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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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  • Closing Date: 2019-03-31

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Internship - Southern Africa & Great Lakes Pillar - Regional Bureau for Africa in Geneva, Switzerland


Internship in Southern Africa & Great Lakes Pillar¿ Regional Bureau for Africa (HQ)

Organization: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland (HQ)
Duration of the internship: 1 May - 1 October (6 months)
Expected start date: 1 May 2019

Background information
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly 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 teams are in the field in some 127 countries, using their expertise to protect and care for millions of people.

The intern will be placed within UNHCR¿s Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) in Southern Africa & Great Lakes Pillar. RBA is responsible for overseeing and representing country operations in Sub-Saharan Africa at headquarters level, in Geneva. Currently, there are 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 17.2 million refugees under UNHCR¿s mandate.

Within RBA, the selected candidate will be fully part of the Southern Africa & Great Lakes Pillar. This internship is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to UNHCR¿s humanitarian and protection work in the Africa region, while simultaneously increasing his/her knowledge in the areas of information management, executive duties and external relations. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in UNHCR conferences and briefings and benefit from in-house technical and on-the-job training opportunities.

Duties and responsibilities

UNHCR is seeking a dedicated, dynamic and proactive intern, with strong interest in forced displacement in Africa. The intern will be expected to be flexible and work on multiple tasks with varying deadlines.
The selected candidate will be assisting the Pillar with the following key duties:
¿ Under the direct management of the Operation Manager for the Southern Africa and Great Lakes¿ pillar, the intern will carry out the following tasks, among others.
¿ Establish country sheets for various operations covered by Pillar;
¿ Properly structure and organize the L drive, which serves as the hub for various documents sent out and received by the Pillar;
¿ Assist in updating UNHCR data portals in the region by liaising with IMOs and other focal persons;
¿ Assist the Pillar with note taking during meetings and conferences;
¿ Assist with inter-agency coordination and NGO consultations;
¿ Provide assistance in organizing events such as Standing Committee;
¿ Assist in following up on various issues with other Pillars and the field;
¿ Perform other duties as may be required.

Minimum qualifications

The ideal candidate will:
¿ Possess a Bachelor or a Master¿s Degree in Political Science, International Affairs, Development, Communications or other relevant field;
¿ Good knowledge of refugee issues in Africa highly desirable;
¿ Excellent oral and drafting skills in English (Knowledge of French is an asset);
¿ Excellent skills in Microsoft Windows including easy manipulation of essential software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc
¿ Information management skills are an advantage;
¿ Flexibility, team working skills, professional and personal integrity.

What the intern will:
¿ Gain more knowledge on UNHCR¿s mandate and activities;
¿ Get familiar with the ongoing UN Reform initiated by the UN Secretary-General;
¿ Communicate efficiently on UNHCR operations in Africa;
¿ Gain experience in external relations;
¿ Work across thematic sectors and HQ divisions to advance the UNHCR¿s work in Africa.

The intern will gain knowledge on:
¿ A wide range of refugee issues in sub-Saharan Africa (incl. emergency response, mixed migration, durable solutions, international protection; livelihoods and self-reliance);
¿ UNHCR¿s work on solutions in field and country offices around the world;
¿ Internal processes and inter-divisional collaboration in a large humanitarian organization;
¿ Inter-agency and cross-sectoral collaboration in a humanitarian context;
¿ Different UN organizations, partners, donors; and
¿ Working in a multicultural, multilingual team.

¿ The internship is expected to begin on 1 June and will last for a period of 4 months. The role is full time (40 hours per week). Working hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
¿ UNHCR ensures our interns acquire a rich experience that will help them in their future search for work and provide the necessary evaluation and recommendation letters.
¿ The intern will report to the Deputy Director in charge of the Southern Africa & Great Lakes Pillar, and will be guided by the Operations Manager and various Senior Desk Officers in charge of various countries.
¿ Applicants must also be entitled to work in Switzerland.

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.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce is not eligible for an internship.

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 i Please note that the closing date for this internship is Sunday 31 March 2019 (midnight Geneva time).
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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