Internship in the Division of Resilience and Solutions at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva

  • Added Date: Monday, 31 May 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship within the Development Partnerships and Analytics Service of the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

  • Title: Development Partnerships and Analytics Intern
  • Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland Duration: 6 months
  • Contract Type: Internship
  • Closing date for application: 09 June 2021
  • Start date: as soon as possible

Organisational context

In close collaboration with UNHCR, the World Bank (WB) has committed to ramp up its efforts to support refugee-hosting countries under the International Development Associationโ€™s Nineteenth Replenishment (IDA19), which includes a $2.2 billion Window for Host Communities and Refugees (WHR). In this context, the WBG has committed to develop a Refugee Policy Review Framework (RPRF) to review policies relevant to the socio-economic development of refugees and host communities and gauge progress on such policies to enhance policy dialogue, among all stakeholders, and inform support from the World Bank IDA 19 WHR. The RPRF is being rolled out in 14 countries that are eligible to receive financing from the WHR.

UNHCR has supported the WBG with the collection of data and information on policies that affect the socio-economic environment of refugees and host communities as well as basic information on the refugee situation in the country and to draft a country summary of refugee policy framework for each of the 14 countries. The first country summary constitutes the baseline which reports on the situation as at June 2020 also emphasizing the policy developments which occurred in each country in the three previous years. The 14 country summaries were submitted to the WB by the end of April 2021. Subsequently, UNHCR will have to produce country summary updates on a regular basis. This update will have to be produced and submitted to the WB by the end of August 2021. In addition, a Refugee Policy Analysis (RPA) is conducted for each IDA 19-eligible country to determine the adequacy of a country's refugee protection framework. This analysis is conducted every six months and is internal to UNHCR and WB.

The position

The Intern will support the team at UNHCR Headquarters that is responsible for the management and coordination of the RPRF and RPA process and which works closely with UNHCR Operations, Regional Bureaus and Technical Divisions.

Duties and responsibilities

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

  • Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within one year of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO1 ; and
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR.

NOTE: 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.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong analytical and data analysis skills (programming skills with the statistical software R);
  • Strong organizational skills; โ€ข
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate and disseminate information effectively and creatively to a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to think creatively, and to explore, harness and translate innovative concepts into practice;
  • Good prioritizing and self-management skills to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent knowledge of English;
  • Work experience in research institutes, UN, government, bi/multilateral donor agencies, or development agencies;
  • Experience working on refugees/displaced populations.


It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week). The successful candidate will be either home-based or with the team in the Geneva, Switzerland. The location will be determined prior to the start of the internship, and is dependent upon the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in both the applicantโ€™s home country and at the duty station.

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.

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