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Psychosocial Internship

Pretoria (South Africa)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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

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. Food and Transportation 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 which is 10% of DSA (Daily Subsistence Allowance) for Pretoria per day up to maximum of 30 days in a month payable in local currency.

Working Hours and Location:
It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 1:30pm on Friday. 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. Psychosocial Internship

- Assist in keeping track on implementation of staff wellbeing promotion initiatives across UNHCR¿s Southern Africa operations.
- Documentation support: Taking minutes and action point of meetings; keep all meeting/event documents organised in online, easily retrievable folders.
- Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of in-persona and virtual wellbeing initiatives including (i) virtual book reading club; (ii) wellbeing week; (iii) world mental health campaign among others.
- Supporting data analytics and presentation of satisfaction surveys and needs assessments related to wellbeing initiatives.
- Assisting in compiling information for local content of the wellbeing platform from operations in the Southern Africa region.
- Assisting in the promotion and socialization of the platform; researching diverse print and electronic information sources for topics and materials for use in promoting mobile and desktop platform products and services.
- Assisting in collating information related to wellbeing [psychosocial] initiatives and campaigns implemented in UNHCR¿s country operations in the Southern Africa region.
- Liaising with the Peer Advisors network in the coordination of implementation of mental health initiatives
- Performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education & Professional Work Experience
- Degree in Counselling, Organisational Psychology, Psychology, Social Work, Business Studies, Project Management or other related fields.
- Experience with data collection, statistical analysis, report writing and drafting reports and correspondence
- Excellent communication, and presentation skills.
- Excellent working knowledge of MS Office.
Language Requirements:
- Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening. Submission of Applications:

¿ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter.  For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number. 

¿ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via

¿ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and do a competency based oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

¿ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

¿ 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 strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

¿ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

¿ For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Pretoria  RSARBHR@UNHCR.ORG
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship with the Psychosocial Wellbeing Section (PWS) of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) at UNHCR Bureau for Southern Africa in Pretoria, South Africa.

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.

The Psychosocial Wellbeing Section is looking for an intern to assist in management of the implementation of UNHCR¿s staff health promotion initiatives in its Southern Africa region. With focus on mental health as dependent variable, health promotion initiatives are geared towards promoting health and preventing ill-health rather than focusing on people at risk for specific diseases. The staff wellbeing initiatives provide opportunities to increase healthy behaviours, improve health knowledge, and builds resilience that mitigates psychosocial risks in the workplace. Currently, the PWS Southern Africa Region is working on the expansion of virtual wellbeing promotion initiatives, the use of UNHCR¿s wellbeing platform¿s content for which the support by an intern is required.

The intern will work under the supervision of the Senior Staff Counsellor and will interact regularly with Peer Advisors, HR colleagues and the medical team in UNHCR¿s Southern Africa region focusing on implementation and monitoring of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. The intern will be expected to collaborate with other stakeholders on projects related to the wellbeing platform. The closing date for submission of applications is 19 September 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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