Intern - Human Resources Business Partner for Emergencies

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th May, 2019

Job Description

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 chance.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

How can you make a difference?

The Division of Human Resources (DHR), based in New York HQ, would like to engage an Intern to support the HR Business Partner team (Emergencies Cone). The intern will specifically support the team in sourcing candidates to enhance talent management initiatives for surge and fast track recruitment. Working under the direct supervision of the HR Manager, the Intern will support the Emergencies Cone in the development and successful implementation of HR initiatives related to recruitment and deployment of staff in emergency country offices.

Other specific tasks will include:


  • Work in close coordination with the sourcing team to conduct humanitarian workforce support in the building of a data platform to enhance sourcing activities monitoring and workflow.
  • Engage in employer branding and sourcing activities to attract external candidates.

Workforce Planning

  • Analyze, research, verify, and compile data which facilitates the preparation of workforce planning reports for the supervisor to review against benchmarks.
  • Compile and analyze information and statistics related to posts and staff for reports on staffing trends.
  • Collect, interpret and analyze HR recruitment data to help strategize the Emergencies Cone sourcing processes.

Additional Support

  • Advertise vacancies per the job profiles/Terms of Reference (ToRs), and support sourcing and outreach activities (including follow up on Job Classification information).
  • Draft requisitions and vacancy announcements in the Talent Management System for positions within the Emergencies portfolio for review by the supervisor and HR Specialist to attract ideal candidates.
  • Review applications, contact candidates when needed, prepare candidate matrix and initial shortlist based on the selection criteria.
  • Liaise with candidates in the various stages of the recruitment process.
  • Record and maintain recruitment files, ensuring all necessary documentation has been completed in the Talent Management System.

Support in other projects as defined with the supervisor.

  • Duration: The team is seeking to engage a full-time with an immediate start date for a period of four (4) months.
  • Location: The internship will be based in the NY headquarters office in the Division of Human Resources (DHR).
  • Salary/Payment: In accordance to UNICEF's guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work; part-time internship will be paid accordingly. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.
  • Insurance: 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 UNICEF.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate university degree in Human Resources, Social Sciences, Communications, Information Technology, Information Management, International Relations or any other related/relevant field.
  • A relevant background in data management.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of MS Office is required (Excel in particular); knowledge of web-based applications/platforms and data display measurement and reporting tools (e.g. Power BI) is considered a strong asset.
  • Strong analytical and drafting skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required and a strong asset for this role.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills is an asset.
  • 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 core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

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


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