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UNRWA Representative Office New York

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • International Relations
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-02-05

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UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is  mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered  Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West  Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a  just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and  social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency  assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000  staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. 


Department: Representative Office New York  

Duty Station: New York 

Type of Appointment: Full time internship  

Duration: 3 to 6 months (longer internships are preferred)

Expected Starting Date: March 2021 



Interns will contribute to UNRWA's inter-agency, non-governmental and donor liaison tasks,  as well as public information work, and provide other support as needed. 

The internship provides a valuable opportunity to familiarize yourself with substantive  humanitarian and development policy issues and with the UN system. The intern will be  responsible for assisting with the smooth functioning of the New York Representative Office.  


  • Tracking international media coverage of issues related to UNRWA and the Middle  East; 
  • Attending hearings, briefings and other special events at the UN and within the  broader NGO community and drafting reports for UNRWA HQ; 
  • Supporting the drafting, preparation and presentation of materials required for  briefings to UN, the media and other governmental and non-governmental agencies  in New York; 
  • Data and document management; 
  • Assisting in partnership and donor outreach; 
  • Researching general issues related to the intersection between the United Nations  and UNRWA’s operation in the Middle East; 
  • Assisting with arranging visits to New York by senior UNRWA officials;  • Assisting with the effective administrative management of UNRWA’s Representative  Office in New York; And 
  • Perform any other duties as required. 


Education: A university degree from an accredited educational institution in international  relations, political science, communications, law or related field. 

Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience,  although prior experience in a professional office environment is an asset. 

Languages: Excellent command of spoken and written English. 


  • Ability to draft and edit a variety of texts, and ability to articulate positions in a clear  and concise manner; 
  • Sound appreciation of regional context and strong general understanding of UN, as  well as genuine commitment to advocacy for the humanitarian positions that  underpin UNRWA’s mission;
  • Sound judgment on political, media and diplomatic matters; 
  • Proven ability to exercise the initiative and resourcefulness necessary for  simultaneously pursuing multiple tasks and achieving positive outcomes. 


  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse  backgrounds, culture and nationalities;  
  • Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Professional discretion and rigorous respect for confidentiality. 


Should you be interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter no later than 5 February 2021. Please mention in the subject  line “RONY internship application <<full name>>”.  

The motivation letter must explain your interest in UNRWA and this particular internship  with the Representative Office New York. Your letter will be used to assess your ability to draft a text and articulate positions in a clear and concise manner. 

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. 


Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.  

UNRWA staff and complementary personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of  integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment  to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only  persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for  UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from  both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women. 

UNRWA will not be responsible for the costs of travel, visa, accommodation, or any other  costs related to the placement. All costs connected with an intern’s participation must be  borne by the intern, including arrangements for travel (including to and from the office),  visas, accommodation, etc. Interns will be solely responsible to secure visas. Applicants  should be able to travel in the Agency's area of operations in the Middle East. 

At the stage of acceptance of an internship placement, interns must prove to the  satisfaction of UNRWA that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage  prior to commencing the placement.  

Intern placements shall not constitute employment by UNRWA. Interns are considered to  be complementary personnel with non-staff status. The purpose of the internship 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.  Interns are eligible to apply as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance  with normal selection procedures. 

Please note that UNRWA does not charge fees at any stage of the application process. Vacancy announcements advertised at:, will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Jerusalem time) on the deadline date.  

UNRWA is a non-smoking environment. 

7 January 2021

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