Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ETHICS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ETHICS
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: HQ Amman
Posting Period: 20 March 2023 - 02 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Ethics-UNRWA-204300-J- (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This internship is in the Ethics Office, United Nation Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in HQ Amman. The duration is for three months with a possible extension of maximum eleven months, depending on the needs of the department.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of Chief Ethics Office and in coordination with Ethics Office members.


Responsibilities of the internship position encompass the following aspects of Ethics Office's work.

These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
• Assist in the research and drafting of policy documents and guidance note Ethics-related issues.
• Coordinate policy and guidance document review processes by collecting and consolidating comments and incorporating feedback from the Chief of Ethics and Ethics officers.
• Assist in the development and/or review of Ethics Office training, informational or awareness raising materials.
• Assist in conducting relevant research and fact-finding in relation to issues of concern for the Ethics Office.
• Assist in conducting preliminary reviews and analysis of Protection against Retaliation complaints and assist in drafting responses.
• Assist in the coordination of stakeholder meetings and in taking accurate minutes and follow up actions.
• Provide debriefing and hand-over notes to Chief of Ethics at the end of the internship and
• Perform other duties as appropriate.


Excellent analytical and writing skills in English
Management skills including work planning
Communication and facilitation skills
Ability to work independently
Flexibility and adaptability (desirable)


To qualify for an internship with the UNRWA Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

1)Bachelor’s Degree in Law or equivalent
2) Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter, and Desirable Qualifications:
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in ethical issues and law or related fields
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
• Have a demonstrated ability in legal research and analysis and drafting legal opinions
• Have a demonstrated ability in research, drafting and summarizing reports, documents, and briefing notes
• Have a demonstrated interpersonal skill
• Have an excellent drafting, translation and communication skills
• Have a demonstrated ability in using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Design tools and software

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and Arabic are the working languages of UNRWA. For this internship, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.


Potential candidates will be contacted by the Hiring Manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

Interns are not financially remunerated by the UNRWA. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
•Degree Programme (What are you currently studying? Include any relevant course work in administrative law, labor and employment law and litigation.)
•Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme ?
•Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship, including any relevant internship or other experience.
•Explain your interest in the UNRWA Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work and academic experiences, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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