UNICEF China Beijing
Internship – Support ‘Better Business for Children’, Beijing, China
Job no: 527620
Work type: Internship
Categories: Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Communication / External Relations, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UN and Multilateral Affairs, Internship
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.
For every child, an advocate
Business has significant direct and indirect impacts across the whole spectrum of children’s rights. As a result, business has a responsibility to respect children’s rights, and the opportunity to be a powerful advocate and supporter of children’s rights through core business practices.
At UNICEF, we say children are everyone’s business. The objective of UNICEF’s newly launched Better Business for Children (BB4C), an evolution of the children’s rights and business and business advocacy, is to connect business, governments, academics and experts in children’s rights and corporate sustainability, to inspire awareness, action and innovation for children and to create visibility and action for respect and support of children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) were launched in China in August 2012 and serve as an important vehicle for engagement and building company awareness on child-rights related impact and how to take actions. UNICEF has taken the approach of a child-focused corporate social responsibility (CSR), which contributes to sustainable development, as the entry points of engaging private sector in China. CSR within UNICEF refers to efforts towards positively changing business behaviour and practices as they affect children, positioning business within a web of relationships and obligations, intergovernmental standards and agreements, governmental regulation and policy, supply chains, multi-stakeholder business platforms and other key business influencers.
In order to promote CRBP and UNICEF’s CSR approaches, from 2016-2018, UNICEF has put efforts in raising awareness by contributing knowledge, tools, good practices and evidence to senior managers, consulting agencies, sectorial associations, NGOs, academics, experts and opinion leaders, industry/sector supervisor government agencies, related to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
How can you make a difference?
You are expected to support us to accelerate our progress in promoting CRB among the Chinese businesses investing overseas, through better understanding the Chinese companies with overseas investment and the stakeholders, and work with government agencies and think tanks to provide associated guidance.
Major duties, responsibilities and output expectations :
Support on the research and project (85%)
- Mapping and research of the key stakeholders in engaging Chinese business investing overseas for children’s rights
- Support on the consultation project of developing strategies and entry points in engaging these stakeholders
- Support on integrating children’s rights into the key government and industry guidance
Other support (15%)
- Support major engagements with key identified stakeholders on Chinese outbound investment
- Attend regular meetings with partners, industries and companies and prepare meeting minutes.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University students: undergraduate  or university graduate with major in public policy, international development studies, international law or business research related fields.
- Internship experience in developing countries especially in African countries is considered an asset.
- Fluency in both Chinese and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (French, or Spanish) is an asset.
 Completed at least two years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of an undergraduate degree.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
This is an internship, so no financial remuneration will be provided by UNICEF. The intern must provide for housing, travel and other associated living expenses.
Although no field travel during the internship, work-related travel to meetings, workshops and events may be required and supported, with prior approval, inside and outside of Beijing.
Advertised: 06 Nov 2019 China Standard Time
Applications close: 20 Nov 2019 11:55 PM China Standard Time