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, care
In poor and remote areas, poor transportation, limited finances, a lack of expertise within local government agencies and deeply held social norms all limit the reach of already limited welfare and protection services. Vulnerable children are often the most in need and also less likely to access services because of low awareness, poverty, fear of stigma, and language barriers, as well as their caregivers’ own lack of education and knowledge of what services are available, or how to access them. China has a welfare system, albeit limited, to support its poorest citizens but public spending on social services for child protection remains low. Child protection services are being developed, especially professional social work services that help children and families across society to develop positive relationships and that protect children from harm, including neglect and physical, emotional, and sexual violence.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) to work through Barefoot Social Worker (BFSW) programme, in developing a holistic and integrated approach to social welfare and child protection with community workers as the front-line service.
In this regard, the Child Protection Section is hiring five interns to support this programme which will in return offer them the opportunity to learn about child rights and rights-based child protection programming, including on accessible child protection services for every child with no bias regarding gender, disabilities and any other vulnerabilities.
This internship programme has been running for a number of years and has received positive feedback from interns who have participated in the programme. It has been found that involving interns in the BFSW and child advocates programme has benefited both the programme and the interns, who have learned about UNICEF programmes, child rights and child protection. Moreover, it has provided the interns with an insight into UNICEF, which a number of them had never heard of before starting the internship. Therefore, despite the possibly continuous challenges related to the impact of COVID-19, the Child Protection Section would like to continue the internship programme in 2020.
How can you make a difference?
The interns are expected –
- To support and improve programme documentation translation for better knowledge management related to child protection and welfare.
- To support and improve child ambassadors training in child participation.
- To learn about UNICEF and UNICEF China’s Barefoot Social Worker and/or child advocates programmes.
For more details, please visit the Terms of References -2020 internship TOR BFSW – for advertisement.doc
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University students: major in English, Art, or other relevant areas such as social work, research, or child protection
- Previous volunteer/intern experience desired but not necessary.
- Fluency in English and Chinese is required.
- Good computer skills are required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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.
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 linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531532