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PSP Researcher Intern

Abu Dhabi | Dubai

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Abu Dhabi | Dubai
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate Type

Internship Local

Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

December 12, 2022

Terms of Reference

The PSP unit in Dubai is primarily focused on raising funds and awareness from the private sector across the UAE. This is done both online and offline and with a wide range of partners including high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and foundations. Based in the UAE the PSP unit focuses on advocating for refugees and other people of concern using multiple channels of engagement, such as digital and direct relationship management.

The position
UNCHR is seeking a dynamic and proactive team player, with a strong interest in CSR, NGOs and refugee issues, to complete a six-month internship within UNHCR’s PSP unit.
The PSP unit works to raise the profile of UNHCR among the private sector, enhance the image of UNHCR internally and works across UNHCR divisions, sections and the field to promote an integrated approach and to inspire engagement with the public (individuals, corporations and foundations).
You will work closely with the fundraising team and other members of the private sector partnerships section. Liaising with UNHCR’s wider networks you will support the development of UNHCR’s image, agenda, and compliance across the organization, and will play your part in achieving UNHCR’s strategic ambitions; contributing to the protection of people forced to flee.

Duties and responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of PSP Officer, the main tasks of the PSP Researcher Intern will be the following:
• Provide ongoing market research to identify new prospects and analysis support and produce concise summaries for different projects. The research should include high-net-worth individuals, foundations, corporates, etc.
• Develop a new list of potential donors out F2F database.
• Coordinate with PPH, F2F, and middle donor team on UAE digital database.
• Support account managers in creating, compiling, and recording (Salesforce) cultivation plans for priority prospects.
• Support account managers in the due diligence for the potential partners.
• Provide support to account managers in drafting and shaping project concept notes, proposals, and progress reports.
• Other tasks as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required:
Current university student or recent graduates in Economics, Public Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, or other related fields.
• Excellent computer skills and practical experience in working with Microsoft Office and CRMs such as Salesforce.
• Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English is imperative, with advanced writing and editing skills.
• Strong understanding of the corporate landscape in the Gulf.
• Strong passion for refugee affairs, and for UNHCR’s work.
• Awareness of humanitarian affairs, and good writing skills.
• Attention to detail and a results-oriented team player.
• Have excellent research, analytical, drafting and communication skills with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.

The successful candidate will be based with the team in Dubai. Our Office is in International Humanitarian city, near Al Maktoum Airport.

Applicant should be a recent graduate or current student who has completed at least two years of undergraduate studies. Recent graduates are to be considered persons who completed their studies within two years of applying for an internship with UNHCR.
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.
Selected candidates will have to arrange for their own residency visa in UAE. Candidates holding valid residency UAE visa are encouraged to apply. Kindly mention your residency status in the Application.
The internship is for Three months January 2022May 2022. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8:00am – 4:30pm (with 30 mins lunch break) Monday to Thursday & 8:00am to 12:00pm (no lunch break) on Friday.
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

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.


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