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For every child!
Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.
UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.
In particular, UNICEF will work so that:Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food. Every child learns. Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth. Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Communication Specialist, the intern will learn by providing support to media and communication work in the Advocacy and Communication Section in the Pakistan Country Office. The media & Communication Intern will focus on the following:Learn by supporting in Writing/assisting field stories for PCO website and donor reports – Documenting human interest stories and testimonies of children, women and community members benefitting from UNICEF-supported projects under various programmatic activities in coordination with programme colleagues in Islamabad and provincial offices. Learn by supporting in Coordinating collection of digital assets for PCO – In coordination with UNICEF consultant photographers, identify and support collection of digital assets – high resolution photos, video b-roll, piece to camera and audio quotes in field locations where UNICEF is supporting child centric activities. Support selection of the digital assets, captioning of photographs, shot listing video b-roll, and uploading selected items to UNICEF WeShare. Learn by supporting in Field visits - assist in planning, coordinating and implementing field visits by Natcoms, senior management and visiting officials, and media teams. Learn by supporting in Updating media database - prepare and/or update existing media lists including all important national and international, print and electronic media houses, journalists covering UN and UNICEF’s humanitarian and development work.
Learn by supporting in Media engagement - Assist in preparation of press releases and media advisories, and help ensure their appropriate and wide dissemination. Also coordinate with the media monitoring company to ensure that coverage is well reflected in the daily media monitoring report and the monthly analysis. Learn by supporting in Supporting UNICEF events - Assist in planning and executing public and official events in coordination with vendors engaged for event management. Ensure UNICEF and where required, Government and donor visibility at events and their appropriate projection through print and electronic media. Learn by supporting in donor visibility efforts documenting stories, organizing donor visits, video coverage and documentation of project activities. Learn by supporting in the preparation of communication products including fact sheets, briefs, presentations and other public information documents
Deliverables and Schedules:At least 3 human interest stories documented in the field (800 words) with high-resolution photographs At least 15 short testimonies of children/adolescents with their portraits (50 to 100 words). Support the organization of at least three field missions to collect digital assets. Help select images, and captions and upload them to WeShare. At least 100 to 150 images. Support donor field visits as and when required. Update media lists. Support drafting and editing of media-related documents as per the supervisor’s advice. Assist with UNICEF events as and when required. Manage printing of branded materials and donor visibility items as per respective branding guidelines. Produce/assist in the preparation of communication products as and when advised by the supervisor.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Required advanced knowledge of the following:
Working knowledge of the newspaper and electronic media industries. Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills. Proofreading and editing skills. Ability to create, compose and edit written materials. Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Ability to prioritize work and complete tasks with quick turnaround. Ability to work collaboratively with a team. Good attention to detail, creativity, analysis, and focus. High motivation to learn.
Desirable additional qualificationsVoluntary work experience with a UN agency or an INGO in the humanitarian field. Knowledge of UNICEF programmes and activities an asset. Knowledge of the media landscape in Pakistan is an asset. Photography skills.
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
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.
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. Female intern 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 interns will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.