Part-time remote Internship with the UNICEF Migrant and Refugee Programme, Italy (11 months)


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

UNICEF’s Migrant and Refugee Programme in Italy was set up in 2016 and is articulated in 3 programmes 1.Youth & Adolescent Development 2. Child Protection and 3. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) The 2 pillars of the adolescent programme are 1) giving voice and strengthening participation of adolescent migrants and refugees together with their Italian peers 2) skills building for future employability of both adolescent migrants and refugees and Italian students.

We are a small programme team comprised of 1 Child protection Specialist, 1 Youth and Adolescent Specialist and 1 Gender Based Violence (GBV) Specialist, supported by a number of consultants. We also have several Implementing Partners (IPs) who are on the ground to implement our interventions. We pride ourselves of working for and with adolescents and young people and of adopting innovative approaches at all stages of the programme.

We have established several strategic partnerships with Government (Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies), national and municipal Ombudspersons, UN partners (UNHCR and IOM) and the private sector (Facebook Community Hub). Over the past year, the number of donors supporting the programme has increased, including new donors form the private sector.

Since the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022, 53.669 Ukrainian citizens have arrived in Italy as of March 18, one out of 2 being a woman and 40 percent being children. UNICEF is responding to the arrival of Ukrainian citizens through the provision of services and support for children and their families.

Support includes the involvement of adolescent and young people themselves in a number of offline and online channels, including U-Report on the Move ( U-report is a mobile phone-based technology that provides a forum of opinion and information sharing. Globally it counts 21 million users in more than 80 countries. In Ukraine U Report has more than 100,000 users. Through U-report young people are able to digitally connect with their peers via telegram, whatsapp, facebook, respond to weekly polls and be agents of change in their communities.

How can you make a difference?

We are seeking a motivated intern who would like to join the team and help turn current challenges and brilliant ideas into actual change. We value young talent and are looking for a dynamic intern who is a fast-learner and team player and is proactive, resourceful and keen to learn. S/he should also have a strong passion for making an impact for children.

More specifically, the main responsibilities of the intern will include but are not limited to:

  • Support registration of Ukrainian youth in Italy to U-Report on the move via mobilization sessions;
  • Support the preparation and implementation of content (posts, videos, photos etc.) for dissemination via U report on the move;
  • Support the adaptation and translation of U-Report and other content produced by the Adolescent programme;
  • Monitor the implementation of U-Report for young Ukrainians in Italy.

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

  • Be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate or graduate school, or be a recent graduate in the area of political sciences, international relations, social communication or related fields.
  • Demonstrate excellent academic performance through recent university or institution records. Additional consideration will be given to any past professional experience.
  • Have fluency in Ukrainian (required) and intermediate English and/or Italian. Knowledge of the Russian language will be an asset.
  • Knowledge or previous participation in UNICEF’s adolescent programmes is an asset.
  • Have knowledge of MS Office (required).
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor; and
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working in any UNICEF office and have no other relatives in the line of authority that the intern will report to.


Stipend: The selected intern will be paid a monthly stipend as per applicable UNICEF policy; however, the selected intern needs to be able to fund themselves for their travel to the duty station, their accommodation and living expenses at the duty station during the internship. UNICEF accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during the internship. If not EU citizens, interns have to demonstrate a proof of medical and accident insurance in Italy prior to the beginning of the internship.

Insurance: Intern must have appropriate medical and accident coverage for the given duty station and provide a proof of such insurance to HR along with other required documents prior to commencement of the internship.

Mandatory Courses: Selected intern will be requested to complete online mandatory courses prior to commencement of the internship.

Location: The intern will work part-time, remotely with some travel to Rome, Italy, when required, for 11 months: 2 May 2022 – 28 April 2023. The duration of a part-time internship cannot exceed the equivalent of twenty-six weeks on a full-time basis. Intern is expected to work and be available for calls/meetings during working hours in Rome time zone.


Qualified candidates are requested to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • CV / Resume;
  • Cover Letter stating availability (dates) and motivation;
  • Recent university or institution records certificate (or a reference letter from the academic supervisor confirming a strong performance should the records certificate not be available at this stage); and
  • P11 form (The P11 can be downloaded from here: or duly completed online application profile

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA), 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 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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

The purpose of the Internship Programme is not to lead to further employment with UNICEF but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.

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