Internship – Health Section, Programme Division, UNICEF, New York, # 530266

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 16 March 2020

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, an Equitable Chance in Life

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including preventable injuries and mental health, are a leading cause of death responsible for 71% or 41 million of all deaths globally. In addition, NCDs are no longer diseases of the rich. Closely linked to poverty, they have significant consequences that hamper social and economic development, worsen poverty and inequities, and negatively impact families, including children and adolescents.

For UNICEF, prevention of NCDs are critical components of children’s and adolescent’s right to health and development to their full potential. UNICEF’s new strategic plan revolves around the survive, thrive and transform agenda, which will entail a more integrated and holistic approach along the life cycle continuum of care for every child (0-19 years). As part of this, UNICEF is shaping a multi-sectoral agenda, internally and externally, to tackle the “causes of the causes” of diseases and ill-health, and working at international, national and local community levels.

How can you make a difference?

As part of UNICEF’s portfolio on NCDs UNICEF is developing a Chronic Care Model for prevention, early detection and management of chronic conditions including leading childhood NCDs, disabilities and developmental delays and chronic infectious diseases

As part of the work on the Chronic Care Model, UNICEF is currently developing a strategy to scale up access to essential medicines for chronic childhood conditions through leveraging its extensive resources and experience in the Supply Division

As part of its work on Health in Emergencies, UNICEF has also been involved in procurement, supplies and service provision for NCDs management in Yemen as part of its humanitarian response. We are currently analyzing and distilling this experience into various knowledge products including case studies, publications.

Main responsibilities and duties

UNICEF HQs in New York is seeking an intern to support activities for the three areas of work and others as they may arise:

Support to research, planning and program development, such as conduct and support literature reviews to inform the three areas of work and support writing, editing and revision of case studies, reports and publications on the three areas of work as needed.

Program development, management, and monitoring, such as provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by preparing materials/documentations to support program planning, results-based planning and monitoring and evaluating results. Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/share information on the three areas of work. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned. Participate in program reviews and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by management and other stakeholders.

Innovation and knowledge management, such as to identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and knowledge sharing. Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.

Benefits to Intern:

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. NCDs are an emerging important area in global health which will only increase in importance in the near future. The intern will have the opportunity for hands-on learning about the global and national policies, actors and approaches, and will contribute to the development of programming for a leading UN agency in this area. Skills to be gained include research, strategic management and knowledge management.

Location: The internship will be based in UNICEF HQ and it is not expected that the intern will travel during the assignment period.

Duration: This will be a full/part time internship and the duration will be for 3 to 6 months (maximum allowable 26 weeks)

Payment:In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.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 enrollment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work with the Nutrition Section.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work with hiring section and report to the supervisor of this internship. The intern is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

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

Be enrolled in a graduate or Ph.D. degree program or have graduated within the past two years in the area of Public Health, Global Health, Population Health Experience with programming/advocacy for non-communicable diseases is an added advantage Written and spoken fluency in English is required.

Minimum Requirements:

Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD). It should also state the expected graduation date. Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion. Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance Copy of Identification Card (ID) One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

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

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

This vacancy is archived.

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