UNICEF Viet Nam (Governance Intern)

*This is an extended opportunity.  Note: host organization has added preference for Vietnamese language skills. Please follow guidelines for rolling applications

Location: Ha Noi, Viet Nam 

Duration: Two months minimum (full-time; 5 days per week)

Objective of the internship:

The overall objective of the internship is to undertake an analysis on International and national practises on child budget monitoring/oversight and suggest recommendations for undertaking child budget oversight in Viet Nam.

Key outputs:

The main output is drafting a report on international and national practises on child budget oversight as well as a policy brief.   Suggested outline of this report is as follows:

  • International and national practises on child budget monitoring and oversight
  • Opportunities and challenges in child budget oversight and monitoring
  • Review of current roles and responsibilities of the National Assembly in reviewing and approving the proposed budget at both national and sub-national level 
  • Forwards looking recommendations for moving child budget oversight ahead in Viet Nam

Duties and responsibilities

Under the guidance of and reporting directly to the Parliamentary Governance Specialist, the intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Collect relevant documents that report international and national practises on child budget oversight;
  • Conduct interviews with key informants from relevant agencies (National Assembly’s Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children; Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; NGOs)  to collect further information to support the above mentioned analysis
  • Conduct consultation meetings with UNICEF colleagues and selected informants from relevant agencies and counterpart agencies on key findings and conclusions for finalisation of the report.
  • Support other work related to legal reforms and monitoring children’s rights under supervision of the policy and governance specialist

Learning opportunities

Through the internship, the intern will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the social policy and governance programmes and activities of UNICEF Viet Nam, especially on participatory, evidence-based advocacy;
  • Understand the children situation and emerging issues/challenges in the context of lower middle income country like Viet Nam;
  • Become familiar with work in an international organisation;
  • Gain experience in working in a multi-cultural team.


Under the Constitution of Viet Nam, the National Assembly (NA) is "the highest organ of state power” and “the highest level representative body of the people”. It has the power to develop, adopt, and amend the constitution and to make and amend laws. It also exercises oversight on all activities of the State. At the sub-national level, People’s Councils perform a similar function to the NA, including making important local development decisions and providing oversight to the performance of local governments. In the context of rapid decentralisation in Viet Nam, the role of Provincial Peoples’ Councils is increasingly important especially in resource allocation to address local priorities.

Given the critical role of the National Assembly and people’s councils, UNICEF Viet Nam has developed an important portfolio of work with the National Assembly over the past five years, since 2006. In the new country programme cycle covering the period 2012-2016 the partnership with the National Assembly continues to be strengthened under the framework of the project entitled “Strengthening elected officials’ capacity for oversight of the implementation child’s rights”.

As part of 2014 project workplan, UNICEF is committed to conduct a literature review on international and national practises on child budget monitoring functions of the National Assembly.   The study aims at informing the development of child budget monitoring t tools to be used by elected officials and training for them in Viet Nam. 


UNICEF Viet Nam is seeking an intern with an interest in legal analysis and evidence based legal advocacy.  Specific qualifications required are as follows:

  • Understanding of basic international treaties and commitments
  • Interest in laws, policies, and international comparison of those
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to rapidly analyse and integrate diverse information from varied sources;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Communication skills – to be able to express ideas and thought in both writing and speaking
  • Teamwork - excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills and ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.


  • Excellent writing and oral skill in English and Vietnamese


Currently enrolled, advanced level student in an undergraduate university programme in Social Sciences, Political Science, Laws, or related fields.

Please note that internships at UNICEF are non-remunerative. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel, lodging and living expenses during the internship period.

Supervisor: Pham Thi Lan (Policy and Governance Specialist)