Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Intern

Closing date


Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Intern,

Private Sector Partnerships Service, Division of External Relations (DER), UNHCR Copenhagen

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering an Internship position within the Private Sector Partnerships Service in our Copenhagen Headquarters in Denmark.

This exciting internship is a unique opportunity to gain experience in private sector partnership management within UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Service and support UNHCR’s work around the world.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR teams are in the field in 130 countries, using their expertise to protect and care for millions of people.

Vacancy No: CPH/VN/2021/020

Title: PSP Intern

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Duration: Six months

Contract Type: Internship

Closing date: 12 May 2021 (midnight Copenhagen)

Start date: 15 June 2021

Organisational Context

UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP) supports UNHCR’s fast-growing global collaboration with the private sector through its network in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Gulf region, and Africa. Within PSP, the Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Section (PPH) engages corporations, private foundations and individual philanthropists. The Corporate & Shared Value Partnerships (CSVP) Unit based between Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark is a key section that supports Regional and Market teams across the world develop relationships with Private Sector partners both through traditional fundraising approaches and non-traditional forms of collaboration beyond fundraising alone.

We aim to work with business not only to bring in funding and in-kind technology support through a needs base lens, but also to advocate for and advance refugees’ rights, to promote refugees’ economic and financial inclusion, to increase refugees’ access to and uptake of products and services that they require, to stimulate private sector investment in refugee-hosting areas, to achieve cost efficiencies, and to foster innovation.

The Position

We are looking for a proactive individual to complete a six-month internship assisting UNHCR’s Corporate and Shared Value team in Copenhagen, Denmark. The internship offers an opportunity to help UNHCR build partnerships with the private sector, in particular corporations that have expertise or an interest in technology to support a number of critical units and key interventions globally.

Based on their profile, the intern will contribute to a number of new and ongoing projects, and will interact with UNHCR colleagues in Copenhagen, Geneva, and other locations around the world. Therefore, we seek an adaptable, dynamic and energetic individual, with excellent communication skills, a strong interest in refugee issues, and an interest in leveraging the private sector’s influence, reach, expertise and assets, to advance refugee protection and self-reliance.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Support the management of UNHCR’s partnership with key technology partners, including drafting background materials, organizing meetings, etc.

• Perform online desk research looking at partnership opportunities across the “Tech sector” including identifying key corporates that “match” with the technical needs of UNHCR and identify new opportunities within the sector.

• Draft/update fact sheets and other materials about key partners and prospects.

• Assist with preparing concept notes, proposals, pitch decks, briefing notes, and talking points.

• Help maintain accurate records of partnership activities.

• Carry out media monitoring of key partners and prospects.

• Support the team in Copenhagen to develop ideas and concepts relating to technology applications with key internal units such as the Innovation Service, Global Data Service and the Department of Information Systems and Telecommunications (DIST) including developing early-stage concepts and ideas for business case feasibility, conducting analysis and market research where needed.

• Support the unit with monitoring and providing updates on the latest tech trends across a broad range of areas

• Help manage the team’s SharePoint and Microsoft Teams sites, identifying and posting relevant content, both internally and externally where required.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required

Education **

• Be a recent graduate (completed studies within one year of applying to this internship) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school program from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO.

• Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in the field of international relations, business administration, Science (or STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or similar. A degree and/or relevant experience in business development, or combinations of technology related thematic content in conjunction with a business perspective would be desirable.

Language **

• Fluency written and spoken in English is required.

• Fluency in another official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.

Required competencies **

• Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, SharePoint)

• Excellent communication skills

• Planning and organizing competencies, with ability to multitask and prioritize workload

• Strong analytical skills

• Strong writing and editing skills

• Strong interpersonal skills

Desirable but not essential

• Experience working in an international environment **

• Experience in event management - particularly virtual events

• Exposure to UN system or the non-profit sector and knowledge about international humanitarian work

• Demonstrated interest in partnerships between the non-profit and private sectors

Location and Conditions

The successful candidate will be based with the team in the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The internship is for six months and it is a full-time role from Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

The start date is to be determined in accordance with the measures adopted by the Danish government and guidance of UNHCR regarding the COVID-19 situation. Depending on the circumstances, there is a possibility the successful candidate will perform certain duties remotely and/or from at home.

Obtaining and renewing current visas and residence permits including all associated costs, are the responsibility of the intern.

Please note that the terms of internship, as defined by UNHCR practice, include the payment of a Food and Local Transportation Allowance (FLTA). In case the intern is sponsored by another source during the internship this will be deducted from the FLTA.

The written test might be included in the selection process.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply online through the MSRP Portal with a Letter of Interest.

Job Opening ID 26691 : PSP Intern

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk at by allowing sufficient time for the resolution of issue.

The deadline for applications is midnight 12 May 2021 (CEST, Central European Summer Time).