Internship to support the UNICEF Egypt Education Programme, Cairo, Egypt

  • Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

وصف الوظيفة

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, Education

Background and justification

UNICEF’s work in Egypt is focused on promoting sustainable development with multidimensional equity for children, embodying the fair chance for every child principle.

In line with national priorities, the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), UNICEF work in Egypt focuses on, amongst other areas, ensuring all children in Egypt regardless of the situation, receives a high-quality education.


With an expanding school population, significant neighbouring emergencies leading to refugee populations, underlying challenges of education financing, out of school children and low quality of education, UNICEF Egypt works across several major education areas:

  • Addressing the learning crisis and working with partners to ensure universal acquisition of foundational literacy and numeracy.
  • Full inclusion of the most marginalised: children with disabilities, out-of-school children, refugees and migrants, and those vulnerable children at high-risk of dropping out.
  • Building on the major investments the Ministry of Education has made in the digital environment in schools, equipping educators, parents and students with the skills and tools to innovate their teaching and learning and making sure they stay safe online. This includes expanding UNICEF’s Learning Passport for the most marginalised of learners.
  • Strengthen the planning, budgeting and monitoring capabilities of the MOETE (Ministry of Education and Technical Education), with a specific focus on gender responsive sector planning at national and sub-national levels and UNICEF is now running a series of governorate-level workshops to advance gender equality in and through education, looking at learning, environments, teaching, curriculum materials, and leadership and administration.

Other areas of UNICEF’s work include sector coordination, curriculum reform, addressing bullying and violence in schools, secondary Educaton reform and advocating for greater investment in the education sector, particularly at the ECE (Early Childhood Education) and early grades for a more equitable future for all.

An intern is requested to bring energy and insights into this programme focus on the policy and education in emergency areas of work. The selected intern would get the opportunity to experience a dynamic large education programme working on the ground directly with schools, teacher and children and at the policy level with Ministers and senior civil servants in the largest education system in the region.

How can you make a difference?

Scope of Work

The purpose of this assignment is to support the UNICEF Egypt Education Section deliver its Rolling Work Plan developed under its CPD ( Key priorities for this intern will be fourfold:

  • Supporting UNICEF’s role in partnership with GPE to strengthen the MoETE’s system capacity and ensure MoETE accesses funds under the multiplier grant.
  • Contributing to UNICEF’s work on systems strengthening around: curriculum reform, teachers’ CPD, gender responsive sector planning, and financing of education.
  • Supporting the implementation of education in emergency programmes that are responding to the needs of children and families that have fled the Sudanese civil war and the Gaza war.
  • Strengthening the monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity of the section through support in implementing the Monitoring & Evaluation plan and implementing the knowledge management portfolio.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD programme, or a recent graduate (within the last 2 years), ideally in the field of Education.
  • Understanding of and passion in advancing quality education for the most marginalised children
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Strong analytical, conceptual thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish effective work relationships
  • Experience of working independently
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are...

  • Builds and maintains partnerships; (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; (3) Drive to achieve results for impact; (4) Innovates and embraces change; (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity; (6) Thinks and acts strategically; (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.