UNICEF is now accepting applications for internships in its Regional Office for South Asia.
UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is committed to achieving the societal transformation necessary so that children can live in a sustainable, clean, and safe environment to children. Guided by UNICEF’s core principles and to support every child, UNICEF ROSA aims to scale up support to countries to transition towards sustainable and climate-resilient development for children. Such a transition is vital to UNICEF’s efforts in key sectors (WASH, health, education, child protection, nutrition, and social protection), and can play an important role in broader efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the region. In this context, UNICEF ROSA is responding through a variety of avenues, including by prioritizing programming and partnership opportunities to scale up investment in climate action for children.
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, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And UNICEF never gives up.
The climate crisis is a child rights crisis. Recent record heat waves, flooding, and drought in many countries signal a challenging ‘new normal’. The impacts of climate change and environmental shocks on children are clear. Virtually every child on earth is already affected by climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, and disasters. In South Asia, every child is affected by at least one or more climate and environmental hazards. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, and Pakistan are countries where children are at extremely high risk of the impacts of the climate crisis. This year alone we have seen flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal; heat waves and drought in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan; cholera outbreaks in Afghanistan and Pakistan; and cyclones in India and Bangladesh. Action is falling short, which means that the impacts on children and young people will worsen in the coming decades. Children will bear the brunt of the impacts, particularly those in communities that have contributed the least to global greenhouse gas emissions. Without immediate action and ambitious investment, there is no doubt that climate change will reverse the hard-earned gains in sustainable development goals for children and their communities seen in recent years.
- A monthly stipend in accordance with UNICEF rules and recommendations.
- Support the Intern’s round-trip travel costs of up to $1000 (For international interns).
- The opportunity of gathering in-depth knowledge about CEED challenges, how they are impacting children, and how UNICEF ROSA is programming in response.
- The opportunity to develop proposal and technical report writing skills (i.e. policy briefs, guidance notes, investment cases, case studies, etc.).
- The opportunity to gain experience working with an expert group of climate and environment professionals, as well as colleagues working across other UNICEF sectors (ie. Innovations, WASH, Education, Health, Nutrition, Social Policy, Child Protection, Social Behavioural Change, etc.)
- The opportunity to strengthen communication skills by consulting with various professionals across the organization and preparing relevant materials for these exchanges.
- The opportunity to learn how to use Excel to analyze data and google sheets to formulate policy briefs and technical notes.
- The opportunity to gathering insight on UNICEF programming across multiple sectors.
- Must have a master’s degree in relevant areas such as climate, environment, energy, or engineering, or in lieu of a Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s in the above disciplines with two years of professional work experience and a current enrolment in a Master’s degree program.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must demonstrate advanced technical writing skills.
- Must demonstrate the ability to navigate and use Microsoft Office 365.
- Must have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records. (If not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor.)
- Must have fluency in English.
- Must have prior work experience with climate, energy, or environment in developing country contexts would be an asset.
- Must not have any immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, or sister) working in any UNICEF office.
- Must not have any other relatives in the line of authority to which the intern will report to.
- Applications must be submitted online. (Available on the apply link)