Internship (Support Annual Work Planning), Education Cannot Wait (ECW), Hosted Fund, REMOTE, 4 months, REQ#573083

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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, Education.  

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global multilateral fund dedicated to supporting education for children and youth in countries affected by wars, disasters and crises. It was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by a broad coalition of international aid agencies and public and private donors to usher in faster and more sustainable education responses in crises settings. ECW inspires political commitment to financing education in humanitarian contexts, catalyzes financial resources, facilitates joint programming between humanitarian and development actors, empowers local partners and seeks to strengthen quality and accountability.

ECW 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. ECW’s day-to-day activities are carried out by a Secretariat under the direction of the ECW Executive Director.

This internship will be based in the Strategy, Planning and Accountability Section which is led by a P5 Chief and includes staff and consultants on: Internal strategy, work planning, climate, Acceleration Facility investment window, risk and safeguarding.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the overall guidance of the Chief, Strategy, Planning and Accountability (SPA) section and the direct supervision of Planning Specialist, the intern will provide technical and operational assistance to Annual Work Planning process.

The Intern will be asked to support data preparation and analysis on ECW Annual Workplan deliverables and targets, and support logistics of the Annual Workplan retreat.

The internship will be full-time for four months and work remotely (home-based).

Main duties

The intern will work primarily with ECW’s Planning Specialist on the following deliverables, including:

  • Upload, maintain, and update data to the online tracker for ECW’s Annual Workplan.
  • Assist in monitoring and analysing ECW Annual Workplan deliverables and targets in relation to the strategic plan indicators.
  • Assist in data cleaning up, formatting, presentation, and archiving for inputs to the Annual Workplan progress updates and inputs to the 2025 Annual Workplan template.
  • Support the planning and organising the Annual Workplan Retreat in October 2024.
  • Contribute ideas and deliver solutions that refine and improve ECW’s Annual Work Planning process and implementation.
  • Assist the planning specialist to collect and organize data in relation to results reporting.
  • Undertake a range logistical/administrative activities to support work planning exercise. This includes taking meeting minutes and supporting meeting logistics.

To be considered for this internship, applicants must meet the following requirements.


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

  • Be enrolled in a master’s degree programme in any of the following fields: Education, Social Work, Law, Sociology, International Development, Human Rights/Humanitarian Affairs, Project Management or related field.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fluent in English (speaking, writing, and reading).
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in quantitative analysis and data analysis.
  • Ability to plan and monitor complex time-bound workstreams.

Before applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to read ECW last annual report and understand ECW’s overall strategic and education objectives.

ECW is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

The internship is full-time (35 hrs. per week). Working hours are flexible and will be established with the ECW supervisor, taking into account the intern’s existing study commitments. Interns will be linked to the ECW Secretariat and the SPA section in New York. Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month of leave for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota.

Expected starting date is 1 August 2024 for 4 months. An internship may be terminated by either party, with a notice period of at least two weeks.

Monthly stipend:

Interns will receive a stipend based on their location. USD 1,700 per month in New York, Geneva, and Copenhagen; or 70% of the monthly salary of the GS level 3 step 1 in all other duty stations.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3)Drive to achieve results for impact (4)Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6)Thinks and acts strategically (7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to selected candidates who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts. 

Advertised: 21 Jun 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 07 Jul 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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