Denmark: Statistics Intern 666 views6 applications

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Denmark
Closing date: 20 Oct 2019

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a Statistics Internship within the Field Information and Coordination Support Section in our Copenhagen Headquarters in Denmark.

UNHCR is a global organisation 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. We are in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions of people.

Title: Statistics Intern
Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 6 months
Contract Type: Intern
Closing date: Sunday, 20 October 2019 – Midnight (CEST)
Start date: 15 November 2019

Organizational context

UNHCR’s Field Information and Coordination Support Section (FICSS) is the focal point in UNHCR for the collection, analysis and dissemination of operational data and statistics, and for technical support, including training, on related methodologies and activities. The effective management and analysis of operational data is a prerequisite for successful interventions that have an impact on the well-being of UNHCR’s beneficiaries. It is the goal of FICSS to support the development of better and more efficient systems for statistics on refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR such as stateless people and IDPs.

To improve statistics on refugees UNHCR has taken a leading role in the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS), both as a steering committee member and as facilitator and secretariat. FICSS is coordinating the group in close collaboration with the steering committee, consisting of World Bank, Eurostat, Statistics Norway, Turkstat, Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) and United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD). The EGRIS has been mandated by the UN statistical commission to develop recommendations on refugee and IDP statistics and develop guidance on implementation of the recommendations at country level.

The work is ongoing and the recommendations on refugee statistics was approved by UN member states in 2018. The group is now working on recommendations for IDP statistics and a compiler’s manual and will submit this to United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) in March 2020. The group consists of 45 members from national statistical systems and 25 regional and international organizations.

Building on the EGRIS experience and aligned with UNHCR commitment to end statelessness by 2024 FICSS is engaging actively with partners in the statelessness area. Achievement of the above-mentioned commitment will require a wide range of deliverables. Improved data on statelessness has been identified as among these. FICSS is committed to work with identified experts and through an EGRIS like process to build national partners’ capacity in the area of statelessness statistics, including developing guidance on how to improve collection and analysis of statelessness data.

The position

The internship is located in Copenhagen with the Field Information and Coordination Support Section of the Division of Program Support and Management and will report directly to the Statistician in the Statistics Unit.

Duties and Responsibilities

This internship offers an exciting opportunity to support the work of the Expert group on refugee and IDP statistics and the ongoing work to improve stateless data. The intern will work closely with the Statistics Unit Team to coordinate the work of EGRIS and prepare the final 3 deliverables, i.e. the international recommendations on refugee statistics and the compilers manual for submission to the UNSC in 2020.

The intern will also work with the statistics team in promoting ways of improving data collection and statistics on statelessness at country level, including supporting the establishment of an EGRIS like expert group around statelessness data. The intern will furthermore support the section with the ongoing compilation, review, analysis and publication of data on persons of concern.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

The ideal candidate will possess:
• Be a recent graduate (completed studies within one year) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme in Statistics, Demography, Public Policy, Social Science or any other related field from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies;

• Understanding of official statistics, including different data sources (surveys, administrative data and census);

• Demonstrated interest in data management tools, information sharing platforms and data visualization tools;

• Skills in statistical and data programming languages such as R, MySQL or Python desirable;

• Experience with developing written material (reports, notes from meetings and advocacy material);

• Good organizational skills, creativity, flexibility and ability to work within established deadlines; Advanced knowledge of MS Office suite, especially Excel;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal abilities with fluency in English, knowledge of another UN language is an asset;

The Intern will be expected to engage with the following:

• Support effective delivery of EGRIS deliverables to global consultation in November 2019 and to UNSC in 2020

• Support setting up an expert structure around the stateless work and start working on the defined deliverables;

• Contribute to the review of EGRIS compilers manual before finalization;

• Start thinking around an effective information sharing platform for the EGRIS work;

• Support coordination of regular steering committee meetings of the two groups and support follow up on decisions and actions agreed;

• Support coordination between different stakeholders in the project, including steering committee, technical experts, consultants and partners;

• Contribute to the development of material to communicate on the deliverables and achievement of the groups;

• Support organization of meetings and logistic arrangements, including maintaining invitation lists and letters;

• Provide logistical support for regular meetings of the EGRIS and stateless group and for any workshops on the topic;

• Support FICSS in the compilation, review, analysis and publication of data on persons of concern;

• Any other tasks, as needed;


The selected intern will be based in UN City, Copenhagen. Obtaining and renewing current visas and residence permits including all associated costs, are the responsibility of the intern.


The intern is expected to start working as soon as possible and to be available for six months. The role is full time (40 hours per week) with core working hours between 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, Personal History Form (P11), and CV to [email protected] indicating Statistics Intern in the subject of the email.
Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form / Supplementary Sheet.

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, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 20 October – Midnight (CEST)

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