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Inter-Agency/External Relations Intern


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Bratislava
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed

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

September 29, 2023

Terms of Reference

Title: Inter-Agency/External Relations Intern
Duty Station: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Duration: 4 months, with possibility for extension
Contract Type: Internship
Start date: as soon as possible

Organizational context:

Established in December 1950, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

UNHCR re-opened its Office in Slovakia in 2022 at the request of the Government, in response to the Ukraine Crisis. UNHCR works in close coordination with State entities, including local and municipal authorities, UN agencies, and national partners. UNHCR's National Office in the Slovak Republic is located in Bratislava as part of the UNHCR Representation for Central Europe based in Budapest, Hungary. A Field Office has also opened in Kosice, east Slovakia.

The Intern will be based in Bratislava, Slovakia working within the Inter-agency/External Relations Unit. UNHCR's workplace is dynamic, inclusive and diverse, with international and national staff, and offering opportunities which contribute to professional growth and development.

Under the overall supervision of the Inter-agency Coordination Officer, and working closely with the Assistant External Relations Officer, the Intern will assist in leading the narrative about the protection needs of those forced to flee from their homes, including, but not only, refugees from Ukraine; generating empathy for and solidarity with people forced to flee, and particularly for refugees from Ukraine in Slovakia; building relationships with partners and other stakeholders to improve the protection environment across Slovakia.

The position:

As a member of the Inter-agency/External Relations Unit, the Intern will report directly to the Inter-agency Coordination Officer, will work closely with the Assistant External Relations Officer and will have regular contacts within the office and with the Multi-Country Office, assisting in the inter-agency, external and donor relations, as well as communication activities of the Office.
Under the supervision of the manager, the Intern will provide support in broadening the Office’s engagement with external audiences, partners, and other stakeholders. To fulfil this role, the Intern may be required to perform duties also outside the office e.g. during public events.

Duties and responsibilities:

• Support the drafting of information materials including various thematic reports, fact sheets, information brochures, newsletters, and other information material,
as required.
• Assist in designing visibility products including posters, banners, and other products, as required.
• Support the organization of events and liaise with various counterparts
on implementation.
• Support the organization of UNHCR senior management, donor, inter-agency or media meetings and visits to the projects.
• Assist in creating content for the country website.
• Assist in creating content for social media.
• Support the monitoring of articles in national media that pertain to refugee-related issues and to the work of the office.
• Assist in drafting and translating routine correspondence and texts.
• Perform other related duties as required.

In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within two years
of applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by IAU/UNESCO; and
• Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant
or of interest to the work of UNHCR.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.

Language requirements:

• English – advanced, required,
• Slovak – native level, required.
• Knowledge of any other official UN language would be an asset.

Desirable qualifications and skills:

• Excellent written and verbal communication as well as research and interpersonal skills in both English and Slovak;
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (intermediate) and basic administrative skills;
• Experience working with diverse people and cultural awareness;
• Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple tasks;
• Showing a genuine interest in learning and adapting;
• Experience in public relations, communications, social media, cultural and/or sport activities and events;
• Prior work experience, including as a volunteer, in terms of protection and human rights, especially with refugees and other vulnerable groups


It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.00am to 17:00pm Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch break (40 hours per week). The successful candidate will be assigned to support the team based in Bratislava, Slovakia.


Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.

The expected amount of the allowance is EUR 625/month.

Additional information:

Candidates must be legally present in the Slovak Republic at the time of application, recruitment and hire.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

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


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