UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and
social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
- Department: Executive Office
- Duty Station: UNRWA HQ, Amman – Jordan
- Remote for duration of internship. International applicants
- Type of Appointment: Full-time internship
- Duration: Three months
- Expected Starting Date: Mid-February 2021
Terms of Reference
Neutrality is a core UN principle that governs the way humanitarian response is carried out.
Together with humanity, impartiality and independence, these principles are key in establishing the humanitarian space essential for the effective delivery of services during both peacetime and in periods of conflict. UNRWA is committed to the aforementioned principles, including the safeguarding of neutrality, as they are essential for the Agency to effectively protect and serve Palestine refugees.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Information and data management and presentation, in addition to data cleaning;
- Graphic design of creative and visual items for the Agency, such as videos, posters,
manuals, and other internal guidance and training materials;
- Research on International Humanitarian Law; humanitarian best practice; humanitarian
principles trends internal to the Agency.
- Perform other duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Education: A university degree from an accredited educational institution in Middle Eastern
Studies, Development, International Relations, Anthropology, Graphic Design; Information
Management; Engineering; or relevant field.
- Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience.
Knowledgeable in one or more of the following is desirable:
- Native level of Arabic language.
- Translation from English to Arabic (fusha) and vice versa.
- Video Editing.
- Graphic Design.
- Information management skills and familiarity with statistics;
- Languages: Excellent command of spoken and written English.
Please note that one candidate is not expected to meet all of these qualifications, but it is nonetheless requested that applicants meet one of these qualifications above.
- Ability to understand complex concepts in a short period of time
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to multi-tasking and juggling multiple projects and tasks
- Willingness to take the initiative in supporting the team, putting experience and skills in use for new projects
- Collegial attitude and willingness to work with and in a remote team
- Excellent organizational skills, punctual with effective planning ability
- Excellent attention to detail, producing work without typos or inconsistencies
- Good presentational skills
- Strong understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel with the ability to plug knowledge gaps in Microsoft quickly on the job.
- Should you be interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected], no later than 8th February 2021. Please mention in the subject line “Neutrality Internship”.
The motivation letter must include:
- Title of degree;
- Explain your interest in UNRWA and why you are the best candidate for this specific
- Your knowledge of issues related to Palestine refugees and the operations of
- Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be
- Interns will be accepted based on their ability to work primarily on: (i) translation; (ii) information management and/or GIS; (iii) graphic design and/or video editing.
Please explain your experience in one of these spheres in the motivation letter.
- Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.
- UNRWA staff and complementary personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.
- UNRWA will not be responsible for the costs of travel, visa, accommodation, or any other costs related to the placement. All costs connected with an intern’s participation must be borne by the intern, including arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc. Interns will be solely responsible to secure visas. Applicants should be able to travel in the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.
- At the stage of acceptance of an internship placement, interns must prove to the satisfaction of UNRWA that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage prior to commencing the placement.
- Intern placements shall not constitute employment by UNRWA. Interns are considered to be complementary personnel with non-staff status. The purpose of the internship program is not to lead to further employment with UNRWA but to complement an intern’s studies.
- Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
Interns are eligible to apply as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance with normal selection procedures.
- Please note that UNRWA does not charge fees at any stage of the application process.
- Vacancy announcements advertised at: https://www.unrwa.org/careers/internships, will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Jerusalem time) on the deadline date.
UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.