UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. The UNICEF Office in Armenia is the main counterpart with the Government in supporting the fulfilment of the Child’s Rights obligations in Armenia
Background and context
UNICEF in Armenia is cooperating with a wide range of actors and partners, including children and their families, ministries, local governments, parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, the mass media, regional and international organizations and professionals working with children.
Main directions of the activities of the UNICEF Armenia in 2020 include support to development of legislation right of the child to live in a family and deinstitutionalisation, identification, protection and response to violence against children, access to justice for children, as well as overall reform of the child rights legislation, including development of a concept for the new Law on Child Rights and respective amendments in the legislation.
Overall purpose of the assignment
- Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist and CRM/M&E Specialist, the interns will be engaged in the process of desk research, preparing documents and finding data to support CRM/M&E Specialist and the Access to Justice Programme Officer and the team of experts working on development of the concept of the Law on the Child Rights, amendments to the Family Code, Civil Code and other relevant laws and secondary legislation., as well as secondary legislation to be developed based on the amendments in the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes.
- The interns will support the Access to Justice Programme Officer in tasks and inputs related to UNICEF’s support to criminal justice reform and development of secondary legislation.
- In addition to these tasks, ad hoc tasks might be requested to support the general work of the team.
- The UNICEF hiring unit staff is committed to providing the intern with the training, guidance and support necessary to complete the below duties and responsibilities effectively and within the internship period. This will include, but not be limited to, scheduled meetings to assess output progress.
Major tasks to be accomplished
The Interns will support the following areas of work. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Research and find relevant materials on child rights legislation, case law, soft law, standards and best practices;
- Edit texts as necessary;
- Translate texts from and into English and Armenian if needed;
- Participation in working meetings and discussions related to the task;
- Providing support on additional tasks as required.
Benefits to Intern
- As part of the Child Protection and Child Rights Monitoring/Monitoring and Evaluation sections at UNICEF CO in Armenia, the interns will be introduced to work across other programmes of the organization and partner collaboration. The interns will learn about and participate in research, policy and programme discussions. The interns will get a better sense of how UNICEF CO operates in Armenia and worldwide.
- The interns will be based in the office in Armenia, working mainly distantly and coming to meetings as requested. It is not expected that the intern will travel during the assignment period.
- The selected persons will work for a period of 3 months from 1 October to 31 December 2020. The internship is also subject to extension for 1 or 2 more month based on the progress of tasks.
- In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of AMD55,000 per month. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
- 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 enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work with the Section.
- If accepted, the interns will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.
- The interns should use his/her personal computer during the length of the internship.
Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in the area of Law;
- Fluency in English and Armenian is required;
- Excellent understanding and knowledge of software such as, but not limited to, Microsoft Office applications, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
- Experience in the areas of justice for children, child rights, child protection, personal data protection is a plus
- Strong research and analytical skills and ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts;
- Strong writing skills and ability to present complex information in a concise and understandable manner. Experience in articles or publications is an advantage.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Other Requirements and Eligibility
Selected Interns must be at least 18 years old and should submit:
- Verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programme or is a recent graduate (2 years after degree completion is considered as recent). It should also state the expected graduation date.
- Copy of the most recent official transcript showing strong academic performance.
- One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address.