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For every child, partnerships
To create a world where the rights of every child are realized, UNICEF builds meaningful partnerships with the public and the private sector, to advocate on behalf of children worldwide and to leverage resources for programmes in their support. Focusing on the public sector, UNICEF's Public Partnerships Division works to achieve two outcomes: 1) The rights and interests of children are effectively translated into policies, programmes, and budgets of public partners at all levels; and 2) Adequate, flexible and predictable resources are mobilized and leveraged to achieve results for children.
How can you make a difference?
The Europe Team in UNICEF's Public Partnerships Division in New York is looking for a university intern to support the team in shaping and building partnerships with assigned governments to achieve results for children worldwide. This is an exciting opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of the functioning of UNICEF and its work, from high-level political engagement to liaising with colleagues in the field and regional offices and across headquarters divisions. Under the direction of the Europe Team Senior Advisor or Manager, the intern will support various aspects of external relations, development and implementation of partner strategies and approaches for member states and respective thematic areas. Main tasks include:
1. Learn by supporting Partnership, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Strategies with Member States:Under the supervision of the Senior Advisor or Manager, contribute to the partnership, advocacy, and resource mobilization strategies for assigned Member States. Maintain up-to-date information on partner and income trends, analyze development assistance policies and keep resource partner profiles updated. Support implementation of engagement plans and activities with the objectives of (1) increasing core and quality resources; (2) identifying possible sources of new and continued funding; and (3) advocating for child rights with selected partner countries.
2. Learn by supporting the Senior Advisor and other senior management for their strategic engagement with government partners and international forums:Assist with the organization of partner consultations and other convenings with assigned partners. Support with preparing briefing notes and any other documentation required by Senior Management for visits to and from assigned partners. Participate in and summarize results from internal and external meetings with assigned resource partners. Assist the Senior Advisor or Manager in managing day-to-day contacts with partner headquarters, permanent missions in New York and capitals
3. Assist the Public Partnerships Division and UNICEF at large in partner engagement at multilateral fora.
4. Learn by supporting the Senior Advisor and the broader Europe Team, as required, in providing guidance to UNICEF Field Offices on various partnerships matters, including contribution management and donor recognition.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degree programme.Have an academic and experience background in Social Sciences or related field, including a relevant background and interest in international relations, development and humanitarian assistance, resource mobilization and external relations. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Good command of Microsoft Windows working environment and applications, Excel, ability to produce presentations. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency contexts is considered an asset. 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. Fluency in English and advanced knowledge another official UN language (particularly French or Spanish) is an asset. Additional consideration will be given to any past experience.
Modality: The internship is REMOTE on a full-time basis (35 hrs) and working hours are flexible and set-up in mutual discussion with the supervisor considering existing study commitments. 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.
Tentative start date: 1 September 2023 for 6 months (26 weeks). An internship may be terminated by either party, with a notice period of at least two weeks.
Salary/Payment: As per UNICEF guidelines, an intern will be paid a stipend of US $1,700 per month if based in New York or 70% of the monthly salary of the GS level 3 step 1 in other duty station if telework from outside. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
Insurance: UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start the internship with the Health Section.
Visa Requirements: Individuals are personally responsible for obtaining any required visa, covering the entire period of their internship. If necessary, UNICEF will support the process by providing relevant documents such as the proof of internship. For internships in the US, the candidate needs to be eligible for a G4 Visa, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), be a Green Card holder or US Citizen.
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