Protection Internship at UN High Commission For Refugees Representation

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Representation Office in Nigeria invites application from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Protection Internship.

Protection Internship

Job ID: #1084641


  • Based in UNHCR Nigeria’s Abuja office, this internship offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in supporting the coordination of the protection response in the context of the humanitarian emergency situation in Nigeria.
  • It will provide insight and experience into the Protection Sector Working Group’s (PSWG) coordination approach and in the implementation of priority areas of protection interventions.


  • Perform all tasks necessary in the course of UNHCR’s role to co-lead the PSWG
  • Follow developments in the protection situation in Nigeria and provide analysis for protection activities taking place
  • Attend pertinent meetings, including meetings of the PSWG, Inter-Sector Working Group (ISWG) and Sub-Sector Working Groups, and provide briefing summaries
  • Prepare, draft and format documents, including analytical reports, presentations and communications as required
  • Perform other related duties, as required


  • University degree in law, international (humanitarian law), human rights or similar fields
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical abilities and research skills
  • Excellent inter-personals kills and interest to work particularly with NGOs
  • Strong attention to detail, proactive approach, ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle multiple tasks
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic administrative skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Understanding of humanitarian emergency response and cluster system
  • Experience working with internally displaced persons and in international law/humanitarian aid/human rights disciplines
  • Experience in Nigeria and/or in the region
  • Excellent information management skills

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV, motivation letter and P11 form to: nigab@unhcr.orgindicating “Protection Internship Application” in the subject line of the email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Click here to download P11 Form (Doc)


  • The selected intern will be expected to begin on September 1, 2015 and be available full time for 6 months.
  • Please note that the terms of internship as defined by UNHCR practice, preclude payment of any kind.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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