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UNHCR Representation in China

Terms of Reference

for Private Sector Partnerships Internship

Duration: 17 February 2021 – 13 August 2021

Location: Country Office Beijing (CO Beijing)

Deadline for applications: 25 January 2021

Background 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Refugee 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.

For over 70 years, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Its interventions in the areas of protection, shelter, health and education have been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.

The UNHCR Office in China was established in 1979. China has been party to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol since 1982, but the Government has not yet developed domestic asylum legislation. Therefore, UNHCR registers asylum seekers, conducts individual refugee status determination under its mandate and seeks durable solutions for refugees. UNHCR also strives to provide direct assistance to the refugee population in mainland China notably because refugees do not have access to Government subsidized services for health and social services. However, the assistance budget is limited and can only partially cover basic needs such as food, shelter, and prioritized medical care.

Recently the Government established the National Immigration Administration (NIA) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) to oversee all refugee-related matters. Its creation is expected to encourage the Government to consider a greater engagement in asylum and refugee protection.

Building public awareness on refugee issues and the work of UNHCR has been another core area of work for UNHCR Beijing Office, with the great contributions of the Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Yao Chen, and via the social media platform Weibo.

UNHCR will continue to endeavour working with all stakeholders in China to ensure persons of concern receive adequate protection and assistance as well as to seek durable solutions for refugees.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will work directly with the UNHCR office, under guidance and supervision of Admin focal person, and s/he will perform the following tasks:

  • Research and content support: Translate UNHCR media materials (press releases, statements, briefing notes, pamphlets and brochures), policy documents and reports from English to Chinese, and vice versa;
  • Social media creative content support: support on planning, copywriting and content production of wechat/weibo posts;
  • Campaigns support: provide timely and qualified assistance to resource mobilization campaigns online and offline;
  • Partnership support: support the development and maintenance of the partnership database, including prospects/donor information, update of engagement, meeting minutes and other related records.
  • Partner network support: support overall private sector cooperation action and search information of potential donors and partners;
  • Undertaking other duties as required by the Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications Required

  1. A recent graduate (completed studies within 1 year of applying for this internship) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university;
  2. Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in English language and literature, Translation Studies, Communication Studies, Business and Marketing, etc.;
  3. Fluent in English, proficiency in other languages i.e. French or Arabic is a plus;
  4. Firm commitment to a full-time internship of six months.

Other Requirements

Interns are required to complete mandatory UNHCR training before commencement of the internship.

Important

  • The aim of the internship is to provide professional experience in an international organization which is related to and supplements studies or interests in international relations, public international law or other related areas;
  • The internship provides an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural intergovernmental organization;
  • UNHCR will provide a food and transportation allowance for interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party.
  • The internship program is not connected with the recruitment process; nevertheless, UNHCR is willing to provide reference and a fair performance evaluation of the internship for his/her contribution to UNHCR’s work. 

Application Details

If you possess the above qualifications and are interested in the internship position, please submit your application with (I) Letter of Motivation, (ii) CV, and (iii) signed Personal History Form (available at <http://www.unhcr.org/hk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/10/UNHCR_Personal_History_Form_October-2017.zip>) by email to [email protected], and indicate in the subject line “Internship Application – PSP” by 25 January 2021.


Note:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only those short-listed for interviews will be notified and invited for written test and interview.