UNESCO INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW
Duty Station: Headquarters, Field Offices, and Institutes
Type of contract : UNESCO Internship
Duration of contract : maximum 6 months
Recruitment open to : External Candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30 June 2024
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
OVERVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Education Sector’s mission is to rally the world around the future of education. It provides global and regional leadership to ensure every child, youth and adult has access to quality education throughout life while keeping two priorities, Africa and Gender, in focus.
UNESCO has the power to catalyze transformation in education by bringing together stakeholders around the ambitious Education 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and in particular, the targets set by Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4). Education Sector uses the Education 2030 Framework for Action as a roadmap for it work and activities.
(The role of the Education Sector internship position does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement.).
Areas of activity covered by the Education Sector Internship encompass educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond, themes include (not exhaustive):
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP TASKS
- Curriculum Education Policy
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Education financing
- Education for sustainable development
- Education in Emergencies
- Education for Gender Equality (Gender transformative education & Girls’ and women’s education)
- Global Citizenship Education
- Health and well-being in education
- Higher education
- Inclusive education
- Learning assessment
- Leveraging technology for education
- Literacy and Adult education
- Right to education
- SDG 4 Coordination and Monitoring
- Education policy and planning
- Education policy research
- Skills Development (TVET)
- Teacher Education
The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and support the overall work of the Education Sector/ programme’s mission.
The intern will be selected according to their specialization and needs of the sector.
Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment.
Specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the contract.
The intern will be based in UNESCO Headquarters, Field Offices and Category I Institutes around the world.
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP SKILLS
The work entrusted to interns falls under one or more of the following categories as per the requirements/needs of each team.
Programme and Project Support:
- Participate in the preparation and review project documents. Draft notes and prepare technical annexes.
- Prepare conceptual framework / concept notes on new areas of work or development challenges.
- Collect, organize and analyze data.
- Contribute to the production/preparation of documents, working papers, and conceptual framework/concept notes on area of work or development challenges.
- Assist in the development of technical support of new interventions or projects.
Research and Knowledge Management:
- Undertake specific research and reviews to produce well defined aspects or segments of work products, including publications, documents and project proposals.
- Contribute to the preparation of knowledge and communication products, materials for advocacy and outreach, related to area of work.
- Participate in meetings and seminars.
- Analyse and compile background data for potential partnerships and fundraising events and opportunities. Arrange briefings, visits, tours, meetings and other related activities to support collaborative activities.
- Liaise and build networks with officials in national administrations, researchers, other international organisations and member country Delegations.
- Provide administrative and logistical support in the planning and organization of meetings, events, workshops, and conferences in coordination with other staff.
- Support the preparation of specific budgets, financial and accounting documents, and project documentation and evaluation.
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- Understand the approach to developing and managing education projects
- Understand multilateral processes.
- Carry out data analyses as it relates to education.
- Design of policy briefs, using a variety of approaches including tools such as case studies, group discussion work, facilitator input and individual reflection.
- Gain insight into development and implementation of education projects
- Understand the context of global policy making in the field education projects, including role of international organizations through their work in setting standards, facilitating knowledge exchange, providing policy advice, enhancing human and institutional capacities and facilitating cooperation.
- Understanding international project management through learning-by-doing approaches.
- Developing domain knowledge in the field of education projects
- Acquiring and strengthening skills in research, writing and communication.
- Developing soft skills such as stakeholder management, problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and work ethic.
- The intern will also gain an understanding of the overall work of UNESCO and be given an opportunity to develop soft skills of the UNESCO Competency Framework, in particular teamwork, flexibility, communication and client-focus.
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
You must be at least 20 years old to apply.
At the time of your application to the internship programme:
You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.
Undertook studies in areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence (Education, Culture, Sciences, Communication, Social Sciences) or in other areas which support UNESCO’s work such as Law, Human Resources, Management Studies, International Relations etc.
Have a good track record, demonstrated by recent certificates or official records from their university institution.
Please note that candidates who have completed their full-time bachelor’s degree but are not enrolled in a graduate programme are not eligible to apply.
You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset. Additional language requirements may vary depending on the duty station.
Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.
You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS
UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of leave per month during their internship.
EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
The UNESCO Internship Programme is open in January and July each year. Candidates shall apply to the vacancy that matches their personal expertise and domain. Candidates who successfully applied to the vacancy will stay in the intern talent pool and will be further assessed and selected by relevant hiring managers. The candidature will be valid for 6 months. Candidates who have been selected will be contacted directly by the relevant hiring manager. Those who were not selected for a UNESCO internship in the current cycle will need to reapply to the internship programme when the new internship vacancies are released.
KEEP IN MIND
- Have your motivation letter and résumé ready before filling out the application form. You only have one hour to finish the process.
- Make sure your contact details will be valid in next 6 months.
- You can only use either English or French in applying.
- Please provide an unofficial French or English translation of your documents if they are not in these languages.
- UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.
- Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
- Your application will be further accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our internship portal for a period of six months.
- We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.
TIPS FOR EDUCATION SECTOR INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
- Please indicate your main expertise and sub area accordingly.
- Please select “Multiple” if you do not have a preference for the duty station.
- Please indicate the UNESCO programme areas you would like to have your internship in the application question.
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