Internship Protection Unit

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Warsaw, Poland

We are seeking a dynamic and proactive team player, with a strong interest in not-for-profit brand and refugee issues, to complete a three-month internship (with possibility of extension) within UNHCR’s Protection team.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Assistant Protection Officer and will play a part in achieving UNHCR’s strategic ambition: contributing to the protection of people forced to flee.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Support protection delivery
  • Monitor developments on national legislation that have an impact on persons of concern.
  • Assist the Associate Protection Officer with delivery of trainings and workshops.
  • Assist the Associate Protection Officer on design of information materials to be distributed in reception facilities and asylum centres.
  • Liaise with UNHCR Protection colleagues to consolidate biweekly sitreps.
  • Liaise with partner translation companies to ensure translation of documents and interpretation services to the Protection Unit. 
  • Individual case management
  • Manage the inboxes of UNHCR Poland, answering to individual queries, supporting timely referrals of protection cases and providing other needed support.
  • Support Protection Sector coordination
  • Support the work of the Protection Sector, including reviewing membership as well as keeping a record of the meetings by minutes taking.
  • Support communication with Protection Sector partners more broadly, including by ensuring all communication with Protection Sector partners is conducted both in English and Polish.
  • Supporting the design of the Protection Sector agenda and engaging with key speakers to confirm availability and scope of presentations.
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required:

The ideal candidate will:
  • Be a recent graduate 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 (Law) to the work of the Organization
  • Have excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Be fluent in English, with strong writing and editing skills. Additional languages are desirable, but not essential.
  • Have good experience using the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and develop.
  • Be highly organised and have good attention to detail.
  • Be able to multi-task and to prioritise workload.
  • Be a flexible team-player
  • Be available to work full time for a period of internship