UNICEF – In-person Internship with Inter-Agency and Humanitarian Partnerships (IAHP) section – Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS), Geneva, Switzerland (6 months)

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

UNICEF’s role in emergencies is to protect children and women, ensure the rigorous application of international standards covering their rights and provide them with assistance. UNICEF works with many partners to ensure that this assistance is reliable, effective and timely. While UNICEF integrates approaches to emergency programmes and policies throughout its divisions, the coordination of its humanitarian response is done by the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS). The Inter-Agency Humanitarian partnerships (IAHP) section deals with the humanitarian partnerships with other UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations, including International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), international and local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

How can you make a difference?

  • Support collection and analysis of data on the collaboration between UNICEF and IFRC at country, regional and global level. Prepare and update relevant factsheets, including key funding data for UNICEF’s top 20 partnerships with IFRC and national societies of Red Cross/Red Crescents.
  • Support the roll-out of the UNICEF-IFRC joint action plan and implementation of joint activities in pilot countries.
  • Support the work of the UNHCR/UNICEF Blueprint initiative within all aspects, including development of the UNICEF-UNHCR Global Partnership Framework.
  • Support the work of the IOM /UNICEF Collaboration Framework within all aspects of humanitarian action.
  • Support the inter-divisional consultations on the future Partnership Framework (in the lead-up and during the consultations, and follow-up); including preparing internal and external communication and other materials related to consultations and UNICEF-UNHCR partnership.
  • Assist in organizing and preparing events and meetings with IFRC, UNHCR and IOM.
  • Assist in developing web content in relation to UNICEF partnerships.
  • Attend and report on meetings, conferences and other events related to humanitarian partnerships (as assigned).
  • Any other task that is relevant to the work of the IAHP section.

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

Minimal Qualifications

  • Recently graduated within the past 2 years, or currently enrolled in, an advanced university degree in International Law, International Relations/Affairs, Political Science, Law, or Social sciences.
  • Fluency in English required; Knowledge of other UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • 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.

Desirable qualifications and skills

  • Interest in child rights, international law, humanitarian response.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience in organizing/coordinating events, meetings and/or conferences.
  • Excellent drafting skills (meeting minutes, notes, reports, communication materials).
  • Research, data analysis, data visualization and information management skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Zoom including conferencing.
  • Flexibility, diplomatic and teamwork skills, professional and personal integrity.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.


Duration: The selected candidate will undertake the full-time role for 6 months.

Location: Selected interns will be working full-time in Geneva, and will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns. Working hours at the duty station are from 9 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Geneva time.

Visa: The intern will be responsible for obtaining any visa required for them to travel to, live, and work in Switzerland; though the IAHP section will offer guidance on how to complete this process. No visa/travel will be required should the internship opportunity be exceptionally modified to become remote internship/home-based.

Stipend: In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, selected intern will be provided a monthly stipend to cover the duration of the candidate’s internship. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Insurance: For Geneva-based interns, 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 with coverage in Switzerland prior to starting his/her internship. Interns are subject to Swiss Law on Medical Insurance (LAMal) and will be required to enroll into a Swiss insurance under LAMal scheme as soon as they receive their Legitimation Card or to request an exemption from LAMal office provided that their insurance is equivalent to or has a better coverage than an insurance under LAMal scheme. More details will be communicated to the selected candidate in due time.

Mandatory Courses: Selected interns will be requested to complete online mandatory courses prior to commencement of the internship.

Equipment: UNICEF will provide IT equipment to the selected candidate as this is an in-person internship. Should the internship opportunity be exceptionally modified to become a remote/home-based internship, UNICEF will not provide IT equipment, nor will cover internet connectivity costs; the interns are expected to use their own equipment and have access to internet.

Leave: 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. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.


Qualified candidates are requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • Resume;
  • Cover Letter stating availability and motivation;
  • Recent university or institution records certificate (or a reference letter from the academic supervisor confirming a strong performance should the records certificate not be available at this stage); and
  • P11 form (the P11 can be downloaded from here: https://www.unicef.org/careers/documents/p11-form) or duly completed online application profile

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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

Job Application Remarks:

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

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to selected candidates who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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Job no: 555897
Contract type: Internship
Duty Station: Geneva
Level: Internship
Location: Switzerland
Categories: Emergency

Deadline: 20 Oct 2022 W. Europe Daylight Time