Internship – Child Protection Intern, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaysian only)

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 is the United Nations Children’s Fund, which has more than 10,000 staff members working in 190 countries and territories around the world. Since 1954, UNICEF has been joining forces with the Government of Malaysia to improve the wellbeing of children. More information on what we do in Malaysia is available at With the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals as our guide, UNICEF works with the government and others who are passionate about child rights to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow healthy and happy; live safely; and achieve their full potential.
We are looking for an intern to contribute to our team for a period of 3 months in 2021, with potential extension up to an additional 3 months if need arises. We offer supervision, career guidance, exposure and participation to UNICEF programme planning and implementation, and the opportunity to work FOR EVERY CHILD.

About us | UNICEF Malaysia

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of the UNICEF Chief of Child Protection (CP), the Child Protection Intern supports the effective implementation of programmes under the Child Protection section. Initiatives may include but not be limited to:

• Children Affected by Migration
• Violence Against Children
• Social Service Workforce Strengthening
• Child Online Protection
• Justice for Children
Roles and Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Support desk reviews and analysis of background documents, review of draft reports and Terms of Reference (ToR), including keeping record of comments, providing suggestions for improvements and ensuring that comments are incorporated and addressed as needed.
• Logistical and administrative support for key meetings and events with government counterparts, partners and other stakeholders including preparation, interpretation, drafting minutes of meetings, summaries of reports, and other relevant documentation as needed.
• Support the implementation of activities under Child Protection programmes including organizing webinars and online events.
• Support the monitoring of progress of activities under Child Protection programmes.
• Support review of relevant research and studies, development of knowledge products and materials on child protection, and collation of data/documentation as required.
• Other tasks that may arise related to the work areas of the Child Protection section.


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

Our ideal candidate has an impressive analytical mind, a keen understanding of international development in an upper-middle income country and sound judgment. How and Why are among your favourite words, and you are always looking to understand what works, and what doesn’t, to help transform international development. You have a desire to help UNICEF Malaysia and its partners to do their work better for children, and to help collect the evidence they need to improve the programmes that they deliver. This includes excellent listening and communication skills and the ability to learn and share knowledge, encouraging the learning of others.

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s) or undergraduate (Bachelor’s) or have graduated within the past two years.
  • Field of study in International Development, Child Protection, or other relevant Social Science.
  • Demonstrable proof of excellent academic performance.
  • Demonstrable excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communication in English (including active listening and information synthesis and strong writing abilities).
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work within a multi-cultural team.
  • Previous relevant work or volunteer experience, including in survey methodology, highly desired.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office
  • Be proficient in English. Fluency in the working language of the office you are applying to is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

• Solid understanding and familiarity with child rights
• Excellent communication skills including both written and verbal use of language
• Ability to work well with people and in a team
• High standard for quality of work and drives for results
• Quick learner and strong research skills
• Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances

Other Information

  • 2.5 days a month, observe UN Holidays at the duty station
  • The intern will receive a basic stipend of RM1,690 a month
  • Currently, the intern is expected to work remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions in travel. Should COVID-19 restrictions be lifted, the intern may be expected to work in UNICEF Putrajaya office at least three days of the week and remotely for the other working days.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 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.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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