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Internship - Executive Direction and Management, Ethics Office in Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Ombudsman and Ethics
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-22

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Executive Direction and Management, Ethics Office

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship within the Ethics Office under the Executive Direction and Management (EDM) at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally 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 currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

Title: Ethics Intern
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 6 months
Contract Type: Internship
Closing Date for Application: 22 June 2021
Start Date: as soon as possible

Organizational context
Located in UNHCR Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland, the Ethics Office was established in June 2008 to assist the Secretary General and the High Commissioner in ensuring that all staff members observe and perform their functions consistent with the highest standards of integrity required by the UN Charter, staff regulations and rules, and relevant guidelines and policies.

The Ethics Office has the following key responsibilities:
¿ Provide confidential guidance to UNHCR staff to ensure practical implementation of UNHCR¿s policies, procedures and practices relating to ethical standards called for under the UN Charter, Staff regulations and rules and UNHCR¿s Code of Conduct.
¿ Managing the UNHCR Code of Conduct Dialogue sessions in the Field and at Headquarters to foster an ethical culture in the Organization.
¿ Implementing the Policy against retaliation for reporting misconduct (Whistleblower).
¿ Administering the United Nations Financial Disclosure Programme
¿ Develop policies, guidelines, tools and training programs to implement Ethics Office mandate.

The Ethics Office on an ongoing basis undertakes analysis of its achievements and conducts risk assessment in order to be more responsive and supportive to country level operations. It holds consultations with relevant Bureaus/Division/Units, with colleagues in the Field and at Headquarters on issues for which their inputs and experiences are required.

Duties and responsibilities
Code of Conduct Dialogues: Training, Outreach and Communication:
¿ Assist in developing training material for the 2021-2022 Code of Conduct Dialogue sessions including visualization materials.
¿ Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct interactive Dialogue platform, as well as assisting in updating the Ethics Office¿s intranet page.
¿ Briefing, training and webinar activities as well as assisting in the preparation of the Code of Conduct Dialogue facilitation.
¿ Monitoring of the Code of Conduct Dialogue sessions and statistical analysis of feedback data.
¿ Assist in drafting response to requests for information and liaising with Code of Conduct Dialogue Focal Points globally.
Culture Change:
¿ Assist in the discussions, conduct research and prepare for drafts in the context of the work of Ethics in the wider Culture Change discussions and materials.
Policy and development of tools:
¿ Assist in the research, review and analysis of existing policies and documents produced by the Ethics Office and relevant Units and draft inputs from the ethics perspectives (harassment and abuse of authority, respectful workplace; Conflict of Interest; Fraud Prevention, Gifts Policy, etc.) and in developing advocacy and promotional tools on various themes in ethics.
Other duties:
¿ Perform other duties as required by the Office and provide debriefing and hand-over notes to Ethics team and relevant colleagues at the end of internship.

Minimum qualifications required
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
¿ Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within one year of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited UNESCO ; and
¿ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.

NOTE: 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.

Desirable qualifications and skills
The ideal candidate will have:
¿ Completed university studies preferably in psychology/behavioral science, international relations or law, social sciences, applied ethics or related fields;
¿ Experience or demonstrated strong interest in ethical issues or related fields;
¿ Experience in training and/or strong communication skills;
¿ Experience in statistics and data visualization or graphic design;
¿ Fluency in English (written and oral); Arabic/Spanish is a preference;
¿ Excellent drafting and communication skills;
¿ Ability to work in a multicultural team;
¿ Exposure to UN work;
¿ Ability in using Excel, PowerPoint, other design tools and software, WebEx, Teams, Mentimeter;
¿ Flexibility and adaptability.

It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week). The successful candidate will be either home-based or with the team in the Geneva, Switzerland. The location will be determined prior to the start of the internship, and is dependent upon the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in both the applicant¿s home country and at the duty station.

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.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing or training.

We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee or stateless background. Please note that the closing date for this internship advertisement is Tuesday 22 June 2021 (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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