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6 Jan 2021

Social Policy and Education Research Intern

Job Description

UNICEF is out to change the world for children vaccination by vaccination, blanket by blanket, biscuit by biscuit, book by book. In most of America, these things are considered completely ordinary. But in many parts of the developing world, they can save a child’s life. UNICEF is unique among world organizations and unique among those working with young people. As a global movement, we use our authority to influence decision makers and diverse partners to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. In 155 countries and territories, UNICEF’s field staff uses hard-won expertise to meet the challenges facing children and those who care for them. Our history has given us a profound understanding of development and the importance of child health, education, equality and protection in advancing humanity. All that we do helps children realize their full potential. In support of UNICEF’s work, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF focuses on five major priorities: education, emergencies, HIV/AIDS, immunization and malnutrition


South Sudan signed a peace agreement in February 2020, ending 7 years of civil war. The war has left millions of families displaced from their homes, living as refugees in neighboring countries, or in settlement camps. Deprived of their means of survival as subsistence farmers, the majority of South Sudanese families have experienced the impact of war through not only losing their homes but being forced to live in abject poverty. South Sudan currently has some of the highest child and women mortality rates and millions of children are not attending school.

How can you make a difference?
The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) has started the work of re-building South Sudan. The country is rich in oil, other minerals, agricultural potential and human resource capital. If the peace initiatives are a success, the country can reap the potential of their resources and becoming a vibrant economic and social post-crisis success story. To begin to rebuild the education system, the UNICEF South Sudan Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (SPPME) Section Social Policy unit is conducting 2 comprehensive studies in the education sector as well as a range of financial and budget analysis studies.

  • Modality: Paid – Full time
  • Tentative start date: February 2021
  • Duration: six months

To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will…

  • Be enrolled in an advanced/undergraduate university degree (Master’s or higher) or recent graduation from an undergraduate or master’s programme within the last two years in education or social development studies
  • Core background: relevant background in education and conducting research,
  • Additional background: social development, economics; calculating and interpreting basic financial data
  • Technical Experience: experience in survey studies, including capturing and evaluating qualitative and quantitative data; intermediate to advanced excel skills
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required, with ability to speak Arabic highly advantageous. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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