Internship Opportunity – UNHCR Rwanda



Vacancy Notice:19/HCR/KGL/VN/034

Post Number: Internship 1

Duty Station: Kigali

Category and Level: Internship

Closing date of application:2019-06-25

Duration of assignment: Initially 2 Months

Organizational Context

The United Nations General Assembly mandated theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure protection and multi-sectoral assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. The Government of Rwanda through its Ministry In charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) andUNHCR co-coordinate the refugee response for nearly 150,000 refugees, who live in six camps and urban areas. Across the country, five refugee camps have been established (Kigeme, Mugombwa, Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kiziba) in order to host refugees fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the mid-1990s; and in 2012-13 due to renewed insecurity in the Eastern part of the country. A sixth camp (Mahama) was established in April 2015 in order tohost the mass influx of Burundian refugees fleeing election-related violence inBurundi. A small number of refugees live in reception/transit centers pending their relocation to camps. Approximately 12,000 refugees reside in urban areas, mainly from Burundi, with a smaller population of Congolese and other nationalities.

The refugee camps are located on hilly sites, are overcrowded with high risk of deforestation, soil erosion and landslides resulting in the creation of gullies and ravines that are very costly to rehabilitate; shelter collapsing, household air pollution and pollution of water resources in the area.

For environmental protection, construction of drainage channels, rehabilitation/restoration of eroded gullies and planting of trees within and around the refugee camp settings are among the activities being implemented subject to the availability of resources. 


UNHCR recognizes the important contribution that interns make by bringing new ideas and perspectives to the organization, and seeks to ensure interns gain knowledge and practical experience related to their academic studies.  Under the supervision of Associate Energy/EnvironmentOfficer, the intern will;

  • Assist in monitoring the Environment activities under implementation in different camps and reception centers by UNHCR or Partners;
  • Assist in compilation of the data from Field Offices, Partners and contractors on Energy/Environment indicators on a monthly basis.
  • Assist in documentation of successful Energy/Environment initiatives/ activities in the field.
  • Participate in evaluation and options appraisal of projects in the Energy/Environment sector with the aim to improve performance and service delivery.
  • Endeavor to gain experience and understanding of UNHCR policies and strategy for energy/Environment;
  • Depending on the stage of project implementation, the intern may be assigned research, analysis, design, development, testing, training, user support, or outreaching work.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor

At the end of the internship, the intern will prepare one comprehensive qualitative report inclusive of key assignments delivered, key learnings and challenges.


  • The purpose of internships is not to lead to further employment with UNHCR (no regular appointment can be granted for 6-month after completion of internship) but to complement an intern’s studies.

Minimum Qualification

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Be a recent graduate 2 or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school program from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field-relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.

Desirable Qualification and Competencies

  • Communication and computer skills.
  • Excellent drafting skills as well as translation and interpreting skills.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge French is desirable.

Operational Context

  • Interns may not represent UNHCR in any official capacity.
  • Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution. However, UNHCR will help with the visa application if applicable and advise accordingly.
  • Interns are not subject to UN security evacuation procedures but may be assisted to leave the country when possible and to the extent feasible and on the reimbursable basis.
  • UNHCR accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. As interns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should not travel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNHCR.
  • Interns are fully responsible for arranging medical insurance covering the full internship period. UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected to medical insurance of interns. A copy of proof of a valid medical insurance covering the period of the contract is required by UNHCR. UNHCR does not cover the costs of medical evacuation of interns; therefore, interns working in locations where medical facilities are inadequate are advised to ensure that their medical insurance covers emergency medical evacuation. Furthermore, the health insurance selected by interns should provide the necessary geographical coverage for both accident and illness.
  • Interns do not undertake official Travel. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 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). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage of this process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service (


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