Apply for the innovative research UNICEF internship

Deadline: 11 May 2021

About the Innovative Research UNICEF Internship

At UNICEF Supply Division (SD) in Copenhagen, the Product Innovation Centre, is recruiting for a Research Intern. The Centre works with colleagues across the different procurement centres, UNICEF country offices, other UNICEF divisions and UN agencies to drive R&D and accelerate scale-up of products which are currently not available on the market but fulfil a priority need in the unique context in which UNICEF and its partners operate. Each project requires a vast amount of research and analysis of the current and future market, hence the requirement for this internship.

How can you make a difference?

Starting as soon as possible, the Product Innovation Centre, Copenhagen seeks an intern for a 26-week period, the main purpose of the internship is to support the development of SD’s innovation projects by:

  1. Undertaking research, desk reviews and data analysis in relation to innovation projects
  2. Becoming a significant actor in assisting project activities to ensure project progress

This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of innovation within the UN structure. More information on UNICEF internships here.

Main Duties/ Responsibilities

The incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following duties:

  1. Conduct market surveys, research, demand forecasts and analyses of different product and commodity areas as required
  2. Mapping of innovative, pre-commercial/incomplete designs to better understand the future landscape for required commodity areas
  3. Support in creation of documentation to support innovation projects
  4. Offering support to project leads for the development of innovation projects

How can we make a difference for you?

The incumbent will learn:

  • How to structure and manage research related to projects
  • Understanding of innovation operations within the UN structure
  • Project management skills (both ‘by doing’ and through Agora trainings)
  • Public procurement principles (Procurement at UNICEF)

To qualify as a champion for every child…



Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate, or graduate school, or be a recent graduate (graduated within past 2 years). Suitable disciplines for this internship include global health, innovation management, engineering, product design, nutrition, market research and analysis, economics. Applicants from other disciplines may be accepted.


  • Knowledge of standard MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience in market survey and analysis desirable
  • Experience in project management desirables
  • Experience in creating dashboards with Power BI is highly desirable
  • Excel skills and experience in demand forecasting desirable
  • Active and up to date knowledge of modern, innovative materials and technologies desirable

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential and in another UN language is an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and the following competencies:


  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, asks for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time.
  • Effective communicator of verbal and written concepts to international audiences.
  • Able to work well in a team environment with colleagues in Copenhagen, New York and worldwide Country Offices.

Functional Competencies

  • Gather comprehensive information to support decision making.
  • Analyse numerical data and all other sources of information.
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical or complex concepts to a non-technical audience

Additional information:

Age: Interns must be at least 18 years

Visa: Should it be relevant at some point during the internship to travel to the duty station, UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any visas for internships. However, UNICEF can provide a Note Verbale to respective Consulates, to support the application of Visas. Also, in the scenario that the intern is already in the country of the duty station and have been granted a different work permit modality, any extension cannot be dependent on an internship with UNICEF.

Insurance: The selected candidate must provide proof of health/accident insurance plan that covers them in the country of the assignment and for the entire duration of the assignment.  

Interns are covered for any service-incurred injury/illness.

Employment: There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Onboarding: The intern will be required to provide confirmation of strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor, a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions before taking up service as an intern.



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