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The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.
To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme or have graduated within the past two years; and
• Good oral and written skills in English is required, knowledge of Portuguese or French is an asset
• Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications
• Experience working with children / youth organisations is an advantage.
• Relevant communication skills (verbal and written)
• Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
How can you make a difference?
Purpose of the internship:
UNICEF is supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau, in collaboration with its partners, to promote child rights, knowledge, behaviour and social change for children, with particular focus on disadvantaged communities.
Through its Behaviour and Social Change component, UNICEF programme is supporting the Government of Guinea-Bissau, non-governmental organizations, and community leaders to promote child rights and conduct positive social and behaviour change activities at different levels of the society in Guinea-Bissau.
Social & Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) is one of the key strategies used by UNICEF to put children at the forefront of the public agenda and to foster an open dialogue on child rights among decision makers, partners, children, adolescents, and communities. UNICEF uses social & behaviour change communication to accelerate programme results, raise awareness on the rights of the child, promote the adoption of positive behaviours and social norms, and the creation of enabling environments where children can survive, thrive, learn, and develop their full potential. UNICEF uses various communication and non-communication approaches to ensure that children are at the center of all its interventions, which include community & adolescent engagement, social mobilization, human-centered design, collective change.
UNICEF has been progressively investing in adolescent and youth engagement including programming with and for adolescents to help them develop and reach their full potential. The purpose of this internship is to give the opportunity to young graduates to build the skills, assets, and competencies they need to make a successful and productive transition to the professional life.
The intern will be working under the supervision of UNICEF Social & Behaviour Change Officer, who is under the Deputy Representative, in close collaboration with the Communication section.
While carrying out the tasks assigned to him/her, the intern will acquire relevant experience and build/enhance his/her capacity in SBC and in cross-cutting support to the following programmes sections; Child Survival, Child Protection and Education. He/she will be involved in;The development, dissemination, and monitoring of SBCC content in UNICEF supported media platforms. The planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision of UNICEF supported campaigns such as the COVID campaign, Back to School, Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention campaign (QPS) etc., and other activities, as needed. The co-creation process for the development of contextualized community engagement tools. The SBC capacity enhancement activities for communication implementing partners. The organization of advocacy events such as Youth mobilization meeting and related activities The development of a UNICEF Branded image banks for social & behaviour change purposes. The implementation of AAP activities. Any other activity deemed relevant for the intern’s learning journey.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For this purpose, UNICEF Guinea Bissau is opening an internship opportunity for a dynamic and dedicated student in communication to perform the above-mentioned tasks.
Conditions of work:
Type of engagement: full time.
Location: Office-based, office space and computer to be provided.
Travel: Service provision will include field trips to UNICEF project sites within the country and communities in which UNICEF is present. Whenever travel may be required, a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be paid, in accordance with the UN staff regulations and rules.
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
UNICEF competencies required for this post are...
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.
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 from underrepresented groups 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.