Internship – Emergency Preparedness and Response; Knowledge Management and Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction

UN Children's Fund, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th 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.


With over 689 million children living in the region, South Asia is a home to a quarter of the world’s children population. However, the region is highly exposed to multi-hazards including earthquakes, floods, droughts and landslides which puts the lives of many children at risk each year. The nature and frequency of disasters has been exacerbated by the increasing vulnerability and poverty, socio-economic transformation, rapid urbanization and political volatility. Climate change aggravates the situation by increasing the intensity, frequency and uncertainty of climatic events. For instance, in 2017, South Asia experienced one of the worst floods in decades affecting more than 41 million people (half of the being children) and killing over 2,000 people in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Similarly, India and Sri Lanka continue to face frequent risks of severe drought due to below average rainfall.

Disasters directly affect children rights to survival including the right to water, food and nutrition, sanitation health, education and protection. Therefore, children have the right to feel safe from disaster risk, to be protected during emergencies, and to take part in the planning of their own future. As enshrined in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC) children have the right to participate in activities that affect their life. Therefore, the Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) provides technical assistance to the country offices in the region to respond in aftermath of a disaster. Yet in this disaster-prone region, - investments in preparedness for disaster not only protect children and their caretakers from the impact of disasters but also contributes through strengthening national capacity development. With children being the most vulnerable and affected to disasters the Regional Office for South Asia in addition promotes child-centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) as part of the overall risk informed programming approach to secure a safe, resilient and sustainable future for children that also helps to reduce poverty and accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

While considerable progress has been made in strengthening EPR and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) - knowledge management, sharing of good practices and learning across the region remains an area to be strengthened. Therefore, there is an immediate need for strategic communication and knowledge management which engages all UNICEF country offices, other regions and HQ level to document and share ideas, comparative experiences to promote EPR and Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR). A draft knowledge management strategy needs to be further elaborated and rolled out whilst meanwhile supporting overall EPR and DRR work in the unit which will allow exposure to existing DRR & Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) platform, global and regional emergency network meetings, webinars and the community of practices.

Meanwhile, - emerging and/or protracted disasters ask full time attention ensuring that the needs of affected children are addressed. UNICEF humanitarian action caters for a broad spectrum of activities in Preparedness, Response and Disaster Risk Reduction through which the regional office provides support to 8 countries in South Asia ensuring tangible results for children at risk or faced with disasters.

Objectives of the Internship:

  • Enhance the educational experience of graduate students through practical and guided hands-on exposure and involvement in UNICEF Humanitarian and Development work across the South Asia Region aimed at strengthening community resilience;
  • Provide graduate students with an exposure to the working environment of a multilateral organization and a better understanding of UNICEF’s goals and activities in areas of emergency preparedness and response (EPR).

Expected results (measurable results):

Under the supervision of the Regional Emergency Advisor contribute to overall workplan of the ROSA Emergency Unit by further strengthening a systematic approach of information sharing and Knowledge Management for ROSA Emergency Section and country offices. Prepare thematic paper(s) on Youth in Emergencies and/or another selected core topic. Support overall EPR work which may include among others attending and reporting of emergency meetings and regional webinars; monitoring of developing situations etc.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Support overall core activities of the Emergency Unit as they relate to EPR and DRR. Use acquired insights to strengthen and further develop knowledge management approach.
  • Liaise with other sections and country offices to align emergency unit approach with regional knowledge sharing strategy and services.
  • Develop avenues, methods and tools to share information in an appropriate and effective way. Organize and/or roll out webinars, web portal, templates for sharing of comparative experiences, best practices and lessons learnt.
  • Support the country offices to develop case studies on EPR & DRR and develop new knowledge management products
  • Provide inputs on Regional Country Briefing Notes on EPR & DRR
  • Support regional office in preparing documents for workshops and trainings
  • Prepare a paper on Youth in Emergencies (working with and for young people in emergency setting in South Asia

Summary of Key Deliverables:

  • Knowledge Sharing Strategy, Standards and Services further advanced and finalized with inputs from country offices/ agreement – Review Conceptual Framework Document. Outline of paper on Youth in Emergencies prepared - End of first month
  • Review and make the necessary adjustment to the EPR& DRR Communication platform including populating country profiles with lessons learnt and good practices – Monthly basis
  • Prepare and share analysis on disaster trends, reports on disaster risks and monitor briefs in the region – Bi-weekly
  • Contribute to overall core activities of the Emergency Unit, among other support organizing monthly webinars and other meeting support as applicable - Continuous
  • Deliver end of internship report outlining progress, opportunities and challenges, next steps on knowledge management approach - One week before departure


  • UNICEF accepts no responsibility for costs or fatality arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship; therefore, the intern must have adequate medical insurance.
  • Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work.

Learning Opportunities for the Intern:

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the UNICEF programme in South Asia
  • Insight and hands-on experience on UNICEF related to communication and advocacy programme
  • Become more familiar with working in a United Nations / international organization and in a multicultural environment
  • Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

Education: Recently completed or currently pursuing a University Degree in international relations, development studies, politics, social science or a similar discipline

Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced research and analytical skills and the ability to synthesize data;
  • Familiarity with equity issues in the fields of emergency response, preparedness and disaster risk management;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Well-organized and able to present ideas in a concise and logical format, including proven ability to summarize lengthy and complex information into short and simple language.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity and enthusiasm;
  • Able to work well in a team environment;
  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, ask for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time;
  • Enthusiastic, creative and happy to take and learn from feedback.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English (written and spoken)


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