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Internship - Staff Council

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Internship
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  • Closing Date: 2019-11-14

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UNHCR Staff Council / Communications assistance

Organizational Unit: Office of the Staff Council
Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date : 14 November 2019
Duration of the internship: 3 - 4 months (full time preferred)
Expected start date: 1 December 2019

Background information/Organizational Context
As per the Statutes of the Staff Association of UNHCR, the objectives of the Staff Council Office are to:

¿ Promote the Charter of the United Nations and in particular those of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and contribute to the safeguarding of the rights of all members of the Association, including promoting and defending their interests as regards conditions of employment, work and general welfare; and
¿ Ensure that the conditions of employment and work of the staff conform to the principles laid down in the charter and the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and, further, to ensure that these conditions permit the most efficient discharge by the staff of their duties.

The Staff Council has formulated a Programme of Work outlining several priority intervention areas such as monitoring the implementation of Human Resources policies and staff entitlements, engaging with the various entities on strengthening the system to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment, improving support mechanisms for staff on issues pertaining to administration of justice and legal advice. A road map as well as a  communications strategy are in place to ensure that staff are duly informed of the Staff council initiatives and actions and achievements.. .

The Staff Council is looking for an intern to assist in the implementation of the Staff Council¿s  communications strategy as outlined in the terms of reference below.
Objectives of the internship:
a) To assist the Staff Council in strengthening its outreach campaigns and to establish  efficient channels of communication between staff and the administration  within UNHCR. 
b) To assist the Staff Council through appropriate messaging in safeguarding the rights of all staff members, including promoting and defending their interests as regards conditions of employment, work and general welfare.

Duties and Responsibilities
¿ Assist in implementing the communication strategy
¿ Increase  the overall visibility of the UNHCR Staff Council and its functions.
¿ Assist in coordinating the development and publication of in-house staff magazine ¿Dialogue¿.
¿ Contact staff in the field to encourage them to produce strategic and general interest news and features for publication in ¿Dialogue¿.
¿ Keep the content published on the Staff Council¿s intranet pages updated
¿ Assists in research on documentation and policies related to the Administration of Justice for individual and other cases; including research into UN and UNHCR policy documents as well as any other research needs within the Office of the Staff Council.
¿ Conduct research into caselaw published by the UN Dispute Tribunals and the Appeals Tribunal with a view to preparing summaries for dissemination
¿ Assist in producing frequent and regular communication bulletins on behalf of the Staff Council.
¿ Carry out any other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications for the Internship:

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
¿ Recent graduates (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university of 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.

Please note that candidates who have immediate relatives (father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister) working as staff members of UNHCR are not eligible.

Desirable qualifications and skills:
¿ Ideally a background in Law, International relations, Communications or any other relevant field
¿ Very good organizational, analytical, communication and research skills
¿ Excellent oral and written skills in English, knowledge of French desirable
¿ Excellent social media skills
¿ Ability to work independently and be proactive, when necessary
¿ Good inter-cultural and inter-personal skills and be a keen team-player
¿ Experience using the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Experience using Adobe Creative Suite is an advantage but not essential.

The successful candidate will be based with the team at the UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Conditions & Allowances:
It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

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 Thursday 14 November (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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