Internship Opportunity At UNHCR

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Number of positions : 1

Duty Station: Kigali

Closing date of application: 2019-03-15

Duration of assignment: 6 months

Organizational Context

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and coordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.


UNHCR is looking for a dynamic and creative Communications Intern to support us in our Innovation Service and Community-Based Protection. We are looking for someone who enjoys story-telling, enhancing multiple ways of communicating with different audiences, including refugees and host communities, as well as and strengthening ways for people of all age, gender and diversity groups to provide feedback to the organization, accessing information and participate in recreational and educational activities in the newly established Community Centre in Kigali. The intern will be working with the UNHCR Community-Based Protection Team in Kigali, to help develop and conduct an information and communication assessment in the refugee community.

The intern will need to be proactive in engaging with multiple stakeholders and assist us in the further development of community feedback tools, support enhancing general community engagement and in the effective activation of the Community Centre. As a member of UNHCR’s Innovation Service and the Community-Based Protection Team, the intern will adopt a values-based approach to innovation; we are looking for an intern who brings adaptability, transparency, humility, an eagerness to learn to their work and who will apply UNHCR’s Age, Gender and Diversity Policy, as well as the principles of Accountability to Affected Populations.

Under the direct supervision of Associate Protection Officer (CBP), the intern will support with the following tasks:


  • Assisting in the organization of a training in communication and assessment methodologies, with multiple stakeholders;
  • Co-designing assessment methodology for a community based information and communications assessment, with multiple stakeholders;
  • Administering a survey using Kobo-Toolbox;
  • Supporting the Innovation Service in creating non-traditional approaches to storytelling and narratives;
  • Assist in applying a science-driven framework to UNHCR’s communication work and creating compelling stories to build understanding and engagement for innovation in the humanitarian sector. Developing storyboards and using their creativity to understand diverse ways of telling stories;
  • Identify gaps in communication and feedback mechanisms in the refugee community and other persons of concern;
  • Support UNHCR, its implementing partners in collaboration with community mobilizers in the activation of the Community Centre in Kigali with a focus on identifying and setting up effective mechanisms to reach out to persons of concern of all age, gender and diversity groups and to ensure their participation in the design and roll out of activities in the center;
  • Regular meetings with UNHCR’s Community-Based Protection Team in Kigali
    Weekly remote meetings with the UNHCR innovation teams based in Nairobi and Geneva;
  • Independently carrying out tasks as set out by the supervisor
    Other duties and tasks by supervisor.



  • Be a graduate or beyond 60 competencies in BA Communication
  • Multimedia experience in photography, film and audio would be desirable
  • Interest in the field of communication and a desire to apply their degree in their everyday environment
  • Consistent demonstration of UNHCR Values
  • Shouldn’t have other paid employment (unless willing to leave if hired for this position)
  • Respect UNHCR’s guidelines on confidentiality, UNHCR Code of Conduct and other UNHCR policies related to non-discrimination, Age, Gender and Diversity,
  • Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and fraud
    Desirable Qualification and Competencies–Operational Context

Status and insurance

The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNHCR (no regular appointment can be granted for 6-month after completion of internship) but to complement an intern’s studies.

Please think about your six month plan before applying and any other commitments you might have as this internship will be a full time positions. Reach out to your academic advisor’s if you’d like some help with this.

If you are interested in the position, please fill this form by Friday, March 15th at 5pm.