UNHCR’s Partnership and Coordination Service is looking for an intern with a wide range of skills and a strong interest in the mission of the organization to support the work to join their Sport Coordination Section. Deadline: 24 January 2023.

Organizational context

UNHCR’s Partnership and Coordination Service (PCS) is responsible for ensuring UNHCR approaches partnerships in a strategic and coherent manner. The Service provides support to regional and country offices on relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, sports organizations, advocacy partners and others and ensures that UNHCR exercises effective field leadership and coordination in line with its mandate and agreed frameworks. Located in Geneva, PCS comprises the Inter-Agency and Coordination Section (IACS), the NGO and Civil Society Section, and the Sport Section.

The incumbent will be part of the Sport Coordination Section, which works to provide guidance and support on the use of sport as a tool for protection and development in forced displacement situations, as well as identifying and nurturing sport partnerships and programme opportunities that benefit the people, children and youth in particular, that UNHCR serves.

The position

UNHCR is looking for individuals with a wide range of skills and a strong interest in the mission of the organization to support our work. The incumbent will work under the overall responsibility of the Senior Refugee Sport Coordinator.

Duties and responsibilities

  • To support the team in roll-out of the UNHCR sport strategy
  • To support the team’s efforts on outreach to and communication with sport partners including coordinating meetings and producing meeting minutes and briefing notes
  • To support the work of the Sport Coordination Team in relation to its role as Co-convenor of the Sport for Refugees Coalition in the run up to the Global Refugee Forum in December 2023
  • To conduct media monitoring and produce a weekly update on sports initiatives for /with refugees/displaced communities globally
  • To update internal communication sites and support the knowledge sharing within the organization around sports
  • To support the use of CRM tools such as Salesforce to manage the data and information around sport partners
  • To produce other materials, as required, related to the sport for protection approach and the use of sport as a tool for protection
  • To support the broader PCS team during meetings and events
  • To undertake any other tasks as required


To be considered for an internship, candidates 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 to, or of interest to, the work of the organization
  • 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

*Recent graduates are considered to be candidates who completed their studies within two years of applying for an internship with UNHCR.

Other essential criteria/skills:

  • Strong interest in the humanitarian cause
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills - both orally and in writing
  • Experience preparing briefs, presentations and communication materials
  • Strong computer skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365
  • Research, analysis and information management skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Discretion
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Effective time management
  • Strong organizational abilities

Candidates should also:

  • Have a strong interest in sport for development and peace, communication and advocacy, humanitarian, development or external relations work
  • Have an interest in issues related to child/youth development
  • Have some experience with Photo/video editing tools, Adobe InDesign (or other graphics design software), Salesforce and/or an interest in learning new software packages as required


The internship is for six months and the start date is 6 Feb 2023. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).


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

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing or training.


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