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Internship - Volunteer

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-31

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UNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Agency is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying the fullest possible extent of human rights, and leading a long and healthy life. UNRWA is by far the largest UN operation in the Middle East with over 29,000 staff. Most of the staff members are refugees themselves, working directly to benefit their communities – as teachers, doctors, nurses or social workers.



Lebanon Field Office

Type of Appointment



Vacancy Announcement Number

Deadline for Application



31 December 2018

UNRWA Lebanon Field Office (LFO) regularly offers up the chances for unpaid Internship/Volunteer, for national and international students, to acquire work experience within their field of studies and to:

Put into practice their field of study Gain work experience in an international environment Contribute to one of the largest and longest running humanitarian projects of our era

The UNRWA, Lebanon Field Office, is looking for potential Interns/Volunteers in various disciplines related to its activities. Depending on qualifications and availability, candidates may be selected for an Internship/Volunteer ship that relates either to the organization's strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. An Internship/Volunteering will give the successful candidates the opportunity to work in one of the departments of a multi-cultural international organization:

Administration Services Department Donor Relations Unit Education Department (Employment, Scholarship, Training, Special Needs, TVET, Interactive Learning, …) Finance Department Health Department (Pharmacist, Labs, Nursing, Research, …) Human Resources Department Information Technology Infrastructure & Camp Improvement Programme (Architect, Site Engineer, Sanitation Engineer, …) Legal Office (Protection & Law) Operations Support Office Procurement & Logistics Department Programme Support Office Public Information Office Relief And Social Services Department Security & Safety Unit

Please indicate the department you are interested in within the field "What is your preferred field of work" within your profile!


Typical tasks performed by local/international interns are amongst others

•                     Conducting research and data analysis;

•                     Writing documents and reports;

•                     Monitoring and evaluation activities;

•                     Cataloguing information;

•                     Assisting in organizational issues and organizing events events;

•                     Data and Document management;

•                     Support tasks for the department relating to the studies and expertise of the student; and

•                     Administrative support.


Applicants must – at a minimum – have completed secondary level education. Candidates with completed university degree are preferred; Interns/Volunteers may be either nationals of the relevant duty station, a foreign national residing at the duty station, or a foreign national who travels (on his/her own expenses) to the duty station to take up the placement. The Agency reserves all rights not to accept a volunteer/intern without giving reason!

Further on successful candidates will:

Be proficient in English and Arabic (or in English and another official UN language); Be computer literate in standard software applications; Demonstrate a keen interest in the work of UN in general and of UNRWA in particular; Demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with different cultural backgrounds/beliefs; Be at least 18 years of age; Be covered by a valid accident and health insurance for the specific duty station;

The specific qualifications required for every Internship/Volunteer depend on the requirement of tasks, projects and department of placement


Remuneration: Interns/Volunteers are not remunerated by the Agency.

Duration: The duration of an Internship/Volunteer can vary from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 11 months, mainly depending on the requirements of the placement and the availability of the student.

Interns/volunteers are complementary personnel with non-staff status. Interns/Volunteers may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts. Internship/Volunteer may not represent UNRWA in any official capacity. Interns/volunteers are expected to adhere to the same standards of conduct that apply to Agency staff, as well as the Code of ethics for UNRWA staff A placement may be terminated by either party at any time by giving five days written notice.

Third-party claims: UNRWA is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by them during their Internship/Volunteer period.

Expenses: The Agency will not be responsible for costs of travel, accommodation, or any other costs related to the placement. All costs connected with an interns/volunteers participation in a program must be borne by the student, including (financing for subsistence, arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc.

Insurance: As part of acceptance of his/her Agreement, an intern/volunteer will be required to certify that he/she is medically fit for the placement. Participants must prove to the satisfaction of the Agency that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage (covering the Area/station they will work at) prior to commencing the placement.

Security: Interns/volunteers are not included in the security arrangements that apply to staff. The Agency reserves the right to end intern/volunteer placements and request the participant to leave the duty station.

Foreign nationals must register with their embassy/consulate at the duty station.

Visa: Interns/volunteers will be solely responsible to secure visas and travel permits related to the placement.

Subsequent Employment: The purpose of the INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER Program is not to lead to further employment with UNRWA but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an Internship/Volunteer. Interns/Volunteers are eligible to compete as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance with normal selection procedures.


The Intern/Volunteer announcement will be launched on yearly basis which means that opportunities may be available for those have applied in that particular year; upon the expiry of the advertisement, interested candidates need to apply again. To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form.

Once your personal profile is completed, apply for the Internship/Volunteer Roster, and precise in the cover letter:

a.     The field of work you are interested to work in to be clearly indicated in the cover letter page

b.    The period (earliest, latest) you would be available for an Internship/Volunteer

c.     Your interest in the work of UN in general and of UNRWA in particular

d.    Why you want to apply for Internship/Volunteer within UNRWA Lebanon

Only applications received through will be registered and considered for future Internship/Volunteer Opportunities. This vacancy is advertised on annual basis and consequently all interested applicants should apply annually in order to express their interest in volunteering or having an internship with UNRWA.

Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.


UNRWA encourages applications from women. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staffs are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. These expectations are equally extended to INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER, students and anybody working with UNRWA.

Date of issue: 06 February 2018

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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