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Humanitarian Policy Intern

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NRC Geneva leads the Norwegian Refugee Council’s representation and activities in Geneva, especially with the IASC mechanisms, UN agencies and Swiss donors, and is leading on humanitarian policy globally. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in over 25 countries. NRC employs a rights based approach, challenging those with responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavours to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.

NRC, with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), advocates towards decision-makers at local, national, regional and global levels in order to obtain full respect for the rights of displaced and vulnerable people. Advocating with the United Nations, especially with protection mandated agencies, is a priority in order to strengthen humanitarian response. NRC seeks to engage with all relevant actors in order to secure and maintain access to displaced and vulnerable people, and promote the achievement of durable solutions. All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.

In 2020, NRC Geneva will continue its engagement in the following policy areas: protection, humanitarian principles, humanitarian financing, counterterrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE).

NRC Geneva requires an Intern to support NRC’s Humanitarian Policy Team. This position will support the NRC Geneva Director of Humanitarian Policy, the Communications and Advocacy Officer and the Senior Policy Advisors focused on protection. This will include, but is not limited to, support to NRC’s position as a driver of humanitarian policy development, and any events and workshops led by NRC Geneva. The Intern will be expected to work closely with other members of the Geneva humanitarian policy team to ensure the production of timely meeting minutes, preparatory documentation and draft reports.

A variety of activities and products are contemplated in this work such as round table discussions with humanitarian organisations and government representatives, and practical research products.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific responsibilities:

  • Draft reports, briefs, concept papers and media products.
  • Draft talking points, briefs, papers, updates and other material as required for representation by NRC staff and management.
  • Support the organization of roundtable discussions and public events.
  • Support on relevant donor reporting requirements.
  • Share relevant debates and research findings related to topics outlined above.
  • Identify common approaches and key opportunities for NRC on durable solutions.
  • Support NRC to ensure standardized tools, protocols and guidelines to assist operational offices with understanding and implementing programmes.

Additional activities will include:

  • Support to the Humanitarian Policy Team on other issues and concerns, including attending UN and other briefings, upon request.
  • Update country offices on relevant debates, events, and developments as related to their country operations.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Director/ Senior Humanitarian Policy Adviser, to include occasional reception coverage and other administrative duties.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, International Relations or a relevant field
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in French is an advantage
  • Proven research, analytical and documentation skills
Personal qualities
  • Self-starter and team player
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Analysis and drafting
  • Coping with change and multiple tasks
Start date, duration, working hours, eligibility
  • The intern will be expected to start September 2020. The internship position lasts for a period of six months;
  • The position is full-time, 40 hours per week;
  • Please note that for reasons related to the procedure for work permits in Switzerland, only candidates with a Swiss/EU/EFTA nationality or a valid work permit for Switzerland can be considered for this role (non-Swiss/EU/EFTA citizens must kindly provide proof of a valid working permit for Switzerland in their application);
  • Only applications received via NRC's recruitment platform Webcruiter will be accepted

How to Apply

Candidates should complete an NRC WebCruiter application including their CV and personal details.

Applications will only be accepted through the NRC recruitment platform.

Please note that for reasons related to the procedure for work permits in Switzerland, only candidates with an EU/EFTA nationality or a valid work permit for Geneva, Switzerland can be considered for this role.

We look forward to receiving your application.