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Intern - Statelessness


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Migration
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

H (no hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate Type

Internship International

Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

March 19, 2023

Terms of Reference

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a Geneva office-based internship1
in the
Statelessness Section in the Division of International Protection. The internship will be for 6
months and run from March to September 2023.
The recruited intern will get valuable hands-on experience with UNHCR’s work related to its
statelessness mandate and is expected to contribute fresh perspectives, legal research and
and writing support to the work of the Statelessness Section.
UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a
better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year,
millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and
persecution. We are present in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for
To implement UNHCR's global mandate on statelessness, the Statelessness Section of the
Division of International Protection (DIP) supports the development of doctrine, policy,
publications, and other resources on statelessness. It provides guidance and field support on statelessness and nationality-law issues to UNHCR’s many country operations around the
Work on statelessness at UNHCR is busy and interesting as UNHCR has entered the final
two years of the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.
The position
Under the supervision of the Chief of the Statelessness Section, and working closely with all
members of the team, interns are expected to contribute to the work of the Section and
undertake specific responsibilities as described below.
Duties and responsibilities
• Undertake an extended research assignment to be agreed in consultation with the
Statelessness Section upon commencement of the internship;
• Conduct research to support the development of new legal and policy papers on
• Assist with the preparation of the quarterly #IBelong Campaign Updates;
• Gather and disseminate weekly news round-ups on statelessness;
• Assist with preparations for advocacy events and other outreach efforts;
• Assist with the day-to-day work of the Section (support to the field, drafting of
briefing notes and report inputs, distribution of statelessness related materials etc.).
Essential minimum qualifications and professional
experience required
The candidate must be a recent graduate (have graduated within two years prior to
application) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school
The ideal candidate will hold/have:
 An undergraduate degree in international law, international human rights law,
international relations, political science or a related field.
 Academic or practical experience relating to refugee issues, statelessness, nationality
or human rights law.
 Excellent analytic and drafting skills, legal drafting skills will be highly beneficial.
 Experience working in diverse settings.
A positive and flexible attitude.
 Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of another UN
language would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be based with the statelessness team at UNHCR in Geneva,
The internship is a full-time role with working hours from approximately 9am to 6 pm, Monday
to Friday (with one hour lunch).
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive a food and
local transportation allowance which amounts to 50% of the monthly salary of GS3 Step 1
(approx. CHF 2,600 per months). In cases where a sponsored intern receives funding (less
than the amount of allowance described above) from the sponsoring institution or another
sponsor, UNHCR will pay the difference between this amount and the above allowance, if
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a 30-minute phone interview.


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This position doesn't require a functional clearance
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