Livelihood and Economic Inclusion Intern

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InternshipTarget Start Date

2024-07-01Job Posting End Date

June 25, 2024Terms of Reference

Background information/Organizational Context

The Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit in the Self-Reliance and Inclusion Section/Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS) is looking for a full-time intern for a period of 6 months. UNHCR promotes the economic inclusion of refugees, other forcibly displaced and stateless persons to enable them to become self-reliant and help ease pressure on host communities (as stated in objectives 1 and 2 of the Global Compact on Refugees).

Economic inclusion is achieved by advocating for the right to decent work, enabling regulatory and policy frameworks for self-employment and entrepreneurial development, access to land and financial services, and poverty alleviation programs. This is done while mobilizing partnerships and resources, supporting implementation of pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), and driving innovative, market-oriented, evidence-based programming for climate-resilient and sustainable livelihoods.

The Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Unit plays a key role in this process by providing guidance, building field capacities, convening relevant stakeholders including the private sector, humanitarian and development actors, and governments, to expand access to services, resources, employment and self-employment opportunities. We promote results-based and market-driven approaches to enhance the economic inclusion outcomes of refugees, other forcibly displaced and stateless persons, and host communities. The Unit is now looking for an intern to support this work.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Keep internal and external communication platforms updated and support knowledge management by building a repository of good practices and templates, and draft case studies and communication materials for advocacy and capacity building purposes. • Support coordination of the Unit’s work by managing the livelihoods email account, SharePoint and calendar, providing logistical support for events/meetings, writing up minutes of meetings, following up on important action points to ensure their completion, and tracking engagement with external and internal partners. • Support the recruitment of Economic Inclusion and Livelihoods experts by managing the functional clearance process organizing written tests and interviews for shortlisted candidates and managing the database of applicants. • Support the functioning of the Poverty Alleviation Coalition, including creating monthly newsletters and blogposts, scoping best practices on the Graduation Approach for dissemination, and strengthening relationships with all coalition members. • Contribute to the post-GRF workplan and deliverables of the multistakeholder pledges on economic inclusion and social protection, and agriculture, food systems and food security. • Support specific areas of work including but not limited to financial inclusion, agriculture, entrepreneurship, wage employment, inclusion in the digital economy, labor mobility, MADE51, and administering Coursera for Refugees, to provide access to certified, online training for the persons we work with and for. • Assist in the various day-to-day tasks.

The intern will:

• Gain understanding and practical experience of livelihoods and economic inclusion approaches and programming for protection and solutions for refugees, other forcibly displaced, and stateless people; • Become familiar with and exposed to various areas of work of UNHCR and to global processes, such as the Global Compact on Refugees, relevant to protection and solutions; • Be exposed to different partner organizations and have an opportunity to build a network of contacts; • Acquire knowledge and skills related to project management in the context of forced displacement; • Enhance knowledge in various areas related to refugee protection and solutions through participation in training and other learning opportunities.

Essential minimum qualifications:

To be considered eligible for an internship, the applicant must: • Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization; and • Not have immediate relatives (father, mother, brother, or sister) working for UNHCR as a staff member on any contract type or as an affiliate at the time of application

Desirable qualifications and experience

• Recently graduated or pursuing a relevant advanced university degree in economics, development, entrepreneurship, food security, social science, or related field of study; • Excellent writing, editing and analytical skills; • Demonstrated skills in social media and online communications tools/platforms; • Demonstrated experience with project management; • Pro-active, effective team player, with strong interpersonal and communication skills, easily adaptable to a multi-cultural environment; • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; • Some previous experience working with humanitarian or development actors; • Academic background or experience working in the area of economic inclusion and livelihoods; • Excellent written and spoken English required, knowledge of another UN language an asset; • Demonstrated skills in relevant computer software; knowledge of database management and/or graphic design an advantage.


Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help cover the cost of insurance, food, local transportation and living expenses.Standard Job Description

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This position doesn't require a functional clearance Home-Based


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