Internship: Youth Engagement (GEN U), New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Closing date: Friday, 18 June 2021

Internship: Youth Engagement, Generation Unlimited (GEN U), New York (July - September 2021)

Job no: 540979

Position type: Internship

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Programme Division

Department/Office: Generation Unlimited (YPA) secretariat

Categories: Internship

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 has partnered with leading public and private organizations to launch a global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, aged 10-24. Generation Unlimited (GenU) is centered on finding new ways to help every young person to get into school, learning, training or employment by 2030 with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.

GenU brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people. The partnership will identify, co-create, resource and scale-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Effective programmes will be matched with financing and technical support; investors will find viable solutions to invest in and strong accountability mechanisms that provide adequate assurance of results and fiscal management; and young people will participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising and helping implement at every step of the way.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Sub-team Lead (Country Support; Youth Engagement; or Knowledge Management) and oversight from the Senior Adviser of Planning and Programmes, the intern will support the various work streams of programme planning, development, and implementation. Depending on the sub-team, this will entail working in ensuring that young people are proactively and meaningfully involved in the decision-making processes of GenU at a global, regional and country level, curating and generating knowledge, and supporting development of technical support and guidance for country teams.

Main duties and responsibilities:

By supporting the Programme team of Generation Unlimited, you will:

Contribute to the implementation of the Annual Work Plan of the Programme team of Generation Unlimited.

Support with data compilation and analysis of global initiatives for purposes of informing the GenU Strategic Plan.

Support the strengthening and further development of internal databases and engagement platforms, such as the knowledge exchange, YouthForesight, YouthLEAD, etc.

Assistance in developing proposals, briefing notes, concept notes, presentations, reports, and advocacy materials for the Programme Pipeline.

Support rapid literature reviews and other desk-based research tasks to inform programmes, as needed

Support development of country guidance as per collected lessons and best practices.

Support the ideation, planning, and rollout of GenU webinars, workshops, and events etc.

Support the implementation of GenU’s Workstreams:

Workstream 2: Scaling up online/remote learning, skilling and livelihood platforms

Workstream 3: Boosting entrepreneurial skills and programmes

Tags data analysis entrepreneurship human resources internship knowledge management natural disasters programme planning

Workstream 4: Youth as Changemakers

Support the strengthening and further development of GenU’s portals, including the Entrepreneurship Portal.

Support the strengthening and further development of a comprehensive outreach database of partner organizations, aligned initiatives, and upcoming resource prospects for use by the GenU Programme team.

Support GenU Country Support, Knowledge Management, and Youth Engagement teams on any other matters as necessary.

Benefits to Intern:

Learn about UNICEF’s mandate in young people’s development and how Generation Unlimited engages and collaborates with partners, regions and countries.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Be enrolled in or having just completed a graduate academic programme

Have interest and/or experience (academic or practical) in working in public policy, international development, initiatives including adolescents and youth in development or humanitarian contexts.

Strong writing skills required. Ability to synthesize and craft concept notes and compelling pitch decks for youth-related programmatic initiatives highly desired.

Knowledge of research, qualitative data analysis, visualization, knowledge management strongly preferred.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct

further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


Payment Methodology: Monthly stipend in line with UNICEF policy.

Other Requirements:

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

This internship will be remote or based at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York, depending on agreement. Due to the current situation, the intern is initially expected to work remotely. There is no anticipated travel expected.

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

GEN U is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure that provides strategic guidance and oversight to its investments. GEN U’s day-to-day activities are carried out by a Secretariat under the direction of the Generation Unlimited, Director.

Advertised: Jun 03 2021 Eastern Daylight Time Application close: Jun 17 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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