UNICEF Headquarters (Policy Advisory Unit)

Research Intern

Location: New York, NY
Duration:  June 1st  – August 10th
Housing:  student must secure housing on her own
Qualifications:  Advanced student in Economics, International Relations with an interest in International Development; coursework in statistics/econometrics preferred.

The Policy Advisory Unit at UNICEF headquarters works on a wide spectrum of child sensitive social policy related issues, such as social budgeting, social protection, economic crisis recovery and child poverty and disparities. 

The unit supports the 50+ country initiative, the Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities. The study explores the patterns of income and non-income deprivations and disparities children are being exposed to in different countries and regions globally, and highlights opportunities to prevent and address these deprivations, including through social protection interventions as well as broader and/or more effective social and economic policies, programs and partnerships.

The intern will provide support to ongoing work around the UNICEF led Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities and the section’s work on equity related issues.  The scope of this assignment may be extended further once a decision is reached on whether the unit will pursue the production of a Global Report on Child Poverty and Disparities.

Work assignments:  In consultation with supervisors specific activities will include:

  • Support the unit in maintaining updated information on relevant anti-poverty and pro-equity policies
  • Support the unit in the development of improved child poverty and inequality measurements
  • Provide updated child poverty information to be included in the UNICEF child poverty portal, this includes researching and summarizing the country studies on child poverty
  • Undertake research and other support needed to maintain a strong child poverty knowledge network, through the Global Study Blog/the Child Poverty Network/The policy advocacy blog. Provide assistance to the production of the monthly/bi-monthly Child Poverty Insights.
  • Support the work of the Global Study country teams – work will include providing ongoing support on data content, report content and advocacy work
  • Maintain up-to date overview of country progress for countries participating in the Study
  • If the unit pursues a Global Report on Child Poverty and Disparities, then contribute to the initial phase of work related to production of the report, more specifically to provide support in collaborating with academic partners for the development of a multidimensional child poverty index
  • Support the unit on other related tasks as requested

To apply, read the application guidelines and submit submit the Universal Application Form by February 22, 2013 at 5 pm. All applicants MUST meet with Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning, by February 15, 2013 for a pre-application meeting. Please call the McCulloch Center at x2072 to schedule an appointment.