• Added Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 27 November 2022
7 Steps to get a job in the United Nations

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA's services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.
UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff.
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

The UNRWA Human Resources Department is divided into three divisions: Human Resources Operational Services, Organizational Design and Classification Services and Human Resources Policy and Development Division. 2023 internship opportunities for Human Resources students are available to various functions in the Human Resources, Staff Development. Should sufficient internship candidates be identified, coordination of placement with the UNRWA Legal Department may also be possible. This opportunity would be uniquely suitable for students interested in in-house experience or Staff Development. Responsibilities

Interns may be assigned matters including but not limited to:

โ€ข Develop SharePoint sites and other websites, in collaboration with IMTD, including identifying website improvements that serve the content owners. This support will include some or all the following: data analysis, permissions management, content development and review, form building, page design, and construction, user acceptance testing, quality testing, and internal customer interactions.
โ€ข Interface with HR Section managers, chiefs, and other stakeholders to analyze business requirements.
โ€ข Propose effective solutions to enhance the usability of the SharePoint Site.
โ€ข Design logical and appealing user interface to site content.
โ€ข Review and implement site change requests.
โ€ข Develop content, articles, and other material to be included on the SharePoint or Websites. Support teams in creating content in form of articles, newsletters or email communications based on data collected through HR Events, upcoming product launch, and workshops.
โ€ข Review and/or edit content developed by other members of the team.
โ€ข Support HR Systems team in administrative tasks.
โ€ข Support in various HR projects as requested by the supervisor (e.g., help organize HR events) Competencies

โ€ข Effective Communication Skills
โ€ข Teamwork.
โ€ข Planning and organizing.
โ€ข Knowledge of staff development methods. Education

Applicants must be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school program in Human Resources, Business administration; or other related fields. And be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme and have completed at least four years of studies in Business administration (minimum bachelorโ€™s level or equivalent).

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience, although prior work experience in Human Resources or any other related field will be an advantage.


โ€ข Be computer literate in standard software applications, SharePoint or similar software
โ€ข Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
โ€ข Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship. Languages

Excellent command of spoken and written English Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration. Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNRWA. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
โ€ข Name of accredited university for both undergraduate degree obtained and the degree in progress, recent graduates are also welcome;
โ€ข IT skills and programs that you are proficient in;
โ€ข Explain your interest in UNRWA and why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work and academic experiences, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

UNRWA staff and complementary personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity. No travel is required as the placement is sought on a remote working basis. All costs connected with an internโ€™s participation must be borne by the intern. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Teams will be required software for the intern. Interns are responsible for negotiating course credit with the law school for independent study/intern credits where feasible.

At the stage of acceptance of an internship placement, interns must prove to the satisfaction of UNRWA that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage prior to commencing the placement.

Intern placements shall not constitute employment by UNRWA. Interns are considered to be complementary personnel with non-staff status. The purpose of the internship program is not to lead to further employment with UNRWA but to complement an intern's studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Interns are eligible to apply as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance with normal selection procedures.

Please note that UNRWA does not charge fees at any stage of the application process. Vacancy announcements advertised at:, will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Jerusalem time) on the deadline date.

UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

This vacancy is archived.

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