support the documentation and publicity of the work of young climate and environment actors.
  • Support partnership engagement initiatives, including facilitating timely communications, joint content development and joint event management.
  • Support the development and management of knowledge products on climate change, environment, disaster risk reduction as required.
  • Support the review process of climate and environment learning and educational materials such as collecting comments and suggestions, providing recommendations for improvements and strengthening actions.
  • Support the communication efforts in identifying key climate and environmental dates and developing key messages and communication materials, as well as building capacity of young climate advocates.
  • Other tasks that may arise related to the daily activities of the team, including recording meeting minutes and taking field notes.

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

We are looking for a dynamic person who has a strong interest in climate and environment, rights of young people, content creation, as well as a proactive attitude towards day-to-day challenges. Most importantly, you need to demonstrate your interest and passion about why you want to work with UNICEF and for children and young people.


  • Currently enrolled or graduated either in/from undergraduate level or graduate level school.
  • Prior experience in climate or environment is a requirement.
  • Prior experience in communications and advocacy would be a considerable asset.
  • Have experience in social media content production and digital engagement.
  • Familiar with web management; familiarity with WordPress CMS is preferred.
  • Familiar with graphic design, photography, audio editing, and other communication mediums preferred.
  • Excellent in verbal and written communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis, and strong writing and editing abilities).
  • Proficiency in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in Bahasa Malaysia.
  • Proficiency in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in other languages and dialects common in Malaysia preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team.
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired.


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) or undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the areas of Climate Science/Studies, Communications, Social Sciences, Civil/Mechanical/Environmental Engineering, Energy, Environmental Studies/Management, Economics, Public Policy, Sustainable Development or related field.
  • Demonstrable proof of excellent academic performance. Demonstrable excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis and strong writing abilities).
  • Demonstrable proficiency in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in Bahasa Malaysia or other dialects commonly used in Malaysia.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team.
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience is highly desired.

Conditions of the Internship:

  • The intern will receive UNICEF laptop and email account during the internship period.
  • The intern will receive a basic stipend according to UNICEF’s internal standard.
  • The intern is expected to work in UNICEF's office 4 days a week, with 3 of days a week in UNICEF's Putrajaya office and one day a week in UNICEF's Kuala Lumpur office.

For every Child, you demonstrate... 

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The candidate should possess the following competencies:
• Solid understanding and familiarity with climate change and environmental protection.
• Excellent communication skills including both written and verbal use of language.
• Ability to work well with people and in a team.
• High standard for quality of work and drive for results.
• Can-do attitude and have a positive outlook on challenges and trial and error at work.
• Quick learner and strong research skills.
• Enjoys creating and innovating.
• Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. 

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidate are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

This vacancy is now closed.
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