Batch of National Interns for UNICEF Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (for Tajik Nationals only), 6 months (paid internship)

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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, support,

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life— in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

UNCEF Tajikistan is seeking to fill the Batch of National Interns for 2024. While placement in the roster does not guarantee an internship with UNICEF, candidates placed in the roster may be offered placement through a desk review/direct selection process.

National Interns will be responsible for executing a broad variety of tasks for the relevant sections. National Interns will report to respective supervisors and will support the respective section by carrying out a range of program and administrative support functions to help develop, implement and monitor the sectoral portfolio of Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Adolescent development programmes, Communication and advocacy, Planning and Monitoring, Operations (supply/admin/HR) sections, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations.

The intern reports to the respective supervisor and provides support by carrying out a range of programme and administrative support functions to help develop, implement and monitor the sectoral portfolio.

Key deliverables:
• Support knowledge management for the respective programme/operation/sections with programme implementation, including preparing training activities, monitoring of activities as per the workplans, following up on action points from programmatic visits, documentation of programme activities and data collection in collaboration with republican centers implementing nutrition programmes;
• Support with day-to day administrative and operational tasks of the programme/operations/sections
• Help to organize meetings including taking responsibility for the finalization of meeting agenda, invitations, the production and distribution of documentation, and preparation of minutes of meetings; distribute meeting reports and information; and ensure follow-up on required actions
• Helps in translation and editing documents
• Support development of a repository of approved policies, guidelines, protocols and programme materials in the respective folder of UNICEF SharePoint
• Any other task as required for the programme/operations/sections.

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

• Be enrolled in an advanced degree programme or be a recent graduate in the area of Education, Child Protection, Nutrition, Public Health, Medicine,  Social Science, Development Studies or other relevant fields
• Knowledge of Tajik or Russian and an advanced level of English is required.
• Have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records or, if not available, a reference letter from an academic supervisor;
• Good organization, analytical and communication skills;
• Possess high sense of responsibility, judgment, initiative, tact, and discretion;
• Previous experience as a volunteer, demonstrated leadership /intern in INGOs or UN is considered an advantage;
• Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment;
• Good computer skills and management of work using online platforms; and
• Experience working with statistical software such as STATA or SPSS and online platforms such as Activity Info and Power BI would be an asset


Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
1. Cover letter, application and CV.
2. Proof of enrolment in a degree programme in graduate school or a recent graduate copy of degree/diploma.
3. University or institution records showing strong academic performance or reference letter from an academic supervisor.
4. At least two references
5. Documents mentioned are mandatory and failure to submit them will result in disqualification of the application.

Queries can be sent to with the subject line “Roster of National Interns for 2024 ”. Applications must be received in the system by 22/11/2023.

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

[add the 8th competency (Nurtures, leads and manages people) for supervisory role]

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable [Insert candidates from targeted underrepresented group]are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for international positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

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