Internship to Support Child Protection Knowledge Management

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th 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, protection


UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

The Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO) is a hub for information, technical expertise, oversight and coordination for UNICEF Country Offices. It also supports these offices in their efforts to raise much-needed resources. Specialist advisers based in Amman, Jordan help develop programmes in health and nutrition, child protection, adolescent development, education, water and sanitation, social policy and emergency preparedness. They also provide technical oversight and support for financial management, communication, planning, and programme monitoring and evaluation.

Across the region, we are working closely with governments, civil society partners, research institutions, private sector and other UN agencies to build strong child protection systems to prevent and mitigate harm for children and to ensure that if and when they are harmed they get the needed care and protection to recover. We provide technical and financial support to reforming national polices and laws to align them with international standards, strengthen service delivery systems, support monitoring systems and data generation for evidence-based interventions, leverage funds and expertise and raise awareness on protection issues among both children themselves and other key duty bearers such as governments and care-givers.


Under the supervision of the CP Specialist in the Child Protection Section, the primary purpose of this internship is to strengthen UNICEF’s work in the MENA region on knowledge management across the region and the work of the regional office.


  • Strengthen knowledge management on CP across the MENA Region
  • Support development of a knowledge management strategy for the MENA Regional Office Child Protection section

How can you make a difference?

  • Strengthen knowledge management on CP across the MENA Region
  • Knowledge management is critical to connect practitioners to share and learn from one another and to achieve improvements in results. There is a need to further strengthen knowledge management on Child Protection through documentation of lessons learned and good practices in order to highlight the work being done and increase shared learning.
  • This internship will focus on two aspects of this work: 1) conduct consultations with Country Offices on knowledge management needs and gaps; 2) support documentation of lessons learned and good practices across the MENA region.
  • Support development of a knowledge management strategy for the MENA Regional Office Child Protection section
  • The Child Protection section in the MENA Regional Office has identified knowledge management as an area of priority in 2019. However, a strategy has not been developed for integrating this into the work that is done on a consistent and efficient manner.
  • This internship will work with the CP team to develop a draft knowledge management strategy through consultation with other sections that have gone through this process and engagement with relevant colleagues in the regional office. The activities will aim at improving the knowledge management environment by enabling collaboration, capturing, storage, sharing and use of knowledge.

Other Tasks

It is anticipated that other activities could be incorporated into the internship work plan based on the interest and agreement of the Intern. This could include engagement and support to the Jordan Country Office programming, to research on child marriage in humanitarian settings, or other areas of work within the regional Child Protection team.

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will:

Expected background and Experience

  • Be enrolled in an advanced/undergraduate university degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent in public health, the social sciences or other relevant field related to child protection (completed or in progress).
  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of child protection;
  • Ability to collect, collate and analyse data in an efficient and effective manner;
  • Analytical, methodical and precise style of writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking;
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals;
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrates leadership or supervisory skills; coordinates group activities; experience in a leadership or supervisory role an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships;
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives;
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments;
  • Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; supports team- and department-wide activities;
  • Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization;
  • Fluency in English required; Knowledge of Arabic 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.


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