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
October 15, 2023
Terms of Reference
UNHCR and Global Appeals and Reports Section
UNHCR’s Global Appeals and Reports Section is the penholder to UNHCR’s two major publications – the Global Appeal and Global Report, and also produces/co-produces other reports and supplementary appeals. It also manages the Global Focus website, which is the main operational reporting website for donors and other key partners.
The Global Appeal is the primary fundraising tool for UNHCR to present its needs and funding requirements to its donors for the year to come in order to protect and improve the lives of tens of millions of people under its mandate – refugees, returnees, internally displaced people, stateless persons, and others of concern.
The Global report highlights the year’s achievements, as well as challenges faced by the organization and its partners, in attempting to respond to multiple life-threatening crises and ever-growing humanitarian needs.
The Section is working within the Division of External Relations and is in contact with all the Regional offices in the field and all the Divisions based in headquarters to produce these main publications.
The Global Appeal and the Global Report publications are published in both English and French language. The French versions need to be ready for printing within 1 month and half after their English version is released. Therefore, the Global Appeals and Reports Section is looking for a dynamic intern who will be able to assist the coordinator of the French versions to produce the publication of the Global Appeal 2024 in French, by reviewing the texts translated externally, editing them to reach a fluid translation but also faithful to the original English version. The intern will also assist in directly translating the financial tables and infographic elements of the printed publication into French. The ideal post-holder will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, have high level written skills in French and in English and the ability to work independently but also in close collaboration with the French coordinator who will guide him/her.
Key responsibilities will include:
1) Participate to the editing process of all the French translations done externally in Word for the Global Report 2022 print publication meaning:
• Ensure all texts have been translated.
• Use appropriate, readable and user-friendly language and eventually change the structure of sentences if needed in order to reach a smooth and fluid French translation, while remaining faithful to the original English version.
• Proofread the texts to avoid repetition, check grammar, syntax, punctuation and style.
• Verify the different expressions/acronyms/references to ensure consistency throughout the document using UN terminology and UNHCR usual French terminology used in previous reports.
• Check country names in French are the UN official ones in texts, tables and maps.
• Insert French acronyms only when existing in UNTERM and in consistency with previous appeals and reports.
• Check and research if hyperlinks to documents inserted in the English version exist in French version and replace as necessary.
• Translate as required financial tables in Excel and other infographics and ensure use of French format for all the figures.
2) Participate in the quality control process during the layout of the French printed version and ensure the layout is duplicating the English version as much as possible :
• verify all the visual elements are inserted and the right ones (icons, margin highlights, titles, subtitles, photo captions and credits, maps, text boxes, pagination, font size, type and color) and that their position and format are correct;
• participate to the proofreading of the different versions in PDF, inserting clear instructions on corrections to the Designer including for the final proofreading on hardcopies. This includes travel to the office of the printing company in charge of the layout and based in Geneva.
3) Any other responsibilities/functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the Chief of the Global Appeals and Reports Section.
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme 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.
NOTE: 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.
• The candidate must be interested in refugee and migrant issues and with external relation work and be familiar with UNHCR’s work and other humanitarian and development actors.
• Good knowledge of Word and Excel software.
• Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
• Required languages: Proficiency in English and French (minimum B2)
• Interest in humanitarian causes
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Effective in time management
• Organizational abilities
• Computer skills
The successful candidate will be based with the team in the Geneva Headquarters, Switzerland. Considering the work to be done in close collaboration with the French Coordinator and in particular the proofreading of the hard copies, the successful candidate will work from home but also in the office in Geneva to better benefit from the team’s knowledge and interact rapidly with her/his supervisor. In this respect, we would have a preference for recruiting someone who is already living and potentially studying in Geneva or around, to limit travel.
The internship is for two months and the start date is 1 November 2023 and the end date is 31 December 2023. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9.00am to 6:00pm.
Allowance: Interns based in Geneva who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive a monthly allowance to help cover their costs of food, local transportation and living expenses.
How to apply
Interested applicants should submit their application through www.unhcr.org/careers.html click on vacancies and search for JRXXXXX.
Tip: Please make your letter of interest personal. We want to know how you stand out from the crowd – what skills and energy would you bring and why would you like to work with the Global Appeals and Reports Section?
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, travelling, processing or training.
We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee or stateless background.
This position doesn’t require a functional clearance