External Relations Assistant

negotiable / YEAR Expired 1 month ago
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Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate Type

CONTR Local Entry and Mid-Level Support

Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

May 23, 2024

Terms of Reference

UNHCR Multi Country Office (MCO) in Saudi Arabia covers KSA, Bahrain and Oman. UNHCR’s strategic objective in these countries revolves around fostering strong partnerships with local governments, private sector and civil society with the aim to enhance advocacy, create empathy and mobilize resources to support the humanitarian response to the forcibly displaced.

This project staff will support the achievement and implementation of MCO’s strategic objectives as outlined in the strategic planning documents for the office. The incumbent will stay abreast of political and policy changes and developments in a way to enhance the office’s external relations efforts; as well as the challenges posed by the political context, the UN and humanitarian reform, and institutional developments in the area of forced displacement and humanitarian operations. This project primarily aims to ensure constant visibility and advocacy vis-à-vis main government stakeholders through maximizing their access to information and enhancing their engagement. This requires a dedicated staff member to ensure collection, streamlining and dissemination of proposals, concept notes and briefing material as well as to guarantee UNHCR’s involvement in the various events and initiatives taking place in KSA.

The External Relations Unit is primarily responsible for relations with the government and for mobilizing public, political and financial support for UNHCR. It is also tasked with maintaining relations with partners in the UN system and the NGO sector. It seeks to provide donors with a clear understanding of UNHCR’s objectives and resource requirements; and assists the Field and Headquarters to generate the information needed for this purpose.

Terms of reference:

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the External Relations officer, the ER intern will support with the following:

• Monitor UNHCR reports and situation updates and extract highlights for internal and external briefing updates.
• Coordinate with relevant operations for drafting and shaping concept notes, proposals, and progress reports.
• Monitor political, policy, societal and economic developments to identify trends and partnership prospects.
• Monitor events planned in KSA and ensure early involvement and participation of UNHCR as needed.
• Assist in organising meetings and briefings by preparing relevant research and materials and following up on outcomes and action points execution.

Essential qualifications and professional experience required:
• Fluent Arabic and English spoken and written skills.
• Excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal skills.
• Familiarity with Saudi government, public, civil society and media institutions.
• Familiarity Awareness of humanitarian affairs
• Attention to detail and a results-oriented team player.

• The successful candidate will be based with the team in Riyadh. Our Office is in the Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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