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Zimbabwe: Intern -Social Protection learning opportunity

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Zimbabwe
Closing date: 18 Jun 2017

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, hope.

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students at both Headquarters (HQ) and Country Offices (CO) the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff.

To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme; and
  2. Be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages: English, French, Spanish. Russian, Mandarin or Arabic. Additional language requirements may apply;and
  3. Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records

Purpose of the internship:

The Child Protection Specialist, with support from Chief of Child Protection, will be supervising the intern.


The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (MoPSLSW), in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the international Donor community and civil society, developed the third phase of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (NAP III). The NAP III is a Cabinet-mandated child and social protection framework to address childhood vulnerability (including violence, exploitation and abuse, extreme poverty and the impacts of HIV/AIDS) in Zimbabwe and covers the period 2016 – 2020. To operationalise this framework, resources were mobilized under the Child Protection Fund II (CPFII) which is administered by UNICEF and funded by several donors.

The NAP III is implementing interventions which include a social protection component focusing on cash transfers to labour constrained food poor households. Most of these households are generation gap and have children in them. The HSCT is currently undergoing a lot of conceptual changes and operational improvements including e-transfers and structured grievance mechanisms and social accountability. The programme theory of change has also been recently revisited to refocus on the violence against children pathways and how the HSCT can be modelled along the lines of VAC prevention and promotion of child well-being. All these programme developments open a remarkable opportunity for advanced academics at PhD level to gain valuable experience while at the same contributing independent theoretical input into the programme. An Impact Evaluation follow up study is planned to start in June and this presents a good opportunity for internal academic engagement. Ongoing documentation and practical monitoring is necessary for continuous programme learning, evidence generation and improvement. A student studying towards attaining a PhD will therefore be a valuable asset in bridging the gap between theoretical grounding and practical programme learning and documentation.

2. Aim

Under the general guidance of Chief, Child Protection, the intern will work closely with the Child Protection Specialist in the implementation of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfers (HSCT) and gain practical hands mentorship in social protection systems and administration. This will offer a practical and hands-on learning experience for project management.

3. Methodology & Expected Output

The intern will be expected to gain learning on:

  1. Multi-sector coordination and administration of social protection programs
  2. HSCT processes from an administrative, technical implementation and evidence generation
  3. Programme Monitoring approaches and documentation of processes, outputs and outcomes
  4. Social Protection Risk Management and keeping of up-to-date programme risk registers
  5. Social protection systems development and workforce support issues
  6. Overall social work-linked child protection systems support work
  7. Learning opportunities for the intern
  8. Understanding of the Child protection Section’s child protection and social protection Programmes
  9. Social and child protection hands-on experience
  10. All round administrative, programming and M&E experience
  11. Practical experience in generation of social protection evidence
  12. Familiarity with working within the United Nations as a multi-cultural environment **

Expected outputs:

  1. Activity reports linked to tasks assigned and mentored

  2. Meeting minutes and action plans for follow ups

  3. Publishable paper on HSCT day to day implementation

Final Internship Report covering main areas of learning and experience gained **

Duration: The internship will be for 3.5 months days starting June 2017


  1. Currently enrolled in a programme at PhD in social sciences, particularly social protection, sociology or social work.
  2. Good knowledge on field research methodologies in social science, social protection in particular. Previous experience involved in a study/research on child protection or social protection would be a great asset.
  3. Excellent analytical and writing skills. Analytical, methodical and precise style of writing and presentation skills in English are essential;

    Our core values are Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and our Core Competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. **

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link