Internship supporting UNICEF engagement with and on business in ESAR, Nairobi, Kenya (ESARO) (6 months)

  • Contract
  • Kenya


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, hope

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of her/his supervisor, the intern will : 

  • Support knowledge management activities relevant to private sector engagement, including the documentation of good examples in engaging with the private sector strategically aligned with the prorgamme priorities at their country offices.
  • Support internal and external communications on private sector engagement activities and strategies jointly with the communications team at the regional office utilizing various channels such as websites, social media and SharePoint collaboration sites.
  • Supporting the production of advocacy documents targeted to business audience on key topics such as ESG, climate change, Child Rights and Business issues, etc.
  • Prepare briefings, one-pagers and presentation materials as needed
  • Support the engagement with a particular industry (to be defined) with relevant UNCIEF colleagues such as extractives, ICT, agribusiness, etc.
  • Support other activities related to business engagement and capacity building initiatives needed/requested by the Corporate Alliances Specialist.

Some learning components of this internship also include:

  • Improving knowledge on child rights and business
  • Understanding of how to engage with business to accelerate outcomes for children
  • Improving understanding of UNICEF’s activities, policies and organization
  • Improving organization, communication and coordination skills

To qualify as an advocate for every child you must…

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in business, marketing, corporate social responsibility, sustainaiblity, economics or similar discipline. Applications should be supported by the latest academic transcript or graduation certificate or reference letter from an academic supervisor.
  • Be able and willing to take on the internship remotely on a full-time basis for the internship duration.
  • Be fluent in English. Knowledge of a second United Nations an asset (Some countries in the region have Portuguese and French as their official language).
  • Have strong analytical and writing abilities, attention to detail and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Have strong communication skills, written English skills, and ability to write clearly, succinctly and for a variety of audiences.
  • Have interest in UNICEF mandate and its work on business issues and human rights.
  • Any relevant work or volunteer experience particularly in Africa will be considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, ,Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies

  • Builds and maintains partnership
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

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 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.



In accordance with UNICEF’s guidelines, all interns must receive a stipend, and in the case of this internship the full stipend shall be covered by the partner institution. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.

Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.


UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrollment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work. If accepted, the intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

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


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