Innovation Research Intern

  • G01 No poverty
  • G02 Zero hunger
  • G03 Good Health and Well Being
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • November 18, 2018


for every child

Are you studying innovation, economics, design, engineering or a related field? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children? UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking an Innovation Research Intern. Apply now!

Innovation Research Intern

Innovation Unit, UNICEF Supply Division

At UNICEF Supply Division (SD), the Innovation Unit, (part of the Markets, Supplier Financing and Innovation Centre) is recruiting for a Research Intern. The Centre works with colleagues across the different procurement centres, country offices and other divisions to drive R&D and accelerate scale-up of products which are currently not available on the market but fulfil a priority need in the unique context in which UNICEF and its partners operate. The work of this centre 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:

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


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

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

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

More information on UNICEF internships here.


Main Duties/ Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority and the given organisational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties:

  1. Conduct market surveys, research, demand forecasts and analyses of different product and commodity areas as required
  2. Mapping of innovative, pre-commercial/incomplete designs to better understand the future landscape for required commodity areas
  3. Support in creation of documentation to support innovation projects
  4. Offering support to project leads for the development of innovation projects
  5. Assist the Innovation Unit in any additional tasks as a required




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.
  • Analyse numerical data and all other sources of information.
  • Good communication skills, including the ability tocommunicate 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.



Diversity and Inclusion

Treats all people with dignity and respect; shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, cultural and religious differences; challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace; encourages diversity wherever possible.


Maintains high ethical standards; takes clear ethical stands; keeps promises; immediately

addresses untrustworthy or dishonest behaviour; resists pressure in decision-making from internal and external sources; does not abuse power or authority.


Demonstrates commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the wider UN system; demonstrates the values of UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours; seeks out new challenges, assignments and responsibilities; promotes UNICEF’s cause.



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.



UNICEF will not be responsible for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the intern’s service, whether on or off UNICEF premises. Therefore, the selected candidate must provide proof of enrolment in a health/accident plan prior to start his/her work.


Living Conditions and Working Environment:

The intern will report to the supervisor of this internship.  S/he is not expected to travel out of this duty station during the assignment. A flexible workspace will be provided. Guidance will be provided on a regular basis.

The intern will be required to provide a copy of health insurance coverage and to fill out the relevant UNICEF forms on conditions regarding service as an intern.

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