Child Protection Intern – UNICEF St. Maarten Recovery Programming
For Every Child Hope: UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
On 6 September 2017, hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The island of St. Maarten was heavily affected with 90% of structures damaged. Shortly after the storm, UNICEF conducted post-disaster needs assessments on St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba in the area of education and child protection from a children’s rights perspective. Based on the findings of the assessments, UNICEF formulated related recommendations, with corresponding activities, directed toward the national and local governments involved.
UNICEF Netherlands seeks to recruit an intern to support the locally based Child Protection Specialist with day to day duties and the implementation of the following activities:
- Organization of psychosocial support training for 120 professionals.
- Support to after school services for adolescents and youth, including recreation, sports and cultural activities as well as life skills based education through the World Coaches program.
- Identification and follow up of children who left the island, as well as those who have returned or whose status is unknown.
- Identification of the coping mechanisms and wellbeing of vulnerable groups, focusing on undocumented children and families to inform further planning.
This internship position offers qualified and eligible students the unique opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced UNICEF staff. To be considered for an internship with UNICEF, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in legal studies, international development studies, or related social sciences field;
- Proficiency and professional writing skills in English;
- Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications;
- Excellent academic performance as demonstrated by recent university or institution records;
- Available to remain on St. Maarten for the internship from around February 2018 to July 2018
- Able to arrange own housing on St. Maarten.
For Every Child the intern must demonstrate our core values of commitment, diversity and integrity and our core competences in communication, working with people, and aiming for results. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.
Please submit all applications to Project Leader Marieke Roelfsema by February 6th, 2018: MRoelfsema@unicef.nl.