Paid Migration Internship, UNICEF – Geneva, Switzerland

Work type: Consultancy, Internship
Location: Switzerland
Categories: Internship

Migration is a new area of work for UNICEF in Europe and Central Asia, and UNICEF is committed to protect and uphold the rights of all children affected by migration. To support its programmatic objectives, UNICEF ECARO is seeking a qualified Migration Programme Intern. The Intern will contribute to regional knowledge generation and documentation of good practices and lessons learned on cross-sectoral interventions for children left behind or otherwise affected by migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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, a safe home

Child migration takes on different faces in the Europe and Central Asia Region. There are children making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossings from North Africa and the Middle East. There are children who have made it to Europe, but find themselves trapped in limbo as the borders ahead of them close. There are the children who are left behind across the Region by parents who have made the difficult decision to migrate to lift their family out of poverty. Migration can present opportunities for better life (better education, economic opportunities, etc.), but all too often it leads to negative consequences for children’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, or risks of violence and exploitation.

UNICEF is working for the realization of the rights of all children affected by migration, wherever they are, regardless of their origins or their parents’ migration status.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Regional Advisor (Migration), the Migration Programme Intern will be responsible for reviewing existing UNICEF programmatic documents such as Country Programme Documents and Country Annual Reports in selected countries, and supporting the documentation of good practices and lessons learned from UNICEF programmatic interventions on children left behind by migrating parents.

More specifically you will:

  • Assist with the review of available UNICEF country programme documents such as Country Programme Documents, Country Annual Reports and other programmatic documents in the areas of child protection, social policy and education, relating to UNICEF interventions in support to children left behind by migrating parents in selected countries during the course of the past five years
  • Support mapping and compiling relevant examples of UNICEF programmatic interventions related to children left behind by migrating parents, as well as other relevant policy or programme-related interventions on children left behind in selected countries
  • Support analysis and documentation of good practices and lessons learned related to programmatic interventions for children left behind by migrating parents
  • Support other programmatic activities related to children affected by migration, as needed.

Additional Functional and Technical Competencies Required:

  • Strong communicator with good interpersonal skills.
  • Technical skills in research and analysis, as well as proven writing skills
  • An understanding and interest for migration, child rights, equity and social welfare issues in Europe and Central Asia is desired.
  • Able to work quickly and effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high levels of quality and productivity.
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.
  • The availability to commit to the internship for a minimum of 2 months (full-time).

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Psychology, Migration or other related technical field
  • A minimum of 1 year of relevant professional experience is not a requirement but it is considered an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with development work is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another language spoken in the region (e.g. Russian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Serbo-Croatian, etc.) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Please attach a writing sample in English as part of your application.

Advertised: W. Europe Daylight Time
Applications close: W. Europe Daylight Time

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