UN High Commissioner for Refugees Graduate Internship Programme 2017

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Representation Office in Nigeria
invites application from suitably qualified candidates to fill the
position whose particulars are given below:

Job Title: Protection Internship


  • Based in UNHCR Nigeria’s Abuja office, this internship offers a
    unique opportunity to gain experience in supporting UNHCR’s protection
    response in the context of the humanitarian emergency situation in North
    East Nigeria.
  • It will provide insight and experience into the implementation
    of UNHCR protection interventions in priority areas and its leadership
    role coordinating the Protection Sector Working Group (PSWG).


  • Follow developments in the protection situation in the North
    East Nigeria and provide analysis for protection activities taking place
  • Draft or provide inputs to all necessary documents including reports, strategies, letters and speeches, etc.
  • Assist the Protection Team with development of, monitoring and reporting on protection activities, including trainings
  • Assist UNHCR in its role as co-lead of the PSWG, including by
    supporting the Secretariat, attending pertinent meetings (including
    meetings Sub-Sector Working Groups and other Sectors) and providing
    briefing summaries
  • Perform other related duties, as required


  • University degree in Law, International (Humanitarian/Human Rights) Law, Human Rights or similar fields
  • Strong attention to detail, proactive approach, ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle multiple tasks
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic administrative skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical abilities and research skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and interest to work particularly with NGOs and government institutions

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Understanding of humanitarian emergency response and cluster system
  • Readiness to work with internally displaced persons, refugees and in humanitarian aid/international law/human rights disciplines
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General Conditions

  • Interns are not financially remunerated by UNHCR. Costs and
    arrangements for travel including travel arrangements to and from the
    location where the internship will be carried out, visas, accommodation
    and living expenses are the responsibilities of interns or their
    sponsoring institutions.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should email their CV’s, motivation letter and completed P11 Form below to: niglahr@unhcr.org indicating “Protection Internship Application” in the subject line of the email.

Click here to download P11 Form (Doc)


  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be
    considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY
    successful candidates will be contacted.
  • The selected intern will be expected to begin on 19 June 2017 and be available full time for 6 months.
Application Deadline 28th May 2017.

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