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INTERNSHIP – Social Policy (Disability Inclusion), 6.5 Months, Full-time, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Contract type: Internship
Level: Internship
Location: Ethiopia
Categories: Social and Economic Policy

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, an advocate

UNICEF Ethiopia’s Social Policy section focuses on social inclusion, and one specific area of work is on disability inclusive programming. Estimates for the number of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia ranges from 7.8 million (9.3 per cent of the population) to 15 million (17.6 per cent) with an estimated 55 per cent being children. Persons with disabilities in Ethiopia are amongst the poorest and most marginalized groups. In urban areas, the extreme poverty rate for persons with disabilities is 41 per cent higher than people without disabilities, with children having the highest rate of extreme poverty. Multi-dimensional child poverty for children with disabilities impacts every aspect of a household, including their access to and affordability of basic services (health, nutrition, education, WASH and protection), and the situation for children with disabilities in Ethiopia is exacerbated by recurring climate change-induced disasters, public health emergencies, and conflict.

The intern is expected to work closely with the Social Policy team and other UNICEF programme sections to support the identification and development of partnerships with disability persons organizations (DPOs), support the data and knowledge management needs related to disability inclusive programming, and support the overall disability mainstreaming within UNICEF programming.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief of Social Policy, the intern will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide administrative and technical inputs for disability inclusion meetings with multiple stakeholders, as well provide backstopping support.
  • Undertake disability research, analysis of the findings and prepare briefing notes and reports on assigned disability-related subject areas of interest to UNICEF, Donors & Partners as identified.
  • Assist in documenting and cataloguing disability-related information, as well collating information on disability collected from multiple stakeholders.
  • Assist in the organization of events (training events, workshops, seminars, conferences, missions etc.) and draft/edit reports of the same as may be required.
  • Undertake day-to-day administrative tasks as required.

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

  • Enrolment at a university in Ethiopia at the undergraduate or graduate level or be a recent graduate (within the past two years) in social sciences is required.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of MS Office is required.
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills.
  • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team.
  • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences.
  • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures and working environments.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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 Ethiopia especially encourages qualified female candidates, and persons living with disabilities, to apply.

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.


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


Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time



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