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Title: Innovation Communication Intern/Volunteer
Location: UNICEF Supply Division/ Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration of Initial Contract: 8 month period
Starting Date: 29th of June, 2015
Application Deadline:  21st June, 2015

At UNICEF Supply Division (SD), specialists across the organisation conduct many Product Innovation Projects. The Innovation Unit’s role is to work with the different SD centres, offering support and assistance to efficiently develop ideas and concepts into procurable solutions for UNICEF’s worldwide programmes. In 2015 the Innovation Unit in Copenhagen and in New York created a consolidated Innovation website (www.unicef.org/innovation), to communicate projects and case studies and challenges UNICEF is facing. The website is used by UNICEF’s country offices, regional offices and headquarters and aims to share the organisation’s work on Innovation with audiences including private sector, academia, NGO’s and other UN agencies.

Based in Copenhagen, the main purpose of the position is to support the Innovation Unit in the communication of UNICEF’s stories of innovation, in collaboration with specialists based in UNICEF’s HQ and global country offices through existing platforms and social media.

The Innovation Unit at UNICEF Supply Division seek an intern/volunteer for an 8 months period starting 29 June, 2015.

The position will report to the Project Officer (Innovation), Directors Office.

It is important to note that as with all internships with UNICEF, this internship is unpaid.


Main Duties/ Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority and the given organisational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties.

  1. Co-ordinate, monitor, update and support external and internal website content creation with innovation news, projects and updates from within the UNICEF Innovation network.
  2. Support the implementation of both IU’s communication strategy, including training of staff of communication platform use.
  3. Liaise with business units, centres and country offices for the collaborative content creation.
  4. In collaboration with the Project Officer, manage workflow around the Innovation Review Board sessions, including, preparing submission for the board members, reporting on outcomes and ensuring documents are archived according to division procedures.
  5. Assist the Innovation Unit in any additional tasks.



Registered in a Masters level program in a Communications, Integrated Marketing, Digital Media, English, and Journalism, Innovation or Information Technology related discipline, preferably with a focus on communications management or knowledge management.


  • Website development, design and maintenance.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Active writer, author and/or blogger.
  • Administration.


Core Competencies

  • Effective communicator of verbal and written concepts to international audiences.
  • Able to work well in a team environment with colleagues in Copenhagen, New York and worldwide country offices.
  • Good typing skills – able to record live minutes during complex meetings.
  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, ask for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time.

Functional Competencies:

  • Able to work independently and problem-solving oriented.
  • Able to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Attention to detail, good prioritization skills.
  • Good communication skills.

Technical Knowledge:  

  • Knowledge of standard MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and a website CMS (HTML, Red Dot).
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, photo editing software and web applications.
  • The post requires awareness of current thinking and techniques of media and communications.


Fluency in written and spoken English is essential and knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.


Diversity and Inclusion

Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible.


Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately

addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behaviour; resists pressure in decision-making from internal

and external sources; does not abuse power or authority.


Demonstrates commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the wider UN system; demonstrates the values of UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/ application.
  2. CV
  3. Examples of previous, relevant work.
  4. References.
  5. P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website).

Applications are to be sent to: innovateforchildren@unicef.org with subject line “Innovation Communications Intern” by 21st June 2015, 23:59 CET.

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