Innovation Research Intern, Innovation Unit, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

Deadline: 15 November 2018
Open to: applicants enrolled in a degree programme with relevant skills and experience
Benefits: monthly UNICEF Stipend


At UNICEF Supply Division (SD), the Innovation Unit, (part of the Markets, Supplier Financing and Innovation Center) is recruiting for a Research Intern. The Center works with colleagues across the different procurement centers, country offices and other divisions to drive R&D and accelerate scale-up of products which are currently not available on the market but fulfill a priority need in the unique context in which UNICEF and its partners operate. The work of this center includes reducing market barriers and constraints for existing and future products. Each project requires a vast amount of research and analysis of the current and future market, hence the requirement of this internship.

More information on the type of innovation projects currently led by UNICEF Supply Division can be found here. The SD Innovation Unit seeks an intern for a 26 week period starting January 2019. Based in Copenhagen, the main purpose of the internship is to, support the development of SD’s innovation projects by:

  • Undertaking research, desk reviews and data analysis in relation to innovation projects
  • Supporting the Innovation Unit by ensuring progress in project development
  • Becoming a significant actor in assisting project activities.

The position will report to the Operations Officer (Innovation).

The duration of the internship is 26 weeks and preferred start date is January 2019.




Applicants must be enrolled in a degree programme in an undergraduate, or graduate school, or be a recent graduate (graduated within past 2 years). Suitable disciplines for this internship include innovation management, engineering, product design, market research and analysis, economics. Applicants from other disciplines may be accepted.


  • Experience in market survey and analysis of engineering and technology products useful;
  • Experience in project management desirable;
  • Excel skills and experience in financial monitoring and demand forecasting desirable;
  • Active and up to date knowledge of modern, innovative materials and technologies desirable.


Core Competencies

  • Ability to quickly understand instructions, asks for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time;
  • Effective communicator of verbal and written concepts to international audiences;
  • Able to work well in a team environment with colleagues in Copenhagen, New York and worldwide Country Offices.

Functional Competencies

  • Able to work independently and problem-solving oriented;
  • Gather comprehensive information to support decision making;
  • Analyze numerical data and all other sources of information;
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical or complex concepts to a non-technical audience.

Technical Knowledge

  • Knowledge of standard MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and web applications.


Fluency in written and spoken English is essential and in another UN language is an advantage.


In accordance to UNICEF’s guidelines, eligible interns may receive the monthly UNICEF Stipend. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship. UNICEF is not responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of the complexities cyclical, iterative, exploitative approaches to innovation within the structure of a UN agency

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