Protection Intern

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  • Added Date: Monday, 04 September 2023
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Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate TypeInternship

Target Start Date2023-10-01

Job Posting End DateSeptember 16, 2023

Terms of ReferenceOrganizational Unit: Protection
Title: Protection Intern
Duty station: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration of the internship: Minimum 3 months (full time), up-to eight months
Expected start date: Immediately

Background information/Organizational Context:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the UN agency mandated to protect and assist millions of refugees around the world. Refugees are persons who fled their countries of origin and crossed the internationally recognized border and because of well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin based on their racial, ethnic or religious background, or membership in political or social group. For further information on UNHCR, its mandate and operations, please see
The intern will be working with the Protection Team in Abu Dhabi, which drives the operationโ€™s protection advocacy efforts with Government, civil society, NGOs, private sector and academic institutions through capacity building, policy development, coordination and knowledge sharing as appropriate.
UNHCR works closely with the government to address the protection needs of people we serve and coordinate engagements with relevant stakeholders. The intern will report to the Senior Protection Associate, who supports the Operationโ€™s efforts to meet UNHCRโ€™s mandate and obligations on addressing child protection and GBV through prevention, risk mitigation and response based on UNHCRโ€™s mandate.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of Protection Officer and direct supervision Senior Protection Associate, the intern will be assigned the following duties:
โ€ข Assist the team in enhancing counselling of vulnerable families with special attention to GBV survivors and children at risk.
โ€ข Assist the team in reception of individuals and families seeking support from UNHCR.
โ€ข Assist the team in drafting letters in English and Arabic, and different forms of communication with external parties.
โ€ข Where possible, provide inputs and contribute to project development, policy development, and implementation of relevant protection strategies
โ€ข Assist the Team or contribute towards the development of identifying persons with special needs at reception.
โ€ข Perform any other functions as required

Minimum qualifications required
โ€ข Bachelorsโ€™ Degree in Social Sciences/Law/Psychology/Sociology/Social Work/ Gender Studies or related discipline.
โ€ข Ability to work as part of a team
โ€ข Good analytical and drafting skills
โ€ข Strong verbal and written ability in English and Arabic
โ€ข Good intercultural communication skills
โ€ข Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and good web skills
โ€ข Must have substantial knowledge of the local conditions.
โ€ข Demonstrated knowledge of GBV, child protection and refugee protection desired.
โ€ข Experience working with vulnerable individuals.

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
โ€ข Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
โ€ข Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
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.

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.

Standard Job Description

Required Languages Arabic


๐Ÿ“š ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—จ๐—ก ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ก๐—›๐—–๐—ฅ, ๐—ช๐—™๐—ฃ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—œ๐—–๐—˜๐—™, ๐—จ๐—ก๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฆ, ๐—จ๐—ก๐—™๐—ฃ๐—”, ๐—œ๐—ข๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! ๐ŸŒ

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