Internship: Climate and Environment Interns (6 months)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Kathmandu, Nepal 🇳🇵

Job no: 547605
Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: Nepal
Categories: Programme Management

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, a champion

The UNICEF Internship Programme offers qualified and eligible students a unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work and the United Nations system under the direct supervision of an experienced UNICEF staff.

The purpose of this Internship is to support the Climate Change and Environment, Degradation Section in ROSA to mainstream climate and environment into UNICEF’s core programming, and to support UNICEFs efforts to make children and young people a focus of environmental strategies, and to empower children and young people to participate in climate and environmental action. More specifically the purpose of this internship includes:

  • Coordinating with UNICEF Country offices in South Asia to research, consolidating data and information and conduct a mapping exercise of climate policies to date to determine the level of child and youth inclusivity in diverse sectors.
  • Conduct an analysis and policy note detailing results of the mapping focus on key sectors (i.e. WASH, Education, Health).
  • Providing technical support to the Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Unit for planning and programming.
  • Support the development of investment cases on building climate and environment action with children and young people.
  • Support the development of knowledge products on climate, energy, environment, and disaster risk reduction as required. 

How can you make a difference?

  • Liaise with Country Office Staff in South Asia to collect information to develop analysis, policy briefs, and guidance notes on making children and young people a focus of climate and environmental strategies.
  • Liaise with Country Office Staff in South Asia to collect information for the development of climate and environment case studies for different sector and audiences.
  • Recommendations provided to core sections with technical inputs on mainstreaming CEED into Education, WASH, Nutrition, Social Protection sections, among others, including assessment of gaps, opportunities, and proposed guidance towards scaling UNICEFs mainstreaming of CEED into key sectors. 

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


  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree programme or have graduated within the past two years in business, economics, development and/or environmental sciences and related fields.
  • Have excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records. 


  • Strong communication skills, written English skills, and ability to write clearly, succinctly and for a variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge of standard Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and computer skills such as SharePoint.
  • Knowledge of and interest in South Asia news is an asset.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to distil lengthy and often complex content into brief summaries
  • Prior experience with climate, energy, environment, and disaster risk reduction in developing country contexts would be a considerable asset.
  • Have no immediate relatives (e.g., father, mother, brother, or sister) working in any UNICEF office; and ď‚· Have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

Functional competencies:

  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and relate to diverse staff.
  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, ask for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time.
  • Enthusiastic, creative and happy to take and learn from feedback.  

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


The intern will be remote based and work from home. The intern will work and report to the Climate Change and Environment Degradation Advisor in ROSA. The intern is not expected to travel during the assignment. The intern will be expected to participate in UNICEF meetings of interest to the student, including the seminar series for UNICEF interns. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis. This advert is being used to select three (national/international) interns.

Payment Methodology: Monthly stipend in line with UNICEF policy.

Other Requirements:

  • Copy of your most recent official transcript showing excellent academic performance.
  • A letter of signed recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address.
  • Start date: 1 February 2022.

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

Advertised: 13 Jan 2022 Nepal Standard Time
Deadline: 20 Jan 2022 Nepal Standard Time




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