Internship: Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding, HATIS Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Apr 25

Position description

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.

535 million children – nearly a quarter of the world’s children – were estimated to live in countries affected by armed conflict, violence, and/or protracted crisis in 2016. Children in fragile and conflict-affected countries are more than twice as likely to be undernourished as those in other developing countries, more than three times as likely to be unable to go to school, twice as likely to die before age five, and more than twice as likely to lack clean water. Women, young people and children disproportionately bear both direct and indirect consequences of violent conflict. A child living in a conflict-affected or fragile country misses out on essential services and is more likely to be exposed to violence.  With the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which includes a specific goal on peaceful and inclusive societies, the international community has once again emphasized the centrality of peace and peacebuilding to achieving development.  The agenda calls for a stronger integration between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding pillars of the United Nations. The UN Security Council and General Assembly have also issued concurrent resolutions on ‘sustaining peace’ call on the UN system to respond in a more coordinate and holistic manner to the dynamics and effects of violent conflict as well as address its underlying causes for achieving sustainable peace.

 Achieving results for children and operating effectively in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, requires a stronger link between development and humanitarian programming, a better understanding of context through stronger risk analysis, including conflict analysis, and a focus on reducing vulnerabilities and building capacities of local actors and institutions, especially at the sub-national and local level to address underlying causes of fragility and conflict.   It also requires UNICEF to ensure its programmes are conflict sensitive and to the extent possible contribute to sustainable peace. UNICEF will continue to develop and refine specific guidance, tools, as well as strengthen staff capacity to achieve maximum results for children living in fragile and conflict affected contexts.

For every child, a hope…

UNICEF has made progress over the last few years in strengthening its capacity to both ensure that its work is conflict sensitive and to engage in peacebuilding all with the aim of improving its results for children in fragile and conflict affected settings. To continue and further strengthen this work, the Humanitarian Action and Transition Section (HATIS) in Programme Division (PD) UNICEF is looking for a qualified student intern who can support its peacebuilding work in the Humanitarian Action and Transition Unit (HATIS) in Programmes Division. HATIS is mandated to support conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding and is currently supporting programming in a number of country offices and policy advocacy at the global level.  The student will support the work of HATIS in conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding.

How can you make a difference?

The intern will focus on the following key activities:

Technical support to country and regional offices:

  • Assist the HATIS with development and design of materials for the conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding training (both for the online and offline courses), in particular focusing on youth and peacebuilding.

Evidence and strategy development

  • Support UNICEF Peacebuilding Specialist in managing a partner performing strategic review of the UNICEF Peacebuilding portfolio
  • Create a summary of good practices and lessons learned and prepare short examples of UNICEF’s work on social cohesion and resilience (with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa Region).

Interagency coordination and advocacy

  • Assist the team on developing inputs into interagency processes related to peacebuilding and sustaining peace
  • Provide support to the team on UNICEF’s engagement on the High-Level Political Forum as required

Other related duties as may be required

Expected Deliverables:

  1. A short document, capturing and summarizing UNICEF’s peacebuilding work from different countries, produced
  2. HATIS team assisted with the development and design of training materials on conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding
  3. HATIS team assisted with quality inputs to the interagency policy and strategic documents

Benefits to intern:

  • The intern will have a good overview of UNICEF peacebuilding policy and practice, as well as a broader peacebuilding and sustaining peace architecture of the United Nations. In particular, the intern will develop an in depth understanding of the role of social services in promoting vertical and horizontal social cohesion.

Location: The internship will be based in the UNICEF House NY and it is not expected that the intern will travel during the assignment period.

Duration: This will be a part time / full time internship and the duration will be from 3-6 months.


In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, interns will be paid a stipend of US $1,500 per month for full-time work; part-time internship will be paid accordingly. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will work at UNICEF House, New York.  S/he will work with hiring section and report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. The intern will be expected to participate in Section's meetings, as well as other UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

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

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in the area of social studies, development, international relations, political science or related fields.
  • Strong writing, analytical, research and organizational skills;
  • Experience in information management, and/or policy work is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. Proficiency in Arabic will be of relevance.

Other 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

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