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New York City

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

H (no hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate Type


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

December 30, 2023

Terms of Reference

NYO is fully apprised of all relevant information pertaining to its mandate arising in meetings and notices that fall within the fellow’s responsibilities.

Analysis of key developments and advice related to humanitarian, development, or regional files, feeding into updates provided to UNHCR HQ, regional bureaus, and country operations, to support operational effectiveness and inform UNHCR policies and positions.

External policies and planning processes related to humanitarian response or development action incorporate UNHCR concerns.


• Attend and report on assigned meetings in an expeditious and timely manner;

• Support UNHCR’s engagement with humanitarian, development, and other UN bodies and processes;
• Monitor, analyse, and report on key developments with relevant stakeholders and processes related to issues that may affect UNHCR's operations and activities, an update NYO and UNHCR HQ;
• Stay abreast of UNHCR’s global operations and policies and support engagement with relevant UNHCR HQ divisions and bureaus to ensure a smooth flow of information;
• Promote UNHCR’s objectives through participation in briefings and inter-agency meetings, with a view to report on policy development, priorities, and work programs of New York-based bodies and processes related to humanitarian response, human rights, development, peace, and security;
• Flag opportunities to enhance understanding of UNHCR’s mandate and operations amongst NY-based stakeholders;
• Make suggestions and provide inputs to ensure that UNHCR's interests and concerns are taken into account in the UN and inter-agency position papers and policy statements impacting UNHCR's operations and protection activities;
• Enable consistent and comprehensive UNHCR messaging and interventions through close collaboration across NYO Units, as well as UNHCR HQ and field;
• Follow and report on relevant negotiations of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions of import to UNHCR;
• Follow and report on high-level events, real-time Security Council briefings and inter-agency meetings and working groups;
• Conduct research and consultations on the topics of relevance and interest;
• Support participation of UNHCR in relevant international and bilateral fora in New York
• Assist in planning, coordinating, and carrying out public events organized by NYO.
Training components , research and learning elements

The fellow will complete the following obligatory on-line training courses:
1. Basic Security in the field (BSAFE)
2. UN Course on Prevention of Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority
3. Protection Induction Programme (PIP)
4. Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
5. ICT Information Security Awareness Advanced Training (InfoSec)
6. Fundamental of Fraud and Corruption Awareness

The fellow will have weekly meetings with his/her supervisor to reflect on experiences, questions, workload, and learning opportunities.

Through the daily work, the fellow will learn elements of UNHCR and UNHQ structure and processes. The learning elements result from the tasks the fellow carries out during the assignment, such as knowledge of UNHCR policies, the UN system, and its policies, particularly in relation to humanitarian, political, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, development, human rights, and rule of law issues, and from engagement with experienced staff members on the team.

The fellow will strengthen drafting and analytical skills, through reporting on meetings, events, and other engagements and developments; as well as presentation and negotiation skills, as the fellow will assist in advocating for the inclusion of UNHCR positions into UN policies.

The fellow will also develop research skills through more focused and in-depth study into specific thematic and geographic issues.

The fellow’s assignment provides an opportunity to develop political awareness and engage in professional networking at an international level. The fellow also can keep up with political and other country-related developments of direct relevance to her/his studies and potential future employment.
UNHCR will accommodate research requirements of fellowships, either by supporting a research proposal suggested by the fellow, or by suggesting research topics to the fellow. The topic will need to relate in a broad sense to UNHCR’s mandate and/or the specific role of UNHCR in the broader United Nations environment in New York. The fellow’s UNHCR supervisor will discuss research projects and tasks with the fellow and provide feedback and guidance.

Participate in:
• New York office weekly all staff meetings
• Weekly meetings with the supervisor
• Meetings with external partners, as necessary
• Refer inquiries encountered to relevant UNHCR staff members.

Desired Candidate Profile
• Must be a 2024-degree candidate or recent graduate from a university accredited by UNESCO.
• Degree in international relations, political sciences, law, or related field;
• Demonstrated commitment or strong interest in international relations, refugee issues, and humanitarian response;
• Fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficiency in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Teams.

Funding and medical insurance

• Selected candidates should be able to demonstrate a guaranteed funding source for the one-year period of the fellowship.
• Before the start of a fellowship with UNHCR, candidates are responsible for arranging medical insurance and for providing proof to UNHCR of valid medical insurance and for providing proof to UNHCR of valid medical insurance covering the period of the fellowship.
• UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected to the medical insurance of fellows, nor does the organization cover the costs for medical evacuation of fellows.

UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training, or any other fees).UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, or training.

We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee or stateless background.


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This position doesn't require a functional clearance
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