Internship (PAID): Social Policy & Protection Intern (5 months), Amman, UNICEF Jordan Country Office

  • Contract
  • Jordan

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.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is leader in the region for the rights of its children. Working closely with the Government of Jordan, civil society, the private sector and communities, UNICEF Jordan Country Office aims to sustain results achieved for children to date, and strive to further improve policies, national institutions and programmes, for the well-being of every child in Jordan, in line with Jordan’s Vision 2025 and the National Human Resources Development Strategy (2016-2025) towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Our programmes focus on improving the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or background. Our main pillars include: Child Protection; Education; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Adolescent and Youth Engagement; Health and Nutrition; Social Protection; and Operations.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Social Policy Specialist, the intern will provide support the implementation of current programs by the Social Protection & Policy Section and contribute to the review and development of policy briefs and advocacy materials. Supervision and guidance will be provided on a day-to-day basis, and regular meetings will be organized to provide guidance and advice, if necessary. The intern will be exposed to learning and personal development opportunities within UNICEF and with the partners including humanitarian response.  The intern will have the opportunity to engage and support some of the current priorities by UNICEF Social Protection & Policy Section- examples:
  • Project on supporting the implementation of “Jordan’s National Social Protection Strategy”
  • Review of Public Spending on Social Protection and Climate Change
  • Socio-economic assessments, vulnerability measurements, and updated date on the situation of children
  • Project on “Building a Shock-Responsiveness Social Protection System for Jordan”
  • Annual Reflection Report on the state of Social Protection Sector in Jordan

Furthermore, the intern is expected to assist with the following:

  • Support in developing two policy briefs on key office priorities in the are of social policy.
  • Support in providing technical review of studies and reports.
  • Carry out data collection exercises and support with data analysis and report writing activities
  • Support the daily implementation of specific project activities led by the Social Policy & Protection Section.

Modality: Paid Internship- Fulltime

Tentative start date: December 2021 / January 2022

Duration: 5 months

Location: Amman, UNICEF Jordan Country Office


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

Education: Be enrolled in an undergraduate, PHD or graduate degree programme, or have graduated within the past two years, preferably in the field of Human Rights, Public Policy, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Political Science, Economics, International Relations or other related fields.

Experience and Skills:

  • Strong research, writing, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to write complex reports, editing skills and demonstrated experience in drafting reports and proposals.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university records.
  • Previous work experience in the humanitarian or development sector considered an asset. 
  • Strong demonstrated skills in research (quantitative and qualitative) and data analysis
  • Strong background in Public Economics and Public Finance is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated capacity in providing support to planning and implementation of activities, including coordination and event management skills.
  • Experience in data collection and analysis software (STATA/ NVivo) is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Arabic is considered an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at

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 a wide range of benefits to its personnel, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. The UNICEF Jordan Country Office has an elevator as well as accessible bathrooms. Core hours in Jordan Country Office are from 09:00 to 15:00 (excluding lunch break), from Sunday to Thursday.

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


This position has been assessed as an not elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is neither: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

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

Apply now
To help us track our recruitment effort, please specify on the application form/indicate in your cover letter where ( you saw this job posting.