UNICEF Iraq Internship Programme in Baghdad (Open to Nationals of Iraq only)

Internship Programme

The UNICEF Iraq Internship Programme offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on and direct practical experience working closely with experienced UNICEF staff. As an intern, you will get learning opportunities in the development sector in an international and multicultural setting and a meaningful internship experience that will support your academic, professional and personal development.

Internship Programme


Adolescent Development, Child Protection, Education, Gender Development, Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Social Policy, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Communication, Partnerships, Emergency, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Supply Management, Early Childhood Development, Senior Leadership Vacancies, Knowledge Management, Legal Affairs, Operations, Security, Innovation, Programme Management, Administration, Audit and Investigation, Social and Behavior Change, Ethics, Executive Management, Financial Management, Facilities Management, Fund Raising, Health and Nutrition, Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Transportation, UN Volunteer


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. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF works in Iraq to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential. We work in at the areas of Health and Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Education, Child Protection, Adolescent Development and Social Policy and Evidence. We also offer opportunities in other functions, such as External Relations and Partnerships, as well as in Management and Operations, such as ICT, Finance and Administration, Supply Management and Human Resources.

What you will gain (purpose of the internship):

  • Experience through practical, hands-on work assignment or special project, linked to the work of UNICEF;
  • Opportunities with work closely with experienced professionals and gain valuable skills and knowledge that will advance your professional development;
  • Exposure to an international and multi-cultural work environment;
  • Opportunities to meet and network with professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultures and build professional relationships.

What we offer:

  • A clear terms of reference outlining roles and responsibility in a practical work assignment or special project linked to the work of UNICEF;
  • An orientation session for newcomers to UNICEF, introducing important organizational topics designed to integrate new staff into the organization;
  • Sessions on career development and employment opportunities in the UN system;
  • A flexible start date from 1 July 2023;
  • Assignments in Baghdad, Basra, Dohuk or Erbil;
  • An internship assignment between 3 to 6 months;
  • UNICEF provides a monthly stipend to interns.

Do you meet the requirements?

  • I am enrolled in a university degree programme in an undergraduate, graduate school or be a recent university graduate (you have graduated within the last two years);
  • I am studying in the following fields:
    • International development, human rights, education, economics, statistics, public health, public administration, water and sanitation engineering, psychology, sociology, international law, or another social science field, or;
    • Communication, journalism or public relations, or;
    • Business administration, finance, supply chain management, information technology or human resources;
  • I have strong academic performance as demonstrated by recent university records or by a reference letter from an academic supervisor;
  • I have no immediate relatives (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister) working with UNICEF;
  • I have knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications including MS Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word);
  • I am fluent in English.

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it.

Equity, inclusion and diversity are at the heart of what we do. For UNICEF, representation matters.

We know our diversity is what makes us stronger, more innovative and more creative. Our wealth of backgrounds, languages, cultures, abilities and ethnicities is the driving force behind our work for every child.

For the UNICEF Iraq Internship Programme, qualified female candidates and persons living with disabilities will be prioritized.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. Selection into the internship programme is also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

Application Deadline: 23 Jun 2023

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