Public Information Intern - Regional Centre for Emergency Preparedness (eCentre)

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Duration: 3-6 months, starting March 2019

Requirements: University student (post-graduate) in Public Relations/ International Relations/ Development Studies/ Business Administration/ Sociology Studies or any other related field. Fluency in written and spoken English a must.

Total hours: 35 hours/week

Salary: Internship positions are unpaid, but interns may be entitled to a stipend for the duration of the internship.


The internship will introduce the intern to the overall UN and humanitarian system through the activities of the UNHCR Regional Centre for Emergency Preparedness (“**the eCentre**”).

The eCentre hopes add practical knowledge to supplement the intern’s academic experience, and to enable interns to put to practice their academic knowledge, professional experience and personal creativity. Interns can bring new, innovative ideas to the eCentre and initiate new projects.

Background of Internship

The UNHCR Regional Centre for Emergency Preparedness (eCentre), was established by UNHCR with the assistance of Government of Japan in Tokyo, Japan in 2000. The aim of the eCentre is to work with emergency management stakeholders throughout Asia and Pacific to promote and strengthen emergency preparedness, safety, security and protection in the context of humanitarian emergencies, whether caused by armed conflict, natural disasters, or large-scale rights violations. In doing so, the eCentre has focused largely on supporting and working with government and civil society actors in the region to strengthen the operational capacity of these actors to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and encourage interagency collaboration.

The eCentre achieves its aims through three key means:

  • regional training on emergency preparedness and response, safety, security and protection; symposiums; conferences; country operation tailored training and technical support for field operations
  • the design and delivery of knowledge resources (learning manuals, reference materials, etc);
  • a network of practitioners on emergency preparedness.

In 2015, eCentre moved to Bangkok (a regional hub for many INGOs) to increase its involvement in inter-agency activities with regional partners and address critical gaps in emergency management capacity within the region.

The thematic areas covered by the activities/programs of eCentre include: refugee/IDP emergency preparedness and response activities, urban emergency responses, protection mainstreaming, displacement and natural disasters, protection-sensitive migration and displacement management, civil-military coordination, operational continuity in complex security environments, etc.

Description of tasks:

The intern will be expected to:

  • regularly update materials on the eCentre web-site and eCentre Facebook page;
  • Assist in the design and creation of public information materials and publications (posters, newsletters, etc) on eCentre activities;
  • produce dynamic photo and video content from eCentre workshops;
  • brainstorm new ideas, tools and methods in activities of eCentre, and;
  • perform other tasks as required by the eCentre Regional Coordinator.

The internship will also span broader aspects related to emergency preparedness and response, and the mandate of UNHCR as well as its activities in Asia-Pacific. The position reports to the eCentre Project Coordinator.

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