UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) – GCA, NYHQ: $1,700 monthly stipend +$1,000 towards travel

UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) - GCA, NYHQ

UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) – GCA, NYHQ

Job no: 564328
Contract type: Internship
Duty Station: New York
Level: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Communication

UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) – GCA, NYHQ

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 Intern

This paid internship is located in the Division of Global Communication and Advocacy. Under the supervision of the Advocacy Specialist, and working with the child health advocacy team, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting advocacy activities across the Global Advocacy Priority (GAP) on Child Health (vaccines, nutrition and primary healthcare).


This role aims to provide an opportunity be embedded into UNICEF’s child health advocacy team, to learn more about global advocacy and communications strategies, initiatives, and activities, while also providing ensuring the selected individual can undertake and lead on key tasks and projects to contribute to the team’s goals.

Key tasks during the internship will include:  

  • Supporting the coordination of meetings, webinars, and workshops, and producing relevant resources for these
  • Desk research and writing short advocacy briefs on child health topics
  • Attending and supporting planning meetings, partnership meetings and other internal events
  • Developing communications and reports for internal and donor updates
  • Working alongside the Creative Advocacy Lead on, support on pitch decks for advocacy and communications activities

To fill this role, we are looking for a student or recent graduate with a background in international development, public health or international affairs who sees themselves in an NGO/non-profit sector advocacy, policy or communications role in the future. A background in communications, advocacy, or related fields with demonstrable issue expertise in public health or international development is desirable.


If that sounds like you, apply by submitting your CV and a PPT presentation of no more than 5 slides, which answers the following questions (this is your cover letter, no other cover letter is necessary):

  • Who are you, why are you interested in doing an internship at UNICEF, and what do you hope to get out of it?
  • UNICEF’s global advocacy aims to secure public and political will for action on children’s health. We work with UNICEF offices around the world, including many donor governments who provide essential financing to support services to improve nutrition, vaccines, and children’s health in low-income countries.
  • In your PPT:
    • Please set out what you think are the reasons donors should continue to invest in children’s health?
    • Set out three activities or approaches you recommend that UNICEF can take to ensure children’s health is prioritized by governments.
    • Write an Instagram post in the voice of UNICEF’s Executive Director calling for investment in children’s health.  

Advice and application criteria: UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) – GCA, NYHQ

  • We’re looking for a ‘read deck’ not a ‘presentation deck’. You won’t be asked to give your PPT as a lecture, it’s more like a brochure to show us clearly why you are the best candidate for this position.
  • But we are not looking for an essay – keep the deck under 800 words.  
  • We are looking for advocates and great communicators, so make your copy shine as well as your creativity.
  • Send your PPT as a PDF only.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a relevant background in public health, global health, or international development. Experience in a prior NGO/non-profit role, especially in advocacy and communications, is an asset.
  • Excellent writing and research skills, including experience in writing short reports and briefing notes.
  • Expertise across Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel is required.  
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
  • 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.​​​​​​​
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience.

Additional Information

This is a paid internship with a monthly stipend of $1,700. The internship is based in UNICEF’s New York Headquarters in New York. Up to $1,000 will be available for travel to NYC and any visa costs should the applicant not currently be based in the city.

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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 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.

Remarks: UNICEF INTERNSHIP: Health GAP 1 Internship (full time, 26 weeks) – GCA, NYHQ

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages to apply all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities.

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. 

Advertised: 25 Jul 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 08 Aug 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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