Youth Innovation Internship

UN Children's Fund, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
8th November, 2018

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, a new idea

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2013) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS 111) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), and programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, innovation, social protection and social policy and external communication). The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

In Malawi, about 80% of its over 17 million inhabitants are under 30, and about 50% are children or under 16. The country office sees the Malawian youth bulge as an opportunity to engage with and empower young people to become problem-solvers, who take an active role in the humanitarian & development response of their own community. Hence, while UNICEF Malawi considers innovation as a vital, cross-cutting function that contributes to programme effectiveness outcomes in the office, it likewise prioritizes products and processes that connect, educate and build the capacity of children, adolescents, young people and other local actors to become innovators themselves in their own communities. This position supports youth innovations and networks, and will report to the Innovation Specialist, P-3.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Innovation Specialist, the Youth Innovation Officer is responsible for creating and promoting local networks of innovation hubs, youth organizations, start-ups and social enterprises; organizing activities & events that foster an environment conducive for innovation and social entrepreneurship; and supporting implementation of initiatives that drive incubation & scale-up of new solutions and create employment opportunities among young people in Malawi. The incumbent is expected to work closely with adolescents and young people to gain insights, capture lessons, write stories, and authentically enable them to influence and lead on innovative problem-solving in their own communities.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D, degree programme in business management, international development, economics, innovation, technology or other related and relevant field, or have graduated within the past two years.
  • A relevant background in social entrepreneurship, project management, finance, technology for development, and/or youth engagement is desirable.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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.

The competencies required for this post are:

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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