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UNICEF Internship Recruitment Child Survival and Development Section 2021

UNICEF Internship Recruitment Child Survival and Development Section

Organization: UNICEF

Job no: 540349
Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: Tripoli, Libya
Categories: Internship

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, Health

Prior to the 2011 revolution, Libya was an upper-middle-income country that had made progress in its Millennium Development Goals.1  The vacuum of effective governance since 2011 has contributed to the increase in armed conflict and the deterioration of security, the rule of law, basic service delivery, and economic recovery. Libya is divided between two rival governing authorities: the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the ‘interim government’ backed by the House of Representatives and the Libyan National Army (LNA). The political stalemate dissolved into open warfare in April 2019 when the LNA launched an offensive against Tripoli. Following the ceasefire in October 2020, there was a reduction in armed conflict and a slow return of displaced persons. The Government of National Unity (GNU) has been approved in March with the main objective to prepare the country for elections in December 2021.

The armed conflict had devastating humanitarian consequences for children and families. An estimated 1.3 million people, including around 481,000 children (235,690 boys and 245,310 girls) require humanitarian assistance.5 As of October 2020, there were 316,415 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and 567,802 returnees across Libya.6  There are approximately 574,146 migrants and refugees (9 percent children – 2 percent of which are unaccompanied) in Libya.  An estimated 2,000 refugees and migrants are being held in detention, 27 percent of which are children, in inhuman conditions.10 

Access to and quality of healthcare significantly deteriorated in 2020, with a grave risk of increased communicable and non-communicable disease. An estimated 1.2 million people are in need of primary and secondary health services, including 425,705 children.13 More than half of the health care facilities functioning in 2019 have closed due to security issues and funding deficits. Those that remain open are constrained by significant shortages of staff, medicines and supplies; notably, an estimated 70 percent of primary health care facilities do not have the 20 most essential medications.14 During two months in 2020, there was a stockout of essential vaccines, including those that prevent childhood diseases such as measles and polio. By the end of the year, there were indications that another vaccine stock-out was imminent.15  

The COVID-19 morbidity and mortality rate have steadily increased in 2021.16 The deterioration in the healthcare system has hampered efforts to control COVID-19. Existing treatment and testing facilities are predominately located in Tripoli and Benghazi; large areas of Libya are without access to services. Significant gaps in the availability of Personal Protective Equipment as well as inadequate measures to prevent and control transmission have resulted high healthcare worker transmission rates.17 Risk Communication and Community Engagement are vital to stopping further transmission, but local capacity is limited.   The Covid-19 vaccination campaign started in mid-April targeting priority groups as outline in the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP).

How can you make a difference?

Under the leadership and guidance of the Chief Child Survival and Development and in close collaboration with section colleagues, you will be responsible for supporting the following:

1)- Programme planning:

Participate in section meeting and contribute to preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis to inform strategic response plans

2)- Implementation and reporting:

Support project/ programme initiation, implementation and reporting, tracking deliverables and  supply chain..

3)- Grant management:

Map grants against activities and using available tool, support analysis and reporting against budget line items of respective grant and track utilization of funds against donor conditions

4)- Innovation and knowledge management:

Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches, and good practices for sustainable health project/ programme initiatives


The intern will work remotely and will have to deploy own resources for the execution of these terms of reference.  These include own workspace, computer, internet connection and phone,

Tentative start date: As soon as offer is accepted

Duration: Two months with a possibility of one-month extension

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

  • Be enrolled in an advanced/undergraduate university degree (Master’s or higher) in
  • A relevant background in Health and Nutrition
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • 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) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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. 


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

Deadline: 17 May 2021 E. Europe Daylight Time