Internship: Review Research and Evidence

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st June, 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.

In particular, inclusion of children with disabilities has been addressed within a specific result under Goal Area 5 “Every Child Has an Equitable Chance in Life”, which focuses on the provision of accessible and inclusive programmes and services to facilitate f​​ull participation of girls and boys with disabilities in society. Moreover, strong reference to inclusion is also made through disaggregation of data by disability under Goal Area 2 “Every Child Learns”; Goal Area 3 “Every child is protected from violence and exploitation”; and Goal Area 4 “Every Child Lives in a Safe and Clean Environment”.​

Under the new OMP 2018-2021, the Disability Section will be structured in 3 programme areas: 1) Inclusive programmes for children with disabilities; 2) Global leadership on the rights of children with disabilities; and 3) Disability inclusive organization. Working with partners across the organisation as well as through compacts with Country and Regional offices to build the basis for basis for strengthened results for children with disabilities, the Section will concentrate efforts to advance progress in the following areas: strengthen collection and analysis of disability data; engage in social/behavior change initiatives to combat stigma and discrimination; and increase national capacity to deliver disability inclusive programmes at scale, including in humanitarian contexts, with a focus on early identification and intervention, inclusive education, accessible WASH and deinstitutionalization and social protection.

For every child, an Equitable Chance in Life:

To support the process of updating the Fact Sheet - Children with disabilities so UNICEF and other stakeholders such as UN agencies, children’s organizations, and organizations of persons with disabilities, have the most recent reliable data and evidence, strengthening the integrity, legitimacy and relevance of advocacy and programming for children with disabilities.

As the original document was developed in 2013, there has been a lot of development in the disability field and more information has become available on topics that were not covered previously. Taking this into consideration, the intern will focus on updating facts on the topics that are currently in the publication and suggesting new facts for the topics that will be added. Materials will be provided by UNICEF.

How can you make a difference?

  • Review research and resources provided by the team, pull out valid data, conclusions/findings, innovations in the sector, examples of laws, policies or programmes, evidence of good practices, findings from consultations with children with disabilities, including references and hyperlinks - include these in a matrix and submit to the Disability team. (26 days)
  • Review and make changes based on remarks, edits or comments from the Disability team. (4 days)
  • Present the final matrix. (1 day)
  • The matrix should follow UNICEF guidance on how to make documents accessible, and guidance on inclusive communication and terminology.

Benefits to intern:

  • Experience in research and analysis.
  • Knowledge of challenges and good practices in the realization of the rights of children with disabilities.
  • Experience in working for a UN agency.

Salary/Payment: In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend on prorated bases accordingly. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


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. If accepted, the intern 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.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work at UNICEF House, New York.  S/he will work with hiring section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

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 in the area of social sciences or other relevant studies.
  • Strong writing, analytical, research and organizational skills;
  • Experience from Disability rights advocacy, including at national and global level.
  • Knowledge of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
  • Experience conducting and supporting research, including on the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to absorb a great amount of information and pull out key messages/findings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience from working with persons with disabilities is an asset.
  • Knowledge of knowledge management tools for research is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD).  It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • Copy of their most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance
  • Copy of Identification Card (ID)
  • One letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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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