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.
For every child, opportunities
- UNICEF Public Partnerships Division (PPD) works to strengthen the organization’s position as a partner for children's rights among governments and public actors around the world. UNICEF Brussels Office is in charge of the relations with the EU institutions and works to prioritize children and UNICEF’s priorities across EU’s policies, legislation and programmes.
- Working in the UNICEF Brussels Office, the intern under the overall guidance of the Senior Advisor, Humanitarian Affairs with matrix reporting to the Deputy Director would have the opportunity to learn about UNICEF’s work both in the development and humanitarian context.
How can you make a difference?
The learning opportunities for this internship will help expand intern’s skills and knowledge in the following areas:
EU grants management process:
- Assist the contribution management teams in the processing of grants for EU funding (Humanitarian and Development) including proposal review, alignment with application criteria, consistency with objectives and the legal and operational requirements of the different entities in the EU Commission.
- Provide support to the Humanitarian and Development teams, with the quality assurance for interim and final progress reports and grant closure. Provide input to reviewing documents and advise on corrective actions to be taken. Assist the team to submit and record reports in relevant platforms.
- Assist contribution management team in the processing of legal agreements where necessary.
- Resource tracking and analysis tools and mechanisms:
- Support the team to regularly update the funding pipeline and funding received, including periodical analysis of EU and UNICEF funding data and trends.
- Assist in updating the global humanitarian fund tracker especially in relation to COVID-19 Humanitarian Action.
- Be an integral part of the team for the preparation of the annual UNICEF- EU Strategic Dialogue – briefing package, briefing notes, presentations etc.
- Support the capacity building team in the carrying out of online trainings and webinars.
- Support the office in outreach and networking with EU institutions
- Support with the drafting of briefing notes, including participating in key discussions with the relevant parts of the EU institutions, taking notes and drafting minutes of the meetings.
- As appropriate, according to the intern’s interest, S/he may also expand to thematic areas of interest along the UNICEF programme lines.
Learning and development:
A learning and development plan will be agreed with the intern, aiming at:
- Enhancing and updating knowledge of EU institutions and policies;
- Improving knowledge on child rights;
- Improving understanding of UNICEF’s activities, policies and organization;
- Improving basic organization and communication skills.
- The Intern will receive supervision, guidance and coaching by the immediate supervisor from the start of the assignment.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in human rights, political science, international development, humanitarian aid or related field
- A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- Genuine interest in and basic knowledge of children’s rights; understanding of UNICEF’s mandate is a must.
- Familiarity with the functioning of the EU Institutions; previous experience related to the European Institutions is a strong asset.
- Proven ability to synthesize information and communicate it simply and effectively; strong writing, research and analytical skills.
- Ability to operate in a diplomatic environment, using tact and judgement. Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or another EU language an asset.
- Knowledge of office computer systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet research.