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External Relations Associate

Berlin (Germany)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Berlin (Germany)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-30

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This position is open to internal and external applicants. The External Relations Associate is supervised by the Senior External Relations Officer and receives regular guidance and advice from the supervisor. Advice and operational support may also be received from other senior staff and support units at the Country Office/HQ.  External contacts are generally with a broad range of officials from national and international institutions, media or general public involving the exchange of a wide range of information.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Provide background briefings to local and international media. 
- Keep track of evolving issues concerning persons of concern to be able to suggest stories and topics for the media to cover.
- Provide daily briefings on local developments to the Head of Office and ensure that briefing materials from other offices are available.
- Accompany visits of foreign delegations and the media to refugee sites in the region, giving appropriate briefings, commentaries and prepare briefing material for visitors.
- Establish contacts with local organisations to promote general interest and understanding of refugee issues
- Ensure that the office is kept informed of local developments which may have a political or operational impact on the office's activities.
- May be required to compile information and SitReps received from the Field Offices and/or sections within the Office and consolidate into weekly/monthly/quarterly report.
- Advise the Head of Office of local aspects of external relations policies.
- Liaise with external partners and local organizations on behalf of UNHCR.
- Produce reports and briefings for internal and external partners.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses:

Political Sciences Social Sciences International Relations
Journalism Communication
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)


Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position.

Functional Skills:

IT-Computer Literacy
IT-Web design/Webpage preparation/Digital Technologies/Analysis
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
ER-Communications/media/digital/social media communicat. monitoring/analysis/presentation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. Core Competencies:

Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies:

Analytical Thinking
Innovation and Creativity
Political Awareness Excellent command of both German and English in writing and verbally is required. Interested internal candidates should apply through MSRP - Self-Service - Recruiting Activities - Careers (please search by JO number 000226 or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply.

Interested external applicants must apply through the external UNHCR website: - Careers - Career opportunities - Other Opportunities - Vacancies and search by Job Opening number 000226. When experiencing technical difficulties, please try clearing your browser cache & try again. If issue persists, try on different browser & computer.

Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to pass a written test and attend an interview via Teams or Webex.

For questions regarding the position, please send an email to Carlotta Mezger
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Over the last few years, Germany has become an increasingly important partner to UNHCR, being not only a top donor but also assuming a proactive role in international humanitarian assistance and international refugee protection, as evidenced by its strong engagement in the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. For UNHCR, these developments have resulted in an intensified dialogue with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), on thematic aspects of humanitarian assistance and refugee protection as well as on various displacement situations. It has also led to a growing number of initiatives, consultations and conferences being hosted by Germany and a growing number of humanitarian actors with presence in Berlin.

The External Relations team of the UNHCR Representation in Berlin, which consists of the Senior External Relations Officer and the External Relations Associate, therefore engages closely with decision-makers and humanitarian partners, strengthening donor relations in and with Germany, reaching out to Parliamentarians and improving its advocacy and information dissemination and outreach.

Under the supervision of the Senior External Relations Officer, the External Relations Associate supports UNHCR's advocacy efforts with government interlocutors as well as members of Parliament. This includes, but is not limited to, the organisation of briefings and meetings, including for high level UNHCR officials, the preparation of background documentation and meeting minutes, as well as participation in working-level meetings, e.g. on specific humanitarian crises, with relevant counterparts. The incumbent helps to raise the profile of UNHCR among relevant German audiences. This can be through the conceptualization and organisation of events, through outreach to civil society organisations, or through social media content. The External Relations Associate may also be asked to take over internal reporting or other tasks.

The incumbent will work closely with colleagues from the Public Information and Protection teams of UNHCR Germany and will be in exchange with HQ Divisions and Bureaux as well as External Relations colleagues in the field.

The External Relations Associate should keep updated on global refugee and humanitarian situations and topics as well as UNHCR positions. The incumbent of the position needs to be able to quickly prepare background notes and talking points, and to present information on UNHCR operations in a comprehensive and accessible way. Experience in humanitarian or development organisations, or in advocacy or fundraising contexts is required. Knowledge of social media and digital engagement is desirable. Working experience in humanitarian or refugee situations would be an asset.

Excellent command of both German and English in writing and verbally is required. The closing date for applications is 30th of July 23:59 CEST. The desired start date of the position is 15th of September 2021.
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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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