Apply for South-South Cooperation Intern, Social Policy Section, Pretoria (UNICEF South Africa) at UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund: (Deadline 28 August 2022).


South-South Cooperation Intern, Social Policy Section, Pretoria (UNICEF South Africa) at UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund: (Deadline 28 August 2022).

South-South Cooperation Intern, Social Policy Section, Pretoria (UNICEF South Africa) at UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund: (Deadline 28 August 2022).


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, protection

UNICEF South Africa

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism.

To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity, not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. UNICEF’s work on South-South and horizontal cooperation (SSC/HC) contributes to reducing inequities, not only among children, but also among countries.

How can you make a difference?

The UNICEF South Africa Internship Programme offers eligible/qualified students all over the world the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. This internship is for the purpose of acquiring organizational knowledge of rules, regulations and processes to supplement academic and theoretical knowledge through on-the-job practical learning and mentoring, specifically, in the area of promoting and supporting South-South and horizontal cooperation. The intern is also expected to contribute to UNICEF’s work and mission

Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, South-South and horizontal cooperation, the intern will provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for South-South and horizontal cooperation through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical program information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures and objectives in SSC/HC and overall, in support of the South Africa Country Office Country Programme and Annual Management Plan.

Modality: Full time on-site (with certain parts possibly remote, subject to discussion)

Tentative start date: As soon as possible

Duration: 20 weeks – 26 weeks

Overall, the intern will support the Social Policy Manager, in delivering the Unit’s work SSC and in strengthening UNICEF approaches to implementation and monitoring of South-South and horizontal cooperation activities.

Benefits to YOU, our Intern:

  • Gain familiarization with UNICEF’s work, in particular, the role that South-South cooperation does and can play in advancing UNICEF’s agenda and in achieving the SDG targets for children.
  • Strengthen skills in research, analysis and writing on practical programme implementation strategies and approaches.
  • Gain knowledge in UNICEF programme development, implementation and monitoring.
  • Gain experience in UN inter-agency collaboration and inter-governmental processes.
  •  Specific tasks

 Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Support to programme development and planning

  • Research and analyze information on UNICEF and partner South-South and horizontal cooperation (SSC/HC) globally to identify trends, challenge and opportunities.
    • Prepare technical reports and inputs for program preparation and documentation ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
    • Conceptualize and develop SSC/HC tools promoting global learning and exchange of knowledge, expertise and good practices/solutions.

 Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/share information on programme implementation issues
    • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews including annual analysis of country office reports and other routine reports to extract and synthesize content relating to SSC/HC.
    • Participate in relevant meetings, and interagency fora on SSC/HC and take notes and ensure follow up as needed.

 Knowledge management

  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share good practice examples and lessons learned in the area of South-South Cooperation for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
    • Support to the exchange of experience within UNICEF and with partners on effective South-South and Horizontal Cooperation including supporting an online community of practice.
    • Respond to queries and draft or provide inputs to reports and communication materials on UNICEF’s South-South Cooperation work.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you…

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the area of Social Sciences, International Relations, International Development, Economics, or related subjects
    • Be currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) or have excellent academic performance, as demonstrated by academic records

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 (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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 offers reasonable accommodation for personnel with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

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.


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