Research Intern

  • Internship
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed


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,… health

The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit

How can you make a difference?

The objective of the research internship is to strengthen national survey support, strengthen government knowledge management systems, and support evidence generation, advocacy and use across the UNICEF Zambia country office. Under the guidance of Social Policy Specialist, Data & Evidence, the intern will support;

  • Support processes for national surveys and evidence generation
  • Support communication and advocacy of research and evidence
  • Support new and innovative knowledge generation and management

Please review the details in the attached Job Profile for the position:Download File SP- ToR – Research Intern 23 Feb 2023 signed.pdf

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in demography, development, public administration or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics is required
  • Have excellent academic performance shown through university records
  • At least 1 year work experience, preferably in applied research activities, designing research questions, data collection instruments, data analysis and report writing. Application of multiple research methodologies in previous roles is an advantage.
  • Experience working with government or international organisations is an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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 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.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

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