Title of Post: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT INTERN Vacancy Notice: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/034 Post Number Intership1
Duty Station: Kigali Category and Level: Intership 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 andmulti-sectoral assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. The Government ofRwanda through its Ministry In charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) andUNHCR co-coordinate the refugee response for nearly 150,000 refugees, who livein six camps and urban areas. Across the country, five refugee camps have beenestablished (Kigeme, Mugombwa, Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kiziba) in order to hostrefugees fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) inthe mid-1990s; and in 2012-13 due to renewed insecurity in the Eastern part ofthe 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 pendingtheir relocation to camps. Approximately 12,000 refugees reside in urban areas,mainly from Burundi, with a smaller population of Congolese and othernationalities.

The refugee camps are located on hilly sites, are overcrowdedwith high risk of deforestation, soil erosion and landslides resulting in thecreation of gullies and ravines that are very costly to rehabilitate; shelterscollapsing, household air pollution and pollution of water resources in thearea.

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



UNHCRrecognises the important contribution that interns make by bringing new ideasand perspectives to the organisation, and seeks to ensure interns gainknowledge and practical experience related to their academic studies.  Under the supervision of Associate Energy/EnvironmentOfficer, the intern will;


  • Assist inmonitoring the Environment activities under implementation in different campsand reception centres by UNHCR or Partners;

  • Assist incompilation of the data from Field Offices, Partners and contractors on Energy/Environmentindicators on monthly basis.

  • Assist in documentationof successful Energy/Environment initiatives/ activities in the field.

  • Participatein evaluation and options appraisal of projects in the Energy/Environmentsector with the aim to improve performance and service delivery.

  • Endeavour togain experience and understanding of UNHCR policies and strategy forEnergy/Environment;

  • Depending onthe stage of project implementation, the intern may be assigned research,analysis, design, development, testing, training, user support, or outreachingwork.

  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor

  • At the end of the internship, theintern will prepare one comprehensive qualitative report inclusive of keyassignments 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 consideredeligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Be a recent graduate 2 or current student in a graduate/undergraduateschool programme from a university or higher education facility accredited byUNESCO; and

  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a fieldrelevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.

Desirable Qualification and Competencies

  • Communicationand computer skills.

  • Excellentdrafting skills as well as translation and interpreting skills.

  • Fluency inEnglish and working knowledge French is desirable.

Operational Context

  • Internsmay not represent UNHCR in any official capacity.

  • Costsand arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are theresponsibility of the intern or his/her sponsoring institution. However, UNHCRwill help with the visa application if applicable and advise accordingly.

  • Internsare not subject to UN security evacuation procedures but may be assisted toleave the country when possible and to the extent feasible, and on areimbursable basis.

  • UNHCRaccepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the intern orcosts arising from accidents and illness incurred during an internship. Asinterns are not covered under any insurance, including MAIP, they should nottravel to hazardous locations in the course of their internship with UNHCR.

  • Internsare fully responsible for arranging medical insurance covering the fullinternship period. UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected tomedical insurance of interns. A copy of proof of a valid medical insurancecovering the period of the contract is required by UNHCR. UNHCR does not coverthe costs of medical evacuation of interns; therefore, interns working inlocations where medical facilities are inadequate are advised to ensure thattheir medical insurance covers emergency medical evacuation. Furthermore, thehealth insurance selected by interns should provide the necessary geographicalcoverage for both accident and illness.

  • Internsdo not undertake official Travel.

    Shortlisted candidates maybe required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Nolate applications will be accepted.

    UNHCR is committed todiversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless ofdisability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colouror ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

    UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of therecruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training orany other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage ofthis process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service (inspector@unhcr.org

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