United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Intern (NGOs and Civil Society Section , Division of External Relations)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Terms of Reference NGOs and Civil Society Section Internship Division of External Relations UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship with the NGOs and Civil Society section of the Partnership and Coordination Service at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Title: NGOs and Civil Society Section Internship Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Duration: 6 months Contract Type: Internship Start date: 12 April 2021 Organisational context UNHCR¿s Partnership and Coordination Service (PCS) is responsible for ensuring UNHCR approaches partnerships in a strategic and coherent manner. The Services provides support at global level as well as to regional and country offices on relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, advocacy partners and others and ensure UNHCR exercises effective field leadership and coordination in line with its Mandate and agreed frameworks. Located in Geneva, PCS comprises of the Inter-Agency and Coordination Section (IACS), the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and Civil Society Section, and the Sports Section.

PCS¿ NGO and Civil Society Section leads the organization of regular Consultations with NGOs, notably the Monthly Consultations, but also ad-hoc meetings on specific issues and processes to facilitate NGOs inputs and contributions to UNHCR policies. The Section also organizes Global Consultations with NGOs, which take place every two years in Geneva, alternating with meetings in the regions. In 2021, there will be no Global Consultations, but the Section will support UNHCR¿s Bureaus in organizing Regional NGO consultations, that will feed into the global edition in 2022.

PCS¿ NGO and Civil Society Section also engage in the development of new partnerships with NGOs and NGO consortia, but also other actors from the civil society such as refugee-led organizations (RLOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and arts organizations.

The position The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Inter-Agency Coordination Officer (NGOs & Civil Society), Partnership Section, Partnership and Coordination Service (Division of External Relations).

Duties and responsibilities ¿ Undertake background research on NGOs and key developments in NGO policies; ¿ Prepare and update NGO factsheets, including and updating key funding data; ¿ Support the preparation of the online Monthly Consultations with NGOs and any other thematic NGO meetings organized by the team. Assist in organizing bilateral meetings with NGOs, preparing briefing kits and note-taking; ¿ Assist team in supporting regional bureaus and Field Operations with guidance on NGO partnerships; ¿ Support team with research, Mapping, outreach and partnerships with refugee-led, faith-based and art organizations; ¿ Support updating Salesforce database with data on engagement with partners; ¿ Provide support managing Twitter account of UNHCR Partnership and Coordination Service, producing content, engaging with partner accounts and analyzing trends; ¿ Support with updating content on the website, Intranet and Community of Practice; ¿ Provide other support as required.

What the intern will learn ¿ Understanding of the UN systems and process; ¿ Overview of the NGO and civil society landscape and UNHCR¿s relationships with NGOs; ¿ Exposure to wide range of refugee issues; ¿ Internal processes and inter-divisional collaboration in a large humanitarian organisation; ¿ Inter-agency and cross-sectoral collaboration in a humanitarian context; ¿ Working in a multicultural and multilingual team.

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: ¿ Bachelor¿s or Master¿s degree in Political Science, International Affairs, International Development, Communications or other relevant field; ¿ Interest in refugee and forcible displacement issues; ¿ Ability to work in English; ¿ Excellent written and oral communication skills; ¿ Strong organizational skills; ¿ Experience in organizing events or conferences, including online events; ¿ Research, data Analysis, Data Visualization and information management skills; ¿ Very good knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point; ¿ Flexibility, teamwork skills, professional and personal integrity; ¿ Knowledge of French and/or other UN languages; ¿ Experience in preparing communication materials; ¿ Experience in managing social media accounts, producing content and analyzing trends; ¿ Knowledge of InDesign or other graphics Design software; ¿ Knowledge of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Salesforce and online meeting hosting platforms (WebEx, Interprefy, Zoom, etc); 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 Sunday 28 February 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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