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Internship - Community Based Protection Unit, Field Protection Support Service, Division of International Protection

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INTERNSHIP

Organizational Unit: Community Based Protection Unit, Field Protection Support Service, Division of International Protection

Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Duration of the internship: As soon as possible until 31 December 2018

Expected start date: 15 August 2018 

Background information/Organizational Context
UNHCR provides legal protection to refugees and other persons of concern to the Office across the globe to ensure that they are able to live a dignified life while, fully and freely exercising their fundamental human rights ¿ to access medical facilities, to work, to travel, to attend educational and vocational institutions, to form families.
The Division of International Protection (DIP) leads the progressive development of international law and protection policy relating to forced displacement and statelessness. The Division provides guidance on the legal and operational complexities of displacement, migration, refugees, asylum and resettlement with regard to protection of persons and populations of concern to the Organization.
The Community-Based Protection (CBP) Unit is situated within the Field Protection Support Service (FPS) in DIP and assists UNHCR country operations to apply community-based protection approaches, to advance the goals of the Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) Policy, with a particular emphasis on accountability to affected people. The CBP Unit provides technical support through missions and training as well as remotely. It builds staff and partner capacity in their efforts to ensure that populations of concern have equitable and non-discriminatory access to protection and assistance programming.
The CBP Unit leads the work of DIP to better protect and include older persons, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, and persons belonging to national, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities and groups. The Unit is also the focal point for faith, cash and protection, and accountability to affected people.
As a member of the CBP unit the intern will provide valuable assistance to the work of the unit in all aspects of the unit¿s areas of work and will be able to gain an understanding of applying a community-based protection approach to delivering protection and assistance and gain insights on the needs and capacities of different age, gender and diversity groups.
Duties and Responsibilities
Community-Based Protection (CBP)
¿ Support content preparations and organization of regional workshops for the CBP Learning Programme.
¿ Support the coordination of the design, printing and dissemination of CBP guidance material.
¿ Support the collection and update of promising practices on CBP, AAP and AGD.
¿ Support drafting of reports and talking points on CBP and AGD relevant topics.
Protection of diverse groups in forced displacement
¿ Support the delivery of remote support to UNHCR country operations on various thematic areas falling under the unit¿s responsibility.
¿ Support the organization of capacity building initiatives on protection of LGBTI persons.
¿ Support capacity building for HQ and field staff to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate age and disability inclusive programmes.
¿ Support efforts to implement the updated AGD policy.
Information and Knowledge Management
¿ Analyse, compile, and disseminate data and reports to relevant stakeholders including field offices, partners and donors
¿ Regularly update and manage the CBP online community of practice and intranet page
¿ Take minutes during meetings
Other
¿ Assist with conference/meetings preparation as required, and provide support to the unit with any other administrative tasks as necessary.
Minimum qualifications required:
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
¿ Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or 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 the Organization;
¿ Ideally a background in social work, law or anthropology or any other relevant studies;
¿ Excellent oral and written English skills. Knowledge of French, Arabic and/or Spanish is an asset;
¿ Very good organizational, analytical, communication and research skills;
¿ Ability to work independently and be proactive, when necessary;
¿ Flexibility, team working skills, professional and personal integrity.

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. Please note that the closing date for this Internship advertisement is 3 August 2018 (midnight Geneva time).
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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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location:
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-03

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