Internship opportunity - UNHCR

Internship opportunity - UNHCR

Internship opportunity In the Protection Unit – UNHCR Representation in Romania Closing date for applications: 15 September 2017 (midnight) The United...

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Internship opportunity In the Protection Unit – UNHCR Representation in Romania Closing date for applications: 15 September 2017 (midnight) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking for an intern at its Representation Office in Bucharest, Romania, for its Protection Unit.

Background: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 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 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.

The internship: Objectives: The internship programme provides an opportunity for the intern to gain practical work experience in the field of international protection. Secondly, it provides UNHCR with the assistance of qualified interns specialized in various professional fields. The role of the intern is to support the Protection Unit in its daily activities.

Tasks: Under the supervision of the Protection Officer and/or the Senior Protection Associate, the intern will:    

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Research, draft and review protection related reports  Provide administrative and logistical support in organizing and preparing for events and seminars  Draft concept papers, analytical reports, and minutes  Assist in conducting research on European Union and national legislation and jurisprudence on asylum and human rights related matters  Performing general tasks and follow-up on protection related matters. 


Duration & Administration: The internship will last for three months with the possibility of an extension up to a maximum of six months. The internship programme is on a full-time basis. Internships at UNHCR are non-paid. UNHCR cannot provide any financial assistance to travel or living costs of interns. Upon completion of the internship, interns are provided with an official UNHCR attestation letter and upon request and agreement with the supervisor, a letter of recommendation. The incumbent will be required to hold a valid medical insurance covering the full period of the internship. Although interns are neither “staff members” nor the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 13 February 1946, they shall observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization.

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Enrolled or completed a degree programme at the university level in the field of public international law, international human rights law, international relations, political science, sociology, or other relevant field of study  Fluency in both written and oral Romanian and English are essential  Computer literacy: Word and Excel  Good communication, organization, co-ordination and drafting skills 

Application: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their CV and motivation letter together with a UN Personal History Form (P.11 form). P.11 forms can be downloaded from: All applications should be in English. Complete applications should be submitted to the attention of the Senior Administrative/Finance Associate by email to [email protected] with the subject line: “Application for protection internship”. Applications submitted via social media cannot be considered.

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 15 September 2017 Start date: Monday, 1 October 2017 Please note that only candidates short-listed for a personal interview will be contacted.

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