Internship with Migration and Displacement Hub

United Nations Children's Fund

New York, United States of America

The UNICEF Migration Team based in the Programme Group is recruiting an intern to support across different programmatic areas in support of the Headquarters’ functions on coordination, knowledge management, policy and programming guidance and partnerships.

Based in New York, the Intern will support the Knowledge Management Specialist and the Programme Specialist on global coordination of UNICEF action across HQ, regional and country offices, by supporting the coordination of the Hub’s capacity building trainings and events,  UNICEF’s Global Migration Practise Group, by working with Regional and Country Offices to produce a monthly global newsletter, by supporting data analysis and visualization as well as providing background research and analysis upon demand – covering topics such as climate change and displacement, solutions for internal displacement, and inclusion of migrant and displaced children into national health, education, social protection and child protection systems. In particular, the intern will support in the design, planning and execution of a high-level global convening on climate-related displacement and children to strategically position children on the move within the lobal climate change discourse.  

The intern will also support the Knowledge Management Specialist on knowledge sharing, knowledge management and capacity building to the benefit of UNICEF globally, and in particular to the PROSPECTS countries[1]. This includes enabling staff globally to find the right information at the right time through the maintenance of the UNICEF Knowledge Domain on Children on the Move, curating new data, reports and programming insights, supporting UNICEF’s global Children on the Move Capacity Building initiative, and pro-actively identify opportunities for knowledge sharing on migration. The intern will be trained to provide support to colleagues across Country and Regional Offices, as well as HQ in navigating and using the Knowledge Domain. 

Main duties and responsibilities:

Within the delegated authority and the given organisational set-up, the incumbents may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties:

  • Support the design, planning and execution of high-level convening on climate change and migrant and displaced children and young people
  • Provide research and policy analysis support on climate resilience, disaster risk reduction and preparedness for climate-related displacement and mobility
  • Support the implementation of UNICEF’s Institutional Plan on Internal Displacement in priority countries
  • Coordinate and curate the monthly Global Migration Practise Group Newsletter, reaching over 750 staff members globally, and working closely with colleagues in Regional and Country Offices in getting the information
  • Analyse migration data coming in from UNICEF’s 190 Country Offices and Presences, develop user-friendly ways to present and use data and produce summary analysis and visuals
  • Support with organizing and providing content for Global Migration Practice Group webinars, including note taking.
  • Provide overall support to workshops/trainings, including managing administrative and logistical details, preparing agenda and participant lists, briefing packets, managing related correspondence and follow-up materials. Liaise with other members of the team as required.
  • Provide background research on policy and programmatic issues around migration upon request
  • Support knowledge exchange on children on the move within UNICEF through maintenance of the internal Document Repository and pro-actively identifying opportunities for knowledge sharing and exchange
  • Provide support to colleagues across Country and Regional Offices, as well as HQ in navigating and using the Knowledge Domain, and PROSPECTS partnership share point site.
  • Support the PROSPECTS Learning Agenda and assist the KM and PME specialist with PROSPECTS data management and visualisation
  • Support the convening of technical workshops focused on capacity building on children on the move, including the Children on the Move 101 course and related deep dives
  • Support with MDH data analysis and visualization for corporate reporting.
  • Provide support on additional tasks as required.

Qualifications: Education, Language, etc:


  • Currently enrolled in a university or a graduate school, or those who graduated within the last two years. A specialisation in migration studies is a strong advantage.
  • Experience and/or knowledge on migration and displacement is a requirement.
  • Strong research and writing skills required.
  • Flexibility to work as part of a dynamic team and high degree of team spirit required.
  • Available for work full-time for 6 months (26 weeks). This is not a summer internship option.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • In addition,
  • Experience with data analysis and visualisation is an advantage, and willingness to learn a minimum requirement.
  • Experience working with maintaining Sharepoints/Websites is a strong advantage, and a willingness to learn a minimum requirement.
  • 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
  • Certification of Health insurance coverage valid for the whole internship duration

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Other languages, especially Arabic or Spanish, are an asset.