Protection Intern

UNHCR , South Africa
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Job Summary

Job Description

Operational Context:

The Protection Intern will be reporting to a Senior Protection staff within the Protection Pillar. The incumbent is expected to provide functional and administrative support to the protection pillar on protection related events, meetings, research, drafting of notes, including correspondences and reports.

The Protection Intern will support the protection unit in preparing for regional events, including a regional protection meeting that, aligned with the regional protection strategy and global policies, will help protection staff in the region to move forward with a common vision and informed of recent corporate strategic approaches. Under the guidance of a senior protection staff, s/he may liaise with UNHCR staff, partners. She/he will also support the Protection Pillar in other responsibilities, for example in preparation of the NGO consultations.

The intern will facilitate consultations with persons of concern, draft documents, and presentations, as well as will independently conduct research on specific themes to feed into protection documents. The intern will therefore gain experience on protection principles UNHCR work is based on, and will learn processes that are applicable in that field.

The first months of the internship are expected to be conducted remotely, depending on the evolving context linked with the COVID-19 situation.


Be a resource to the Protection Pillar activities in the UNHCR Regional Bureau with focus – but not limited to - on community-based protection, education, and economic inclusion.
Help preparing the Regional Protection meeting taking place in September; this will include following up on ‘to do lists’, support preparing thematic session, help prepare visuals, keep colleagues abreast of progress, organize communication and keep record of responses to invitations as well as of speakers.
Support in organizing other events related to the pillar’s work.
Work closely with Protection staff on researching data and information, compiling information in documents and visuals and drafting documents and communication.
Specifically support research on the rights LGBTIQ+ persons and legal frameworks in the region, as well as on social norms and role of civil society.
Conduct research on initiatives, studies, articles, events, etc. related to economic inclusion and synthesize materials to build evidence base.
Support the protection pillar in consolidating quarterly education statistical reports including country specific factsheets.
Support the Protection Pillar’s in Complementary pathways work.
Assist in day to day tasks.
Perform other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education & Professional Work Experience

Degree in Law, Social Sciences, (International Relations, Political Science), or other relevant degree.
Excellent knowledge of information management tools, ability to produce spreadsheets, organize information and produce visual summaries.
Good command of drafting, communication, and presentation skills.
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office.
Language Requirements:**
Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

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

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
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.**
Food and Transportation 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 which is 10% of DSA (Daily Subsistence Allowance) for Pretoria per day up to maximum of 30 days in a month payable in local currency.