06 January 2014

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, Brussels
Deadline for application: 17 January 2014

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency 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 safe 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.

In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons.

UNHCR is currently seeking an intern to start 31 January 2014.

Description of internship
The proposed internship lasts for a period of six months and is unpaid.
The intern will participate in the various activities of the Legal Unit of the Regional Representation for Western Europe. In particular s/he will contribute to the following tasks:
• Drafting reports.
• Country of origin research.
• Drafting responses to information requests relating to individual cases, asylum law and practice and country of origin information.
• Monitoring legislative and policy developments on asylum matters at the national (Luxembourg/Belgium) level.

Required qualifications
Masters degree in law. Previous relevant experience in refugee matters or human rights preferred.
Essential: excellent drafting skills in Dutch (native speaker) and English, preferably with a working knowledge of French.

How to apply
Your CV and covering letter should be sent by 17 January 2014 to belbr@unhcr.org, mentioning in the subject 'Legal Unit Internship February 2014'.

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