UNHCR Humanitarian and Development Fellowship in New York, USA: APPLY NOW!

UNHCR Fellowship

Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date : December 30, 2023

location: USA

UNHCR Fellowship Program Terms of Reference

The UNHCR Fellowship includes 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.

UNHCR Fellowship Responsibilities

• 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, analyze, 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 reporting 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, 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 forums in New York
• Assist in planning, coordinating, and carrying out public events organized by NYO.
Training components, research, and learning elements

The UNHCR fellow will complete the following obligatory online 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. Fundamentals Fraud and Corruption Awareness

The UNHCR fellow will have weekly meetings with his or 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 UNHCR 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 in UN policies.

The UNHCR fellow will also develop research skills through more focused and in-depth study of 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 can also keep up with political and other country-related developments of direct relevance to her or his studies and potential future employment.
UNHCR will accommodate the 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.

UNHCR Fellowship 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.

UNHCR Fellowship 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

UNHCR Fellowship 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.

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

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