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UNICEF Youth Engagement Internship, Generation Unlimited (GenU), Programme Group: APPLY NOW!

UNICEF Youth engagement Internship, Generation Unlimited (GenU), Programme Group, NYHQ (Part-time remote modality)

Applications close: 07 Jul 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Work type: Internship
Location: United States
Categories: Education

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, meaningful youth engagement

UNICEF has partnered with leading public and private organizations to launch a global partnership dedicated to expanding opportunity for young people, aged 10-24.  Generation Unlimited (GenU) is centered on finding new ways to help every young person to get into school, learning, training, or employment by 2030 — with a focus on those in the greatest danger of being left behind, including girls, the poorest, those with disabilities, young people on the move and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.  

GenU brings together leaders from governments, UN agencies, the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and young people themselves. The partnership will identify, co-create, resource and scale-up innovative solutions to expand opportunity for young people. Effective programmes will be matched with financing and technical support; investors will find viable solutions to invest in and strong accountability mechanisms that provide adequate assurance of results and fiscal management; and young people will participate meaningfully in the co-creation of solutions, informing, advising and helping implement at every step of the way.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the direct supervision of the Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurship Lead, in close collaboration with the Youth Engagement team and the Programme Team, the intern will support: meaningful youth engagement practices within GenU programming, both at global and at country level, to ensure that GenU fully implements the Public Private Youth Partnership Platform (PPYP); the rollout and implementation of one of GenU’s flagship entrepreneurship initiatives – imaGen Ventures; or suppor the global solutions portfolio.

By supporting the GenU Programme Team, the interns will be offering the following:  

  • Support the engagement of GenU’s Young People’s Action Team on a day-to-day basis by managing the following systematic engagements:
    • Monthly global meetings
    • Networking sessions with GenU staff
    • Peer-to-peer learning sessions
  • Assistance in developing proposals, concept notes, presentations, reports, and advocacy materials on youth engagement and supporting YPAT participation and follow-up in global events.  
  • Support expansion and coordination mechanisms between the various youth governance bodies and maintain relationships with young people in existing GenU structures   
  • Support the strengthening and further development country-level youth advisory bodies in GenU countries  
  • Support the development of a guidance note with concrete engagement opportunities for Young People’s Action Team members to actively and systematically engage in programmes and partnerships in GenU at the global as well as at country level, based on the GenU PPYP strategy 
  • Support the running of at least 2 country-facing Youth Engagement community of practice webinars for countries to share knowledge and lessons for better implementation of the PPYP model; 
  • Support the global judging process of imaGen Ventures
  • Facilitate YPAT engagement in imaGen Ventures programming across multiple country contexts.
  • Support the further development of the global solutions portfolio
  • Support with knowledge generation, evidence, and knowledge management
  • Support GenU Programme team on any other matters as necessary. 

Learning benefits for the intern:

Learn about UNICEF’s mandate in young people’s development and how Generation Unlimited engages and collaborates with partners, regions and countries. Be a part of a team on the forefront of mainstreaming youth in governance, policy and advocacy.

Duration: 24 weeks on a part-time basis.

Stipend: A stipend will be offered to the interns in compensation for their contribution to UNICEF’s work. 1700 US$ for NY based internships and 70% of GS3 step 1 in other locations.

Work Modality and environment: This UNICEF Youth Engagement internship is on a remote basis. However, potentially the intern could be requested to come in-person for limited duration.

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

Education field required: Be enrolled in or having just completed a graduate academic programme in the field of social science.

Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Minimum requirements:

  • Letter of verification from the college or university that the intern is currently enrolled in an undergraduate school and has completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree (if the candidate is 18 years old, this replaces the two-year bachelor’s completion requirement); or, Graduate Degree Program (i.e., Master’s, PhD).  It should also state the expected graduation date.  Recent graduates are allowed until 2 years after degree completion.
  • 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

The selected intern (s) will be required to provide a certification of health insurance coverage prior to assignment.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this UNICEF Youth Engagement Internship post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.


Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for International positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship UNICEF Youth Engagement Internship.

Advertised: 29 Jun 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 07 Jul 2023 Eastern Daylight Time



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