Wednesday, 18 July 2018

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Legal Internship: UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs (RREUA)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (the UN Refugee Agency, also known as UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. Promoting respect for international protection norms in European Union (EU) law and policy is of vital importance to UNHCR, and the agency, accordingly, provides its views on a wide range of issues related to access to Europe, asylum, refugee protection, resettlement and integration in the Member States of the EU. UNHCR's reports, proposals and observations on EU asylum law and policy can be found on this page: www.unhcr.org/eu .

The Regional Representation for EU Affairs (RREUA) collaborates with EU institutions in Brussels on these issues, and works closely with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta and Frontex, the EU's external border agency, based in Warsaw. The RREUA in Brussels also supports UNHCR’s activities and regional offices in litigation before national and regional courts on legal questions of concern to UNHCR. Support on thematic issues such as trafficking, SGBV, child protection and statelessness in Europe is also provided from Brussels.


Selection Criteria

In order to be considered eligible for an internship, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  1. Be a recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme in Law from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and

b. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the UNHCR.


Work Responsibilities

  • Provide research assistance on international and EU law related to asylum.
  • Monitor and systematically report on case law rulings of relevance, particularly of the Court of Justice of the EU.
  • Update a quick reference case law table.
  • Update and prepare a twice-monthly Judicial Engagement update.
  • Organise the twice-monthly internal Judicial Engagement Working Group meetings and prepare and disseminate the minutes.
  • Create and maintain a repository of UNHCR’s third party interventions and commentaries.
  • Take and disseminate the minutes at the weekly Unit meetings in tandem with the Policy intern.
  • Attend meetings, workshops and follow webinars and report back on key points.
  • Assist with the logistical arrangements for meetings, events, workshops and trainings as may be required.
  • Provide administrative assistance and clerical support as may be required.


Work Dates and Conditions

Full-time, six months, from September 2018. Dates to be agreed.

The intern will receive a Food and Local Transportation Allowance (FLTA), up to USD 1000 per month, payable in local currency. The Food and Local Transportation Allowance is provided to non-sponsored interns only. In cases where a sponsored intern receives funding (less than the amount of allowance described above) from the sponsoring institution or another sponsor, UNHCR will pay the difference between this amount and the above allowance, if any.


How to Apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter to Virginie Defraiteur ([email protected]) by 18/07/2018.. For more information, please check UNHCR’s websites (www.unhcr.org, www.unhcr.org/eu).

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