Internship & Training

Protection Intern

Pretoria (South Africa)

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    Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Location: Pretoria (South Africa)

    Grade: Internship

    Occupational Groups:

    Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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. – 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. 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. 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.

Submission of Applications:

– Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter.  For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number. 

– Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via


– Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and do a competency based oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

– The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. 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.

– UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

– UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

– For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Pretoria  RSARBHR@UNHCR.ORG

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. The closing date for submission of applications is 2 August 2021, midnight Geneva time.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.

Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager. 


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