UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s Washington Regional Office for the United States of America and the Caribbean seeks interns for its Information Communication Technology (ICT) Unit.
Information Communication Technology Unit based in Washington, DC
Position: ICT Intern
The role provides technical assistance to the UNHCR office under the overall supervision of the Senior Information Systems Associate to ensure that routine services and activities within the technology field are properly implemented. Subject to the nature of the assignment, he/she will receive regular guidance. As per specific instructions, the incumbent may require liaising with other internal or external entities, to ensure effective delivery of services and achievement of objectives. The nature of certain tasks requires discretion and confidentiality as per UNHCR standards and practices. The incumbent’s workload and the assignments will remain under the direction of the supervisor.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists in maintenance, upkeep and troubleshooting of ICT systems and equipment.
- Prepares reports as scheduled and special reports as required for inventory, budgeting, and analytics. Assists in requisitions of office equipment locally and abroad and arranges for control of distribution and maintenance of appropriate inventory needs.
- Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications and Experience:
While not being a formal requirement, any relevant experience will be taken into account in the selection of interns. Candidates should furthermore demonstrate the following skills:
- Analytical and drafting skills;
- Good oral communication skills;
- Knowledge of ICT standards;
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as within a team;
- Good time management skills;
- Good level of ICT proficiency, particularly with Microsoft, Cisco and Adobe products. Familiarity with databases and proficiency with website CMS and HTML preferred.
- Fluency in English required. Fluency in a second language, such as Spanish, French or Arabic preferred.
Interns will participate in a range of activities within the ICT and Admin Units. Intern will become familiar with the daily task of related matters in a large humanitarian organization. The overarching objectives of the internship – from the perspective of the intern – are (i) to gain a deeper knowledge of the work of UNHCR, as well as of the frameworks governing the organization’s interventions, rules and regulation and (ii) to practice and develop analysis skills and other professional working skills, such as project and time management, prioritization, team work, presentation skills, etc. The work of the interns is not confined to a single project as may be the case in other internships, since interns are involved in all aspects of our work. The engagement also includes some elements of routine (e.g. filling).
Timeframe & Schedule:
3 month internships (Fall, Spring or Summer terms); Part-time or Full-time
UNHCR Regional Office Washington, Washington DC, USA
Unfortunately UNHCR is not in a position to pay interns and to provide scholarships, living or moving stipends.
How to apply
Please send your complete applications, including your resume, cover letter with dates of availability, and a list of three professional references, to: ICT Unit Intern Coordinator, UNHCR, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036, or via email (preferred) at firstname.lastname@example.org and note in the subject line ICT Unit Internship.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. Since 1950, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people. For more information www.unhcr.org