United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Intern (Global Protection Cluster in The Division of International Protection)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Terms of Reference Global Protection Cluster Internship Division of International Protection Title: Global Protection Cluster Internship Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Duration: 6 months Contract Type: Internship Start date: 01 April 2021 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship within the Global Protection Cluster of the Division of International Protection (DIP), at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This exciting internship is a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience in an international organization within the UN system and to develop a specific understanding of the protection risks experiences by IDPs as well as the international response to internal displacement.

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for Asylum Seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

Organisational context The GPC is a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and United Nations (UN) agencies, engaged in protection work in humanitarian crises including armed conflict, Climate Change related and natural disaster. The GPC is mandated by the IASC, led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), governed by a Strategic Advisory Group, co-chaired by the GPC Coordinator and an operational NGO, and serviced by a multi-partner Operations Cell. The GPC unites members, partners and communities working on the full gamut of protection activities, including in four specialized Areas of Responsibility (AoRs): Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence, Housing, Land and Property and Mine Action.

To ensure that the GPC discharges its responsibilities, the GPC Support Cell has been established within the Global Protection Cluster Unit of the Division of International Protection at UNHCR Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The Support Cell¿s primary functions are to provide secretariat support; maintain links with OCHA and focal point agencies leading the four Areas of Responsibility or country level clusters; liaise with task-oriented and time-bound sub-working groups of the GPC; support field Protection Clusters; facilitate the development of the GPC¿s work plan and monitor its effective implementation; assist with resource mobilization, donor liaison and reporting; facilitate the mainstreaming of protection by acting as focal point for links with other global clusters; represent the cluster in inter-agency and other fora as needed and tasked by the Global Protection Cluster Coordinator; and strengthen IGO and NGO partners participation in GPC activities.

The position The incumbent will work within the Global Protection Cluster Support Cell to assist in fulfilling its role and responsibilities, including the provision of active support to the 30+ field based Protection Clusters.

The Support Cell also assists in the development of policies with regard to IDP protection in areas where gaps have been identified. These include return to conflict situations, displacement in urban settings, natural disaster-induced displacement or prevention of displacement. It also undertakes, with other actors, benchmark catalytic activities such as training, protection Capacity Building, field support missions and the drafting of position papers or the elaboration of standard operating procedures for application in protection work.

Duties and responsibilities 1. Research and drafting: ¿ Assist with drafting, compiling and editing of the GPC Protection Update. Assist Support Cell in commissioning articles and garnering input from the GPC participants; ¿ Assist with maintenance of the GPC tracking matrix to host key information on all active protection clusters, sub-clusters and other related mechanisms at the national and sub-national level.

2. Information management: ¿ Assist in the organisation, preparation, recording and follow-up of Workshops, Conferences and Meetings of the Global Protection Cluster, in particular, monthly coordination meetings, thematic seminars and other annual events; ¿ Assist with the dissemination of key GPC information to targeted audiences. Help to update distribution lists.

¿ Maintain the calendar of activities of the Global Protection Cluster Support Cell; ¿ Assist with the review of specific tools and IDP protection guidance material provided on the GPC website.

3. Participating in relevant meetings on behalf of GPC ¿ Assist with the drafting of presentations for external and internal meetings; ¿ Participate, as appropriate, in external and internal coordination meetings. Where requested, take notes and minutes of the meetings.

4. Assist in the discharge of other protection support activities as required.

Minimum qualifications required In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria: ¿ Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within one year of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO ; and ¿ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.

Desirable qualifications and skills: Desirable qualifications and skills The ideal candidate will: ¿ Have a Bachelor¿s degree in law, political science, social science or related field.

¿ Have a Graduate degree ¿ completed or enrolled in a programme related to law, political science, social science or related field.

¿ Demonstrate interest in human rights, and particularly the rights of IDPs.

¿ Be a competent user of standard word processing and spreadsheet software.

¿ Have experience using online Content Management platforms, in particular WordPress.

¿ Have experience in research and drafting of documents.

¿ Have competencies in Administration, organization and time-management.

¿ Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required, knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

Conditions: It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week). The successful candidate will be either home-based or with the team in the Geneva, Switzerland. The location will be determined prior to the start of the internship, and is dependent upon the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic in both the applicant¿s home country and at the duty station.

Allowance: Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing or training.

We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee or stateless background.

Please note that the closing date for this internship advertisement is Monday 15 March 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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