Internships with UNFPA Country / Regional Offices In Africa and Asia – University of Copenhagen

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29 September 2017

Internships with UNFPA Country / Regional Offices In Africa and Asia

Position Intern
Duration 1 February - 31 May
Time The internship will be full time with an expected workload of 40 hours per week
Where

UNFPA Regional Office in South Africa; Senegal, and; Thailand.

UNFPA Country Offices in Africa and Asia including; Uganda, Malawi, Ghana, Liberia, Sao Tome, Equatorial Guinea, Bangladesh, Lao, DR Congo, Rwanda, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon. Some country offices are subject to final confirmation and others may be added.

Conditions The internship is unpaid. Costs related to travel, insurance, visa and
accommodation will exclusively be covered by the applicant. UNFPA Nordic Office and relevant country office will need to see documentation of insurance coverage prior to the commencement of the internship

Who we are

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

For this purpose, UNFPA supports sexuality education and information; access to contraception, including condoms to protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and access to health care during pregnancy and childbirth. UNFPA also promotes programs targeted at eliminating female genital mutilation and child marriage.

UNFPA supports developing countries with population data collection and analysis for national development strategies. UNFPA’s Headquarters are located in New York. The Fund works in over 155 countries around the world.

For more information on UNFPA’s work, please visit our website at www.unfpa.org

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the UNFPA Country/Regional Representative or other staff appointed by the Country/Regional Representative, the intern will assist the Country/Regional Office. The position may include the following: 

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Drafting working documents related to project management, communications etc.
  2. Collecring and analyzing data.
  3. Monitoring and evaluating developments
  4. Other tasks in accordance with the agreed work plan. 

A specific work plan with intended achievements and learning outcomes for the duration of the Internship will be agreed upon between the intern and the Country/Regional Office.

 Qualifications and Experience

Applicants within the following fields of study will be preferred:

  • Public Health (sexual and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections incl. HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, nutrition)
  • Global Health
  • Demography
  • Economics incl. health economics
  • Political Science
  • Social anthropology incl. community participation
  • Development studies incl. monitoring and evaluation
  • Communication
  • Gender, incl. gender equality and gender based violence
  • Human Resources Management
  • Procurement, incl. supply chain management

 Furthermore it is a requirement that the successful applicant has:

  1. Enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme in one of the Nordic countries; Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
  2. Proven academic progress and experience working with complex issues.
  3. Fluency in English.
  4. A solid knowledge of French for students applying for an internship in francophone countries.
  5. A solid knowledge of Portuguese for students applying for an internship in Mozambique.
  6. Ability to write and work clearly and concisely and with attention to detail.
  7. Initiative, sound judgment and ability to work with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds.

General

The successful intern should be ready to assist in other related duties as required, including ad hoc tasks.

Learning Elements

Upon completion of the internship the Intern should have gained:

  1. Increased understanding of the UN system.
  2. Understanding of the UNFPA mandate and policies.
  3. Understanding of the dynamics of an Inter-Agency Programme.
  4. Knowledge of technical language and working procedures.
  5. Competences in writing and formulating documents.
  6. Networking skills.
  7. The ability to work as a team member in a multicultural setting

For more information

Please contact Patricia Grundberg, tel. +45 4533 7303 or email: grundberg@unfpa.org

More information on UNFPA:

When applying

Applications should be sent to the following contact persons and email addresses:

University of Copenhagen: Bjørg Elvekjær at belv@sund.ku.dk

 Please prepare a cover letter of max 1 page indicating;

  • Your preferred region – East and Southern Africa; West and Central Africa and/or Asia and the Pacific – you may also include one or two preferred countries within your chosen region. Please also indicate if you wish for your application to be suggested to another country office if your preferred country is not available.
  • Your preferred area of work, functional and/or thematic

In addition, attach a CV (including language skills). Please merge the cover letter and CV into one PDF-file.

Deadline for application is extended untill 23 October.