CALL FOR APPLICATIONS-UNHCR -Public Information Intern -Ecuador
Post: Public Information Intern Duty Station: Quito, Ecuador Duration of the internship: 5-6 months (February / March 2012- August 2012)
Deadline for application: 21st of January 2012
1) What is the UNHCR?
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons. 2) The UNHCR’s mission in Ecuador Ecuador has the largest refugee population in Latin America, with some 54,965 registered refugees. These numbers are up from only a few hundred in the year 2000, but they represent only a fraction of today's population of concern. Under-registration, lack of documentation, unequal access to rights are major challenges for the operation as well as discrimination against refugees. Approximately, 98% of the recognized refugees are Colombian citizens who left their country in the last few years due to the aggravation of the internal conflict. Colombia shares a 600-kilometer border with Ecuador, stretching from the western Pacific Coast to the Amazonian jungle in the east. The bordering regions of Nariño, Putumayo and Amazonas are among the worst affected by the internal armed conflict in Colombia. The situation at the border is tense, leading to repeated security incidents that have a strong impact on refugees and internally displaced people on both sides. 3) The Public Information Unit’s Strategy in Ecuador
Objectives • Contribute to the reduction of discrimination in the country. • Promote a better understanding of the refugee situation in the country. • Develop and strengthen new alliances with media outlets and public opinion leaders. Main implemented activities • Developing information & communication materials • Supporting specific local projects with media • National and local campaigns praising non-discrimination, cooperation and integration • Workshops and meetings with journalists and Governmental representatives all over the country • Implementing events to raise awareness about the situation of refugees in the country. Work description As an intern, you will be based in Quito, in the UNHCR-Ecuador’s National Office. Although the Public Information (PI) Unit is, in size, fairly small, working opportunities are immense, ranging from the development of anti-discrimination campaigns/activities to articles about the refugees situation, as well as coping with administrative tasks under the supervision of the PI officer. It will also allow you to be part of a motivated, energetic and experienced team, stemming from various backgrounds and willing to fulfill its mission in order to allow every refugee to rebuild its life.
Note: this is an unpaid internship
Minimum requirements - Excellent English and Spanish skills - Excellent writing skills - Dedicated team worker - Strong interest in refugees’ issues - Student OR BA in Communication, Marketing, Journalism, Political Sciences, International Relations or any field related area
Application process and further information The candidate should be able to provide: - Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Letter of Motivation - Letter of Recommendation All of which in English.
Please note that only the selected candidate(s) will be contacted for possible inter
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