Job Title: Community-Based Protection Internship Vacancy Notice: VN 48/2019 Position Number VN 48/2019
Location: Rome, Italy Position Grade: Internship Closing Date: 2019-11-03
Organizational Context

UNHCR has at the core of its protection mandate promote meaningfulparticipation of persons of concern. Over the time UNHCR has strengthened therights-based foundations of its work that include the promotion of the right of every person to participate in deciding and shaping their lives. UNHCR in Italy intents to enhance further its community-based approach to work together withrefugees and other persons of concern from their arrival to their integration.Through the systematic application of its Age, Gender and Diversity Policy, regular facilitation of Participatory Assessments and rollout of a series of pilot projects aimed to promote capacities and self-reliance of refugees, UNHCR Italy seeks to ensure that all persons of concern enjoy their rights on an equal footing and that are able to participate and influence any decision affecting their lives and build together a favourable protection and integration environment.

The protection of refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers and statelessness is the core of UNHCR's mandate. UNHCR is engaged in ensuring that persons forced to flee and stateless persons may enjoy basic human rights and not be returned against their will in a country in which they may be subjected to persecution. In Italy, UNHCR works with refugees, relevant institutions as well as civil society to ensure the protection of refugees and stateless persons and to promote their participation to decisions that might affect their lives. UNHCR supports Italian Government and other competent authorities in strengthening asylum legislation, ensuring that policies, laws and implementation practices are in line with international standards, including through training, capacity building and technical support. In addition UNHCR is carrying out some operational activities in the field of inclusion and integration, child and youth protection, community mobilization and outreach and protection monitoring, with an AGDM and community based approach.

The intern will support the protection (Community-Based) unit of the UNHCRItalian office in all relevant activities, with a particular focus on projectsrelated to CBP activities. The intern will have the opportunity to strengthenand deepen the knowledge learned during university studies through his/her workexperience in close coordination with protection colleagues and the directcontact with refugees.The intern will be trained and supported in his/her work.


Under the supervision of the Public Information Associate, the intern will be asked to perform the following activities:

  • Provide support in organization and logistics of external as well as internal events, trainings and PoCs consultations;
  • Provide support in drafting/reviewing reports, notes, info-communication material and external communication tools developed by Community Based Protection staff, partners and CBOs;
  • Provide support in documentation, collection and storage as well as knowledge management;
  • Contribute to monitoring political, social, economic and cultural development of relevance to UNHCR mandate for protection monitoring purposes, particularly with regard to document filing to update protection monitoring - secondary review matrix;
  • Support with routing correspondence drafting, with translation and other team's routine tasks as requested (i.e. updationg CBP agenda, liaising with service providers, administrative tasks, etc.);
  • Assist in maintaining/updating entries in RATT (tracking events tools);
  • Provide operational support to Community Based projects' as per operational needs;
  • Update and develop contents for websites, newsletters, other communication products related to CBP projects;
  • Perform other protection-related duties as required.

The intern will receive training and support in assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required


  • Be a recent graduate (person who completed their studies within one year of applying for an internship with UNHCR) or a current student/undergraduate school programme from a University or higher education;
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, International Relations, Communication or related areas;
  • Previous relevant working experiences with refugees and asylum issues is an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge and practice in the use of MS office and Web Browsing;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work autonomously and in team;
  • Respect for diversity and capacity to work in stressful contexts; Fluency in English and Italian, both speaking and writing; Knowledge of other language/s is an asset;
  • Full time availability;
  • Ability to use editing and graphic layout programs (i.e. InDesign, Illustrator, Word, etc.) is an added value.

Other information


  • There is no expectation of employment at the end of the internship. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions in UNHCR during the period of internship and for a period of six months following the end of their internship. Interns may be hired as individual contractors without a break in service, provided they have the required qualifications and professional experience;
  • Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive a Food and Local Transportation Allowance which will be the equivalent of 10% of the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) of the duty station and be based on 30 calendar days. It must not exceed the equivalent of USD 1000 per month, normally payable in local currency. If the agreed internship is not full-time, the Allowance will be adjusted accordingly.

How to Apply (please read carefully):


Candidates must have the right to work in Italy.


To apply, please download the Personal History Form (PHF) andSupplementary Sheet at:  Then signup/login and complete the onlineapplication form.


Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview and awritten assessment, if applicable.


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