Technology for Development Intern

UN Children's Fund, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th November, 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.

For every child, early moments matter

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

How can you make a difference?

Rationale and context of the assignment

  • The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) section is responsible for enabling effective programme delivery by providing reliable and secure ICT infrastructure and by implementing innovative technology-based solutions. The section provides ICT support for around 160 users (Staff, Consultants, Volunteers and Interns).
  • Currently, the section is expanding Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovations work in collaboration with programme sections, which demands more ICT human resources. Therefore this is a very good opportunity for a qualified student intern to provide ICT section with assistance in the area of T4D and develop their skills and gain good experience in turn.
  • Therefore, UNICEF Zimbabwe ICT section is looking to engage an intern for a period of 6 months to assist and support the section.

Scope of work and objectives

UNICEF Zimbabwe requires an enthusiastic and committed ICT Intern to support Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovations projects of the office

Under the guidance of ICT Specialist, the Intern will assist in the following tasks:

  • Support configuring RapidPro and ODK data collection platforms.
  • Provide support preparing geospatial datasets for upload.
  • Help configuring various applications and dashboards.
  • Help troubleshooting reported system issues.
  • Provide support to data enumerators of various implementing partners.
  • Help configuring smart mobile devices for data collection exercises.
  • Support developing electronic data collection forms.
  • Other duties as assigned by ICT specialist.


This will be a full-time internship; the duration will be for 6 months from date of assumption of duty

Conditions of Intern:

  • Health/Medical insurance: Intern is required to hold valid health/accident insurance. UNICEF accepts no responsibilities for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship whether on or off UNICEF premises.
  • Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
  • Visa: UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.


UNICEF will provide all necessary administrative and logistical support according to guidelines for supporting Interns.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Requirements for Intern: Key Competencies, Skills and Experience

  • Current eligible undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students in software engineering discipline. The candidate may also be a recent graduate in the last 2 years.
  • Effective communication and organization skills
  • Computer literate with e-mail, word processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Experience working with youth organization in youth programming or youth engagement is an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English and local language is required.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office
  • Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to


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