UNRWA offers internship

UNRWA Representive Office to the European Union Internship  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 15 Mai 2017

Job Description

EU Affairs Intern


UNRWA is the largest United Nations agency operating in the Middle East and provides education, health, social services, and humanitarian aid to some 5 million Palestine refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The UNRWA Representative Office to the EU works at the cross roads of advocacy, communication and visibility. The small dynamic team wants to achieve a better understanding of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees within the EU. For this we work closely with the different EU institutions (the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission services (NEAR, DEVCO and ECHO), as well as with EU member states.

To help us in this we are looking for an EU Affairs Intern to join our well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 6-month full-time voluntary internship.

The internship will focus on supporting the daily work of a multicultural team of experts. This includes back up support and research into EU and Member States policy of relevance to UNRWA programs / projects, and monitoring developments related to the Middle East. We offer full exposure to our inter-disciplinary and multi-facetted subjects and full integration in our highly-motivated team. You will leave having gained hands-on deep in- and oversight of how the EU is ticking. We therefore look for a motivated individual who wants to complement his/her academic knowledge with a reality check on EU policy implementation, internal and external awareness raising, fundraising, communication and visibility events: all this as issue driven work on Palestine refugees.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in gathering and updating of information and contacts related to the EU Institutions, EU Member States and other sources.
  • Screening of EU Institutions and Member States foreign policy developments related to the Middle East in general and Palestine refugees in particular.
  • Drafting of bi-weekly internal EU newsletters.
  • Assisting with the follow-up and updating various donor countries profiles.
  • Attending conferences, meetings and other events relevant to UNRWA and reporting back.
  • Supporting advocacy activities towards European Institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of substantive background documents.
  • Assisting with general requests for information pertaining to Palestine refugees.
  • Assisting with updating the office contact database and other general office tasks.
  • Assisting on an ad hoc basis with communication and EU visibility activities.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s desirable) in a relevant field such as European Studies, Political Science, International Relations (preferably with a focus on European Affairs and Palestinian/Middle Eastern issues).
  • Understanding of the EU decision-making processes and foreign policy and/or prior experience working on EU related matters.
  • Excellent command of English; additional language(s) such as French, Dutch, German or other EU official language are an important asset.
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing) and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and databases.
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.
  • Availability and commitment to a 6-month internship up to February 2018.

Remuneration: Unpaid

How to apply:

Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: Ms. Nathalie Stanus: brusselsoffice_internships@unrwa.org by 31 May 2017, with the subject “EU Affairs Intern”. Interviews are scheduled to take place around mid-June. The projected starting date of the internship is 28 August 2017.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to each individual candidate. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Information:

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff is expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff members are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.

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