Deadline: 13 October 2020

Location: New York, United states

Type of work: Internship

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, innovate

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

The Office of Innovation is a creative, interactive, and agile team in UNICEF. We sit at a unique intersection, where an organization that works on huge global issues meets the startup thinking, the technology, and the partners that turn this energy into scalable solutions.
UNICEF’s Office of Innovation creates opportunities for the world’s children by focusing on where new markets can meet their vital needs. We do this by:

  • Connecting youth communities (or more broadly — anyone disconnected or under-served) to decision-makers, and to each other, to deliver informed, relevant and sustained programmes that build better, stronger futures for children.
  • Provoking change for children through an entrepreneurial approach — in a traditionally risk-averse field — to harness rapidly moving innovations and apply them to serve the needs of all children.
  • Creating new models of partnership that leverage core business values across the public, private and academic sectors in order to deliver fast, and lasting results for children.

The Office of Innovation specifically looks to form partnerships around frontier technologies (like drones and UAVs, blockchain, 21st century skills, urban technologies, new banking tools, wearables and sensors, or 3D-Printing) that exist at the intersection of $100 billion business markets and 1 billion person needs – and to identify how they can grow and scale profitably and inclusively. 

As part of this role, the Design Intern will support various efforts within the Office of Innovation, including projects related, but not limited to our data science, blockchain, XR and drones work. In this role, the Intern will work with a variety of teams from the concept stage to delivering the final design package. Our team takes large ideas and makes them a reality; being able to communicate complex and abstract ideas using visual, verbal and written language is crucial. As the Office of Innovation works with UNICEF offices around the world and in a variety of scenarios, we are seeking someone who has a portfolio of strong, accessible design work for web and mobile. It is important that the Specialist have knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of web and mobile technologies and ideally some experience that extends beyond screen based designs. 

How can you make a difference?

We seek a strong self-motivated User Experience and Interface designer who can maintain strong design sensibilities even under tight time constraints, who can work with a diverse interdisciplinary team to create a plan of action to best communicate ideas visually and who can maintain clarity in their work while juggling and prioritizing several projects at once. This position will support UX/UI Specialist and will work on a series of projects that are on-going.  

Due to the diversity of the role, the team is looking for a hybrid designer, who can ideally work across various devices and platforms. The candidate should exemplify expertise in user experience and interaction design, user research and consultation for web-based designs, apps, and data information systems, information architecture and systems mapping design.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Work closely with our UX/UI Specialist and play a supportive role between the Design Team and the Blockchain/ Giga Teams
  • Create and validate mockups and wireframes for websites, software, and dashboards for different projects, as necessary while ensuring that branding and technical guidelines are upheld across the various mediums.
  • Produce user requirements, personas, storyboards, journey maps, scenarios, flow charts etc. to give shape to any preliminary idea.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree programme in interaction design, human-computer interaction, information design and information architecture or other relevant field or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French or Spanish. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office; and have no other relatives in the line of authority that the intern will report to.
  • A minimum of 6 months of relevant professional experience in UX/UI product design experience
  • Strong information design experience with a solid foundation in UX design research and heuristics
  • Strong understanding of design systems and front-end architecture 
  • Experience in creating interactive prototypes in tools like Sketch, Zeplin, Invision, etc.
  • Preferred knowledge of capabilities and limitations of Web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  • 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.

View our competency framework at

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.


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



African Union Commission Scholar || Founder @ Youth Opportunities Hub || Former RBA COST/Sahel Team at UNDP || TEF Alumni ||

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