Internship in IDP Section, Division of International Protection in Geneva, Switzerland, Geneva, Switzerland 208 views

Job Title: Job ID: Internship in IDP Section, Division of International Protection in Geneva, Switzerland


Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary Grade: Hardship Level: H

Family Location Type: Family

Duties and Qualifications

Terms of Reference: Internship in IDP Section, Division of International Protection

Title: Intern

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Working Unit: IDP Section, Division of International Protection

Duration: 6 months

Closing date: 06 December 2019

Start date: 6 January 2020

Organizational context

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other populations of concern. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR teams are in the field in over 125 countries, using their expertise to protect and care for nearly 55 million people.

The internship will be placed in the IDP section of the Division of International Protection. The internship will focus on UNHCRÂ’s engagement with IDPs through the support to the organization of events for the GP20 Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for Internally Displaced People 2018-2020, among other tasks. This internship is a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience in an international organization within the UN system and to develop a specific understanding of the protection risks experiences by IDPs as well as the international response to internal displacement.

Duties and responsibilities

Â’ Support the organization of events, development of communications materials and other tasks related to the GP20 Plan of Action

Â’ Assist in coordinating inputs related to the protection of IDPs for UNHCRÂ’s recommendations to the Universal Periodic Review and other special procedures on human rights, as well as coordination of a summary of UNHCRÂ’s IDP operations.

Â’ Assist with the organization of meetings and events, and with note-taking and reporting.

Â’ Undertake any other task as assigned by the Chief of Section.

Essential minimum qualifications: In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria: Â’ Recent graduates (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university of higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and

Â’ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.

Please note that candidates who have immediate relatives (father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister) working as staff members of UNHCR are not eligible.

Desirable Qualification and skills: Education: Â’ BachelorÂ’s degree in law, political science, social science or related field.

Â’ Graduate degree Â’ completed or enrolled in a programme related to law, political science, social science or related field.


Â’ Demonstrated interest in human rights, and particularly the rights of IDPs.

Â’ Competent user of standard word processing and spreadsheet software.

Â’ Experience using online content management platforms is an asset.

Â’ Demonstrated experience in research and drafting of documents.

Â’ Demonstrated competencies in administration, organization and time-management.


Â’ Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required, knowledge of other UN languages desirable.

Location: The successful candidate will be based with the team at the UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Conditions & Allowances: It is a full-time role with working hours starting from

  • 00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

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.

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.

Please note that the closing date for this internship advertisement is Friday 6 December (midnight Geneva time).

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