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Internship – Global Volunteer Internship with Generation Unlimited (GEN U) Two (2) months

Deadline: 15 May 2021

About the Global Volunteer Internship with Generation Unlimited

Volunteering enables young people to envision and reclaim their place in society. There’s a multiplying force of volunteerism: as young volunteers build self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence, they enact change in their communities and impart skills to others while acquiring skills themselves. Learning by doing, volunteers become proficient in communication, problem-solving, organizing, and planning and benefit from a stronger start to their employment journeys. By mobilising young people to volunteer, we expand our reach, access, and trust with communities, strengthen our ability to deliver on programme and advocacy goals, and provide young people with empowering and upskilling experiences— moving closer to a world in which young people are changemakers shaping more just and equitable outcomes

Volunteers may contribute their time and experience through:

  • Service activities (from building a playground, helping with language learning, to participating in emergency response) in local communities and attending signature events;
  • Organizing events and volunteer activities;
  • Speaking about issues for children in their communities;
  • Advocacy with governments and the private sector; and
  • Fundraising to support children.

As volunteers periodically take action in support of children, and come to identify with UNICEF, they will not only contribute to their communities but also contribute energy and advice to UNICEF.

About us

We are a small team working within UNICEF/Generation Unlimited to support the skills, experience, creativity, and ideas of colleagues, and to help them create a global volunteer force of millions who take action for children.

Our team is gathering and consolidating existing tools and resources; generating the additional systems and tools that colleagues need; fostering a vibrant community of practice among colleagues working with volunteers; and offering research, strategic, and execution support to country teams as they launch and/or scale volunteer activities.

Most of the things we make will be accessible to UNICEF’s 135 country offices and 30+ National Committees. We will work with countries to create dynamic volunteer initiatives that can model ways of working and inspire colleagues across the organization.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the internship is to develop training materials and facilitate workshops around volunteer engagement for UNICEF while also supporting the team to build connections and coalitions with relevant organizations outside of UNICEF.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Supporting training on facilitation of Human-Centred Design (HCD) workshops, with a focus on volunteer engagement, for the African Union Youth Division
  • Production of training materials on facilitation of HCD processes around volunteer engagement

Supporting planning and facilitation of volunteer engagement strategy design workshops Producing guidance/tools on volunteer engagement for Country Offices and NatComs

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

  • Be enrolled in an advanced/undergraduate university degree (Master’s or higher) in public policy, social science or other relevant field.
  • Have a relevant background in volunteer and public engagement work
  • 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 values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…


  • Skilled in working with teams to develop, deliver, and optimize successful volunteer initiatives
  • Skilled in facilitating workshops using human-centered design processes
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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Salary/Payment: UNICEF will provide a small monthly stipend during the duration of this Internship. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Visa Information:

In the event that the fellow is expected to report to NYHQ, United States, they will be responsible for obtaining their G-4 visa before traveling to United States. They will not be permitted to enter the United States without a valid G-4 visa. UNICEF will only issue guidance and a letter stating acceptance of an individual as an intern/fellow and the conditions governing the Internship/Fellowship.

Insurance: UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the volunteer’s service. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrollment in a health/accident plan prior to starting his/her work.

Living and Working Conditions: The internship is on part time basis (30 Hours per week). In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GenU office will be working remotely for at least some of this period and we will consider applicants who can only work remotely, keeping NY (EST) work hours.

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

GEN U is hosted by UNICEF. The Fund is administered under UNICEF’s financial, human resources and administrative rules and regulations, while operations are run by the Fund’s own independent governance structure that provides strategic guidance and oversight to its investments. GEN U’s day-to-day activities are carried out by a Secretariat under the direction of the Generation Unlimited, Director.

If selected for this internship, the resulting appointment will be limited to GEN U, a UNICEF hosted fund.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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