Internship – Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) – Florence

Florence, Italy
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Internship – Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) – Florence

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Internship – Best of UNICEF Research (BOUR) – Florence

Main Duties

The intern will work under the supervision of Kerry Albright, Chief, Research Facilitation and Knowledge Management at the Office of Research – Innocenti in Florence, Italy. Day to day supervision will be provided by the Best of UNICEF Research project manager. The main responsibilities/tasks will include:

  • Agree a workplan supporting management of the ‘Best of UNICEF Research 2020’ project phases in consultation with the project manager.
  • Monitor and follow up each phase interacting with Country Offices/Regional Offices/National Committees/Headquarter divisions, the External Review Panel and Innocenti colleagues, under the guidance of the project manager.
  • During the internal assessment phase: Distribute all submissions to review groups, monitor the review process and provide assistance as needed, participate in reviewing the submitted research, collate all results and communicate them to the submitting offices and divisions, produce a ‘facts & figures’ summary of the key features of the 2020 research submissions.
  • During the external assessment phase: Support the project manager in coordination of the selection of the top (10-12) pieces including the review by the external panel; communicate regularly with the submitting offices and divisions.
  • During the publication and communication phase: Work with the project manager and the Communications team to support and answer queries during the writing, copy-editing, design and publication process, prepare a story on the winning entries for the UNICEF intranet and support and identify external promotion channels; send results and feedback to submitting offices and divisions as requested.
  • Support the Chief, Research Facilitation and Knowledge Management and the project manager in other tasks associated with implementation of strategic innovations and future direction of Best of UNICEF Research, drawing upon ideas identified in the Best of UNICEF Research Retrospective publication of 2019
  • Support the Chief, Research Facilitation and Knowledge Management and the Director’s Office in production of PowerPoint presentations and similar outputs summarising Best of UNICEF Research and other research-related data upon request.

Minimum Requirements and Competencies

The candidate should:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme at an accredited institution, preferably in the Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Business Administration, Public Health, Education, Development Communication or other fields related to the work of UNICEF (or be a recent graduate within the past two years);
  • Be Fluent in English. Knowledge of other UN working languages is considered an advantage (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).
  • Have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor
  • 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 which the intern will report to.
  • Have a visa which allows the applicant to complete an internship in Italy (UNICEF does not arrange visas for interns).
  • Have comprehensive health insurance coverage for the duration of the internship.
Required competencies
  • Technical – strong research and analytical skills, including a strong grounding in qualitative and quantitative research design and methods and an ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts.
  • Technical – Excellent understanding and knowledge of software such as, but not limited to, Microsoft Office applications, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.; basic statistical analysis and reporting skills (percentages, means, and drawing of charts);
  • Technical – Technical: Ability to assess research in at least one of the following thematic areas: health, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, nutrition, education, child protection, social inclusion, or research that cuts across a number of thematic areas/disciplines.
  • Managing resources – Be self-sufficient, comfortable organizing and managing time and information to achieve defined goals and optimum results and able to work to strict deadlines.
  • Communication – Able to effectively present thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts, in a clear, concise and readily understood manner, both verbally and in writing. Able to listen to and acknowledges others’ perspectives and views.
  • Flexibility – Able to work effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and to adapt to changing demands and circumstances.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of SharePoint software and experience with strategic use of social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms
  • Possess some research publication/s in a refereed journal.
  • Have experience of communicating scientific concepts in a simple way to non-specialists
  • Have knowledge of and experience with the academic peer review process.
  • Possess some knowledge of Italian
Closing date for applications 28 February 2020 before midnight.

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