United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Intern (Statelessness Section, Division of International Protection)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Terms of Reference Statelessness Section Internship Division of International Protection UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship within the Statelessness Section of the Division of International Protection at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from May 2021 to August 2021.

The Intern will get valuable hands-on experience with UNHCR¿s work related to its statelessness mandate and is expected to contribute fresh perspectives, legal knowledge, and research and writing support to the work of the Statelessness Section.

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: Statelessness Section Internship Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Duration: up to 4 months Contract Type: Internship Start date: on or around 1 May 2021 Organisational context To implement UNHCR's global mandate on statelessness, the Statelessness Section of the Division of International Protection (DIP) supports the development of doctrine, policy, publications, and other resources on statelessness.  It provides guidance and Field Support on statelessness and nationality-law issues to UNHCR¿s many country operations around the world.

Work on statelessness at UNHCR is busy and interesting as UNHCR enters the second half of the #IBELONG Campaign to End Statelessness within 10 years.

The position Under the supervision of the Chief of the Statelessness Section, the intern is to contribute to the work of the Section and undertake specific responsibilities as described below.

Duties and responsibilities ¿ Undertake an extended research assignment to be agreed in consultation with the Statelessness Section upon commencement of the internship; ¿ Conduct research to support the development of new legal and policy papers on statelessness; ¿ Assist with the preparation of the quarterly Campaign Updates; ¿ Assist with preparations for meetings of the ¿Friends of the Campaign¿ Group and other outreach and advocacy efforts; ¿ Assist with the day-to-day work of the Section (support to the field, drafting of briefing notes and report inputs, distribution of statelessness related materials etc.).

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: ¿ An undergraduate degree in International Law, International Human Rights law, International Relations or a related field and a graduate degree in law (or partial completement of a graduate degree in law).

¿ Academic or practical experience relating to statelessness, nationality or human rights law.

¿ Excellent analytic and legal drafting skills.

¿ Experience working in diverse settings.

¿ A positive and flexible attitude.

¿ Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

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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