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Internship: Knowledge Management – Accra Policy And Evidence Section, ACCRA, GHANA

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Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Ghana

City: Accra

Office: UNICEF Accra

Closing date: Monday, 20 December 2021

Internship: Knowledge Management -Accra, Ghana, Policy and Evidence Section, 6 months

Job no: 546701

Position type: Internship

Location: Ghana Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Ghana

Department/Office: Accra, Ghana

Categories: Knowledge Management

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.

In Ghana, UNICEF cooperates with the Government and other partners to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to ensure equitable access to quality social services, and to expand children’s opportunities to reach their full potential.

With offices in Accra and Tamale, the UNICEF team seeks to achieve results in strategic programme areas. The overall goal is for every child to survive and thrive, to live in a safe and clean environment, to learn, to be protected from violence and exploitation, and to have an equitable chance in life. The current Country Programme of cooperation is aligned with the Government priorities, the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) and Key Results for Children (KRCs) in the West and Central African Region (immunization, nutrition, learning outcomes, ending violence and open defecation). UNICEF main strategies include evidence-based advocacy, system strengthening, integrated programming across sectors, emergency preparedness and response, and innovation.

To know more about what we do, kindly click on the link https://www.unicef.org/ghana/


The UNICEF social protection unit developed a two-year social protection advocacy strategy (2019-2021) to provide guidance to the unit’s advocacy work. The three key objectives of the strategy include influencing budgetary allocation to the social protection sector, creating public awareness on rights and entitlements to social protection and influencing key political parties on social protection priorities for inclusion in party manifestoes. The strategy and its two-year implementation plan have been reviewed to identify key achievements and gaps. The review has led to the identification of key outstanding activities as well as new activities that are critical for the achievement of the change objectives of the strategy. Further to that, the implementation period of the overall advocacy strategy has been extended from Mid-2021 to end of 2022.

One key area of work has been the partnership with CSOs to improve social accountability in the sector which is linked very closely with anchoring social protection delivery in rights-based framework. While the unit seeks to leverage on gains made over the last two years in these areas, the unit seeks to document its work both past and current in a comprehensive manner that would facilitate knowledge sharing and utilization within and outside the GCO.

How can you make a difference

Join our team as an intern and support the knowledge management on the rights-based approach to social protection and the UNICEF/CSOs social accountability programme in the following three broad areas:

Support the development of a knowledge management plan to guide work in these areas.

Support the generation and management of data on the CSOs/UNICEF social accountability partnership.

Support the effective dissemination and utilization of evidence/data in these areas.

Tasks to be completed

The intern will undertake the following activities:

Support the unit to finalize a knowledge management plan for these areas- this will involve working closely with the team to review past work, gaps in data, data needs etc.

Support the collection and synthesis of available relevant data- this will involve taking stock of work done in the past and storing information in an appropriate format.

Support the design and production of communication materials including HIS for relevant stakeholders and for different purposes as may be required.

Support effective dissemination and utilization of information internally and among partners.

Support the ongoing implementation and documentation of work on the CSOs/UNICEF social accountability partnership programme.

Expected Deliverables


The intern is expected to submit the following deliverables:

Data/resource materials collected and stored in a user-friendly manner/formats

At least 4 communication materials developed for different stakeholders

All activities under the social accountability work well documented

Submit final internship report indicating support provided, achievements, skills learnt and recommendation

Supervision and Reporting Arrangement

The intern will be coached and closely supervised by the Social Policy Specialist. S/he will work in close collaboration with the social protection team.

Payment and Payment Schedule

The Intern will receive monthly stipend in accordance with UNICEF guidelines.

Time Frame

January-June 2022

Official Travel Involved

The assignment is based in the Ghana Country office, Accra and will involve a limited number of trips outside Accra. As much as possible, field trips for interns should be minimized to mitigate risks. Arrangement for field trips will be facilitated by the office in the smoothest available way at that point in time. In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic, field travel for intern must be confirmed and strongly justified by supervisor in writing.

Copyright, Patents, and other Proprietary Rights (if applicable)

UNICEF shall be entitled to all intellectual property and other proprietary rights including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to documents and other materials which bear a direct relation to or are prepared or collected in consequence or in the course of the execution of this contract.

General Terms & Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

The intern will be based in UNICEF GCO in Accra. The office will provide equipment and materials necessary for the assignment. The intern will abide by all conditions as per attached UNICEF intern guideline. If required to travel as part of official duty, the intern shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred during official travel authorized by UNICEF. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA or a full board arrangement).

Interns may take up to 2.5 days per month off work for any reason, including for medical reasons. The stipend will be reduced for any absence beyond this quota. The quota is cumulative over the duration of the internship, but there will be no compensation or carry-over to another internship or appointment for unused leave days at the end of the internship.

Policy both Parties Should be Aware of:

Attached checklist and terms and conditions in the internship guideline including proof of health/medical insurance coverage must be complied with and copies received by the office prior to the commencement of internship.

Expected Qualifications, Experience, Specialized Knowledge/Skills and Competencies

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Proof of enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate programme in a University and official letter from school confirming student requires internship.

Up-to date university transcript.

Statement of understanding.

OR Statement of result/certificate evidencing completion of first degree within the last two years.

Fields of study in social sciences or related courses.

Fluency in English is required


Interns are not staff members. Notwithstanding this status, interns shall observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions and procedures and directives of UNICEF.

Interns may contact the Ethics Office and the Ombudsman Office on any issues relating to the UNICEF policy on Prohibition of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority (POLICY/DHR/2020/002), and UNICEF policy on Whistle-blower protection against retaliation (DHR/POLICY/2018/001), or as amended.

Interns shall not be sought or accepted as substitutes to perform staff functions.

Interns shall respect the impartiality and independence required of UNICEF and shall not seek nor accept instructions regarding the services performed under the internship agreement from any Government or from any authority external to UNICEF.

Unless otherwise authorized by the hiring office, interns may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, government, or any external source any information which has become known to them by reasons of their association with UNICEF. They may not use any such information without the written authorization, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations do not lapse after the end of the internship.

Interns shall refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on UNICEF and not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of UNICEF.

There is no expectation of employment at the end of the internship. Interns are eligible to apply for positions within UNICEF. Break in service is not required when applying to positions at UNICEF.

Interns are considered external candidates when applying for staff positions within UNICEF. The internship may be considered as relevant work experience if relevant to a post, in accordance with UNICEF procedure on Step Determination (DHR/PROCEDURE/2019/006), or as amended.

Advertised: Dec 06 2021 Greenwich Standard Time Application close: Dec 20 2021 Greenwich Standard Time



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