Shelter and Settlements Internship

JOB from International Organization for Migration

Closing date: 13 Nov 2016

Job ID:#1763256

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Organization: International Organization for Migration

Theme: Shelter and Non-Food Items

Job years of experience: 0-3 years

Job type: Internship

Organizational Context and Scope
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental
organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM has played a major role in humanitarian shelter operations for many decades. IOM’s unique position as an intergovernmental organization allows it to work at scale in both natural disasters and conflict / complex contexts. In this capacity IOM works in both operations and coordination, and plays a strong role working with partners in support of national authorities. Since 2005, IOM has implemented Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI) projects in more than 40 countries.
Over the course of 2015, IOM’s Shelter and NFI programmes reached over 5.2 million individuals affected by various types of disasters, working in 40 countries overall. Additionally, IOM had a significant coordination role under both formally activated clusters and in country shelter coordination mechanisms in 20 countries. IOM also takes an active role in the Global Shelter Cluster and the shelter sector at the global level.

Under the direct supervision of the IOM Shelter and Settlements expert, and in accordance with the overall direction of the Head of the Preparedness and Response Division, the intern will focus on supporting the Shelter and Settlements Team, IOM operations worldwide and other partners working in the shelter and settlements sector by helping through the duties and responsibilities detailed below.

Personal Development
The incumbent will acquire practical insights into the shelter and settlements sector and the cluster system, and will gain in-site experience working in an international multi-cultural environment, with an intergovernmental organization.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Support in the content development and final graphical production of tools, documents and if required audiovisual presentations relating to shelter and settlements.

  • Support global capacity building efforts within Shelter and Settlements.

  • Provide assistance in drafting project/programme proposals according to IOM and donor formats, as well as policies and tools for IOM shelter programme staff.

  • Liaise with IOM’s field colleagues, donors and partners on relevant shelter issues, tools and initiatives.

  • Develop best practices and lessons learned, and define platforms for the comparison of experiences and contributions to policy, innovation, and strategic thinking.

  • Assist the shelter team in the development of humanitarian strategies and resources, including database maintenance and information management.

  • Support the capturing, storing and sharing of humanitarian knowledge; analyse information received from IOM’s field offices.

  • Generate a number of relevant documents for IOM’s field offices and Shelter Cluster stakeholders.

  • Perform such duties as may be assigned by the direct supervisor or Head of PRD.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong and demonstrable interest in shelter and settlements in humanitarian response and recovery.

  • Advanced degree from an accredited academic institution in a field of study related to shelter and settlements, urban planning, architecture or other relevant social sciences (e.g. humanitarian affairs, development studies, political science, international relations or a related field), or the equivalent combination of humanitarian and construction related work experience in a related area.

  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills.

  • Excellent design skills, including relevant software (for example, Adobe Creative Suite), or potentially web based presentation skills.

  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written); good knowledge of oral and written French is preferred; knowledge of other languages (e.g. Spanish, Arabic) is an asset.

  • Demonstrated expertise and prior experience in working on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) issues is an asset.

  • Personal commitment, results focused, efficiency, flexibility; ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a team.


Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English; good knowledge of French is preferred; working knowledge of Spanish and/or Arabic is advantageous.



Interested candidates should send: CV, Covering letter, and sample of writing

To: before midnight (CET) 13/11/2016.

Subject line: Shelter and Settlements Internship – Name of candidate

Due to large numbers of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email before 25/11/2016.

Source: Relief Web

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Deadline/closing date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2016