UNHCR Representation in China
UNHCR Representation in China
Terms of Reference for Protection Internship
Location : Country Office Beijing (CO Beijing)
Duration : 17 February 2020 – 14 August 2020, 6 months
Application closing date: 22 December 2019
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Refugee 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.
For nearly 70 years, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, stateless people and internally displaced persons. Its interventions in the areas of protection, shelter, health and education have been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.
UNHCR works in 128 countries, with staff based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. UNHCR’s staff works hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including protection, administration, public affairs and health.
The UNHCR Office in China was established in 1979. Although China has been party to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol since 1982, it has no law comprehensively governing asylum. In the absence of national refugee legislation, UNHCR continues to register asylum seekers, conducts individual refugee status determination under its mandate, seeks durable solutions for refugees, and provides direct assistance to the refugee population in mainland China.
The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress adopted an Exit-Entry Administration Law on 30 June 2012, which came into force on 1 July 2013. This domestic law includes a provision (Article 46) regarding the treatment of refugees, which foresees, inter alia, the possibility for persons of concerns to legally reside in China on the basis of a temporary identification to be issued by the authorities. UNHCR has been advocating for implementing regulations concerning Article 46 as well as working on building the capacity of the Government of China to implement its obligations under the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Building public awareness on refugee issues and the work of UNHCR has been core area of work for UNHCR Beijing Office, with the great contributions of the Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Yao Chen, and via the social media platform Weibo.
UNHCR will continue to work with all stakeholders in China to ensure persons of concern receive adequate protection and assistance as well as to seek durable solutions for refugees.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
The intern will work under the guidance and supervision of the Protection Associate (Community-Based) and will be based in the UNHCR office in Beijing. S/he will perform the following tasks:
- Process the financial assistance request and update the payment form accordingly;
- Assist in preparation for participatory assessment across the country;
- Assist in facilitating telephone counselling to refugees and asylum seekers;
- Assist in individual case intervention;
- Maintain up-to-date case notes;
- Assist in review of national social assistance and social security system and other refugee assistance programmes in China and other countries;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisors.
- Strong interest in international humanitarian field ;
- Professional and detail-oriented;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Good team player;
- Strong awareness of cultural diversity and confidentiality requirements;
- Respect for humanity and a commitment to international public service.
Essential Minimum Qualifications:
- A recent graduate (completed studies within 1 year of applying for this internship) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university;
- Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in international relations, law, social sciences, health, education or other related areas;
- Fluent in English, proficiency in other languages i.e. French or Arabic is a plus;
- Firm commitment to a full-time internship of six months.
- The aim of the internship is to provide professional experience in an international organization which is related to and supplements studies or interests in international relations, public international law or other related areas;
- The internship provides an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural intergovernmental organization;
- UNHCR will provide a food and transportation allowance for interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party.
- The internship program is not connected with the recruitment process; nevertheless, UNHCR is willing to provide reference and a fair performance evaluation of the internship for his/her contribution to UNHCR’s work.
If you possess the above qualifications and are interested in the internship position, please submit your application with a Motivation Letter and a CV to [email protected], and indicate in the subject line “Internship Application – Protection (Community-Based)” by 22 December 2019.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Only those short-listed for interviews will be notified and invited for written test and interview.