United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: External Relations Internship

By UN High Commissioner for Refugees Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 18 Oct 2018

External Relations Internship

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights

and building a better future for refugees, forcibly 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’s staff work in 130 countries around the world, from major capitals to remote and

often dangerous locations, using their expertise to protect and care for millions of people. Wherever

refugees arrive, UNHCR works closely with governments to ensure the 1951 Refugee Convention is

honoured. The ideal candidate for this position will be a recent graduate, with a demonstrable

commitment to refugee issues. You should have a desire to develop skills and experience in media

relations, communications and parliamentary affairs. You should have the ability to maintain a high level

of confidentiality at all times and good interpersonal skills, flexibility and attention to detail are essential.

Knowledge of parliamentary procedure and advocacy and/or a detailed knowledge of best practice in

social media communication is an advantage.

Description of Internship in the External Relations Unit

  • Main function: Providing support to the External Relations Unit
  • Duration: Six months; Monday to Friday (9.00 – 5.00) Location: London, UK
  • Contract: Internship

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Daily monitoring the UK’s print and online media, reporting on refugee and asylum matters and assisting in the preparation of material for the media.
  • Responding to enquiries from the media and members of the public via email and telephone. • Maintaining databases of media & parliamentary contacts.
  • Monitoring Parliament, compiling daily Hansard reports of proceedings in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and producing a daily briefing on relevant debates and reports.
  • Developing content for UNHCR UK’s website and social media channels, as well as contributing to monthly digital performance reports.
  • Assisting with development and running of external relations events.
  • Providing support to the daily running of the office and in particular the External Relations Unit, including administrative support.
    Knowledge, experience, skills relevant for position:

  • General computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Experience of updating and managing organisational social media accounts, and websites.

  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills in English.

  • Experience and interest in organising and running events.

  • Analytical and drafting skills.

  • Good intercultural communication skills.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

  • Knowledge of UK current affairs and political climate and an interest in contemporary issues surrounding refugees on both domestic and international levels. Graduates with a background in media, journalism, politics, international relations, development studies or other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Additional information

Please 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.

Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive a monthly allowance of

up to USD$1000 is available to help cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.

Applications should be sent by email, with CV (no longer than two pages) and covering letter (no longer

than one page) to: gbrloea@unhcr.org. Please indicate you are applying for the External Relations

internship in the subject of the email.

  • The deadline for applications is Thursday 18th October
  • Interviews will take place on Thursday 25th October
  • The start date will be Monday 5th November

For more information see http://www.unhcr.org/uk/internships-in-the-united-kingdom.html