Humanitarian and Fragile Context Branch (HFCB) - Intern

Contract Type: Internship
Closing date: 23 September 2017 - 5:00pm (New York time)
Duty station: New York

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension (minimum 2 days per week)
Where: Humanitarian and Fragile Context Branch (HFCB). The Intern will be expected to come to New York UNFPA office and may work remotely when necessary, in agreement with supervisor.
The Humanitarian and Fragile Context Branch (HFCB) is the core unit within UNFPA tasked with providing guidance and support to the organization on humanitarian programming and operations. UNFPA is seeking an intern to assist in guidance and support functions ranging from policy and standards development, providing assistance in emergency financing and operations, emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction, capacity building, and partnership-coordination.
Your Tasks and Responsibilities
  1. Assist in the formulation of trends analysis, including reporting on UNFPA’s humanitarian spending.
  2. Attend and assist in monthly meetings and prepare associated reports.
  3. Respond to requests from UNFPA’s Country and Regional offices with regards to humanitarian
  4. financing and emergency preparedness.
  5. Assist in monitoring World Humanitarian Summit outcome processes.
  6. Assist in the management of UNFPA’s surge activities.
  7. Undertake any other duties as requested by supervisor.
Your Qualifications and Experience
  1. Advanced university degree (M.A) in social sciences, international development, or related field, or active enrollment in a Master’s programme.
  2. A mix of qualitative and quantitative skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel.
  3. Field experience in humanitarian settings (preferred).
  4. Fluency in English, knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Your Supervisor:
The intern will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Humanitarian Specialist in HFCB. 
A work plan with key deliverable for the duration of the Internship and learning opportunities will be agreed upon. Regular meetings with Interns and close contact via email, discussing processes and work related outcomes will lead to a beneficial environment for the Intern.
Learning Elements
Upon completion of the assignment, and depending on its duration, the Intern should:
  1. Have an increased understanding of the UN system
  2. Understand UNFPA’s general mandate and policies, especially in humanitarian settings and emergency preparedness
  3. Have learned UNFPA technical language and working procedures
  4. Be able to write and formulate technical documents
  5. Have networked with partners, country and regional offices,
  6. Be able to work as a team member in a multicultural setting
Application Instructions
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Katie Madonia ( by September 23, 2017. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to candidates with immediate availability.

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