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Neutrality intern

Amman (Jordan) | Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Amman (Jordan) | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Legal - International Law
    • International Relations
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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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 : Executive Office

Duty Station : UNRWA HQ, Amman – Jordan. 

Remote for duration of internship, international applicants welcomed. 

Type of Appointment: Full time internship 

Duration: Three months internship

Expected Starting Date: Immediately


Terms of Reference



Neutrality is a core UN principle that governs the way humanitarian response is carried out. Together with humanity, impartiality and independence, these principles are key in establishing the humanitarian space essential for the effective delivery of services during both peacetime and in periods of conflict. UNRWA is committed to the aforementioned principles, including the safeguarding of neutrality, as they are essential for the Agency to effectively protect and serve Palestine refugees.


The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week. The intern will work under the supervision of the Neutrality Coordinator. The internship provides a unique opportunity to be involved in the practical application of a key humanitarian principle. 



Daily responsibilities and duties may include but are not limited to the following:


  • Drafting, editing and summarizing guidance documents;
  • Organizing and presenting data received in Word or Excel format;
  • Information and data management and presentation;
  • Innovatively improve the look and feel of key internal guidance documents in word and PowerPoint and/or other presentation tools within the confines of UNRWA’s style guide;
  • Production of creative and visual items for the Agency, such as videos, posters, manuals.



Education: A university degree from an accredited educational institution in Law, Middle Eastern Studies, Development, International Relations, Anthropology, or any related subject; 


Excellent IT skills.


Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience. Although prior experience in research, translation, graphic design or data analytics does place applicants at an advantage. 


Languages: Excellent command of spoken and written English.  



There is no expectation for all these desirable attributes to be in one person however:

  • Knowledge of International Legal Frameworks
  • Arabic language (Modern Standard and ‘Ammiyya);
  • Knowledge of the UNRWA context / Palestine refugees;
  • Video Editing and Graphic Design (has Adobe Creative Cloud expertise);
  • Information management or database skills 
  • Familiarity with statistics;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Knowledge of effective social media tactics;
  • GIS.



  • Ability to understand complex concepts in a short period of time;
  • Strong writing skills in English; 
  • Ability to work independently and juggle different projects;
  • Willingness to take the initiative in supporting the Neutrality Coordinator, putting experience and skills to use for new projects; 
  • Good attitude and willingness to work with a remote team. 



Should you be interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to, no later than 12 May 2021. Please mention in the subject line “Neutrality Internship”.  


A completed online application (Motivation letter and Personal History Profile) are required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


The motivation letter must include:

  • Title of degree;
  • How you meet the competencies described above and if applicable the desired qualifications
  • Explain your interest in UNRWA and why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

In the CV, please include all work experiences, skills and two references (if available). 

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



Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.  UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.


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 is a non-smoking work environment.


11 April 2020 

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