UNICEF The Americas and Caribbean Regional Office

Research Intern

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

UNICEF work at the country level is increasingly focused on upstream policy issues both in the traditional sectors, such as education and health, as well as in specific social and economic policy (e.g. investment in children or social protection systems). In addition, there is a renewed focus on disparities and the need to advocate for and advice on policies which will increase equity.

General Objectives

Under the general supervision of the Regional Adviser, the intern will research and compile data on economic and social policy frameworks which will have implications for children and women, as well as for UNICEF’s program activities, with a focus on social investment, poverty and disparity reduction strategies in the framework of MDG achievement. The intern will undertake data analysis and progress reporting, for all country offices in the region in order to support policy advice and advocacy.

Specific Activities

Following are some tasks that intern may be assigned:

  1. Assist in the review and analysis of data and evidence on child poverty and disparities.
  2. Assist in the analysis of social protection systems, in particular in relation to nutrition and HIV/AIDS.
  3. Assist in the review budgets and social investment.
  4. Contribute to the expansion of the database of UNICEF initiatives and activities at the sub-national level.
  5. Continuously collect evidence on the impact of the economic crisis on children.
  6. Collect and systematize political, social, and economic information by country.
  7. Conduct a preliminary research on the impact of environmental issues and climate change on child well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  8. Contribute to the study of the effect on children of demographic trends such as migration and urbanization and to explore policy options in these changing contexts.

To apply, read the application guidelines and 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.