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Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Internship

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-27

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In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Be a 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.

- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to 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. UNHCR is seeking a dynamic and proactive team player, with a strong interest in Private Sector Partnerships, to complete a three-months internship within UNHCR¿s PPH team. The PPH Intern will be working under the supervision of the Snr PPH Associate.

The PPH internship is a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience with Private Sector Partnerships¿ practices within UNHCR and the UN in general. The selected candidate will get hands-on fundraising experience and work in a multicultural team.

Duties and responsibilities
¿ Desk researching on potential donors/partners in preparation for outreach and meetings
¿ Crafting funding proposals, updates, reports based on documents received from HQ and data extracted from UNHR¿s platform
¿ Assisting in donors¿ stewardship (including drafting letters or emails, assembling correspondence or little gifts, etc.)
¿ Assisting in the organisation of events
¿ Translating to and from English The ideal candidate will:
¿ Be a recent graduate (completed studies within one year) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme (preferably in the areas of international relations, economics, marketing/communication) from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO;
¿ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
¿ Have excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills as well as be comfortable with working in an international environment
¿ Have good experience using the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
¿ Demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and develop
¿ Be highly organised and have good attention to detail
¿ Be able to multi-task and to priorities workload and
¿ Be a team-player. Fluency in English and Italian with advanced writing and editing skills. Additional languages are desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be based with the team in UNHCR Rome office (when possible due to the current pandemic situation).

The internship is for three months and the preferred start date is 1 October 2021. It is a fulltime role with working hours starting from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Obtaining and renewing current visas and residence permits including all associated costs, are the responsibility of the intern. Please note that the terms of internship, as defined by UNHCR practice, include the payment of a Food and Local Transportation Allowance (FLTA).

In case the intern is sponsored by another source during the internship this will be deducted from the FLTA.

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.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  Assessment of short-listed candidates might comprise of both an interview and a written test.

UNHCR has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment. Successful candidates will be subject to mandatory UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment clearance check prior to receiving an offer. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

In case of any queries, please contact the HR Team at
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR offers an exciting opportunity for an intern to join the Private Sector Partnerships Unit in the Rome office, Italy. Within the Private Sector Partnerships team in Italy, the Private Partnerships & Philanthropy (PPH) team works to engage companies, foundations and major donors to build and enhance relationships that lead to long term financial and not financial support for refugees. This internship contributes to the team¿s outreach and cultivation efforts and provides ample learning opportunities for an individual aiming to gain experience in engaging the private sector to support global causes. The position, based in Rome and performed also remotely (due to the current pandemic situation), offers a unique opportunity to learn how the private sector can help UNHCR to respond to refugees¿ needs in Italy and worldwide. The closing date for submission of applications is Monday 27 September 2021 (23:59 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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