United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Intern (Psychosocial Wellbeing Sector)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Terms of Reference Psychosocial Wellbeing Section (PWS) Internship Division of Human Resources Title: PWS Intern Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Duration: 6 months Contract Type: Internship Closing date for application: 23 March 2021 Start date: 15 April 2021 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship with the Psychosocial Wellbeing Section (PWS) of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) 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.

Organizational context The Psychosocial Wellbeing Section is looking for an intern to assist in Content Development of UNHCR Wellbeing Platform. The Wellbeing Platform is a one shop stop for all questions related to wellbeing in UNHCR. It contains self-assessment tools, information on a range of subjects in relation to the wellbeing in the workplace, interactive exercises and information about counselling resources. Currently, the PWS is working on the expansion of the platform¿s content for which the support by an intern is required.

The position The intern will interact regularly with a team of Staff Counsellors in UNHCR focusing on further development of the UNHCR Wellbeing Platform and will be working under the direct supervision of the Associate Staff Counsellor based in Geneva. This work will also include Coordination of the content development with other UNHCR divisions / services / sections / regions / operations. Collaborating with the counterparts of PWS in WFP and UNDP or other organisations hosting the Wellbeing platform may be needed.

Duties and responsibilities 1. Keeping track of all the work being carried out by the different teams by creating an editorial data system.

2. Taking minutes and action point of all the meetings.

3. Supporting the editorial team with the edits required on the site.

4. Supporting Data Analytics (Google Analytics) 5. Providing assistance in the area of web content development/updates by tracking changes.

6. Coordinating with wellbeing platform stakeholders to test and monitor progress on platform and app usage.

7. Assisting in compiling and presentation of information for use in promoting new content and events.

8. Assisting in the promotion of the platform; researching diverse print and electronic information sources for topics and materials for use in promoting mobile and desktop platform products and services.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.

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: The ideal candidate will hold/have: ¿ Completed or ongoing undergraduate/graduate studies in psychology, social work or other mental health related discipline; ¿ Solid understanding of the psychosocial subject matter; ¿ Computer literacy (MS Office); ¿ Experience with web-based writing; ¿ Excellent written and oral communication skills; ¿ Fluency in English (both oral and written).

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 Tuesday 23 March 2021 (midnight Geneva time)
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