United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Intern (Gender Justice in The Hiv Response, Hiv/Aids Section, Programme Division)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Intern recruited to this position will work across key business and technical units in UNICEF HQ, to support the work of the new joint initiative for girls and young women.  The intern will support the young engagement pillar of the initiative, including direct support to the work of the core leads of the initiative’s work on young women’s engagement (the nerve center), drawn from and endorsed by the feminist, girl-, ad young women-led networks.

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Background

The ‘Education Plus’ initiative is a new, high-profile initiative to accelerate actions and investments to halt and reverse the disproportionate burden due to HIV borne by adolescent girls and young women. It is centered on the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women and the achievement of Gender Equality in sub-Saharan Africa - with secondary education as the strategic entry point. The initiative is co-led by UNAIDS, UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and UNESCO and is focused on driving country-level impact, with champion governments and supported by a wide network of regional bodies and global coalitions and partners.

It responds to the urgent need to effectively address the alarming numbers of adolescent girls and young women acquiring HIV and dying of AIDS, among other threats to their survival, well-being, Human Rights and fundamental freedoms. It brings added pressure to persuade governments to roll out universal secondary education, free for girls and boys, and scale up multi-sectoral policies, actions and investments that empower adolescent girls and young women.

The ‘Education Plus’ approach is centered on the essential elements of empowerment that every adolescent girl and young woman should be entitled to in their transitions to adulthood:
  • Completion of quality secondary education
  • Universal access to comprehensive sexuality education
  • Fulfillment of sexual and Reproductive Health and rights
  • Freedom from gender-based and Sexual Violence
  • Successful school-to-work transitions and young women’s economic empowerment
UNICEF leads the pillar on engagement and participation of adolescent girls and young women through a Nerve Center consisting of young leaders recruited across East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa.  This pillar will engage young women from recognized global and regional constituencies or movements active in promoting gender justice, girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, the HIV response, and women’s economic empowerment and human rights.

Purpose of the Internship

The intern recruited to this position will work across key business and technical units in UNICEF HQ, to support the work of the new joint initiative for girls and young women.  The intern will support the young engagement pillar of the initiative, including direct support to the work of the core leads of the initiative’s work on young women’s engagement (the nerve center), drawn from and endorsed by the feminist, girl-, ad young women-led networks.  This will also include various analytical and knowledge pieces, technical briefs, commitments monitoring, advocacy agendas, knowledge dissemination, and other elements that align with and support the agenda of the initiative.

Main duties and Tasks:

Under the supervision of the Senior Specialist – Adolescents and HIV (HIV/AIDS Section), the intern will
  • Contribute to the Section’s Knowledge Management function, including preparation of literature reviews, programmatic toolkits, programming briefs, advocacy pieces, landscape analyses, resource libraries, and technical updates on adolescent-responsive programming;
  • Engage in efforts to advance incorporation of cutting-edge and novel programmatic tools within country programme and regional portfolios, learning from cutting-edge practice in the field;
  • Engage in collaborative learning communities to advance the state of the art in programming for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, specifically adolescents living with HIV, adolescent girls and young women at substantial risk of acquiring HIV, adolescents from the key populations, and pregnant adolescents;
  • Contribute to high-level technical advocacy and strategy-setting for key and priority populations of adolescents and young people living with and affected by HIV;
  • Support strategic engagement of adolescent and youth networks within and beyond the global HIV, health, and gender response;
  • Participate in HQ-based Technical Assistance and technical exchanges to regional and field offices;
  • Participate in planning and preparation for various internal and external consultations and convenings;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor
Benefits to Intern:

  • This internship will provide hands-on experience in shaping the agenda within an inter-agency context, through meaningful engagement with multi-lateral, academic, civil society, and community-led entities.
  • The intern will gain insight into the operations and agenda-setting processes within the UN system
  • Participants will receive mentorship, training and dedicated support to enable their full participation in the substantive work of UNICEF, offered through a variety of modalities (virtual/remote and in-person).
Duration 1 May 2021 – 30 July 2021, with the possibility of an extension of the internship. Max duration is 26 weeks.

Salary/Payment: In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,700 per month. There is no expectation of employment at the end of the internship.

Insurance: UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start the internship with the HIV/AIDS Section.

Living Conditions and Working Environment: The intern will be remote based and work from home. The intern will work with the HIV/AIDS Section and report to the supervisor of this internship. The intern is not expected to travel during the assignment. The intern will be expected to participate in the section’s meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the intern including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will…
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Fluent in at least one UN official language widely used in the sub-Saharan Africa Region – specifically, English, French, and/or Portuguese;
  • Experience in gender equality at the local/community, national, or regional level;
  • Experience in HIV and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming
  • Applicants with demonstrable analytical skills will be competitive
  • Strong writing skills required
For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

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