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UNHCR Representation in China

Vacancy Announcement


Terms of Reference for Protection Internship

Duration: 02 September 2019 – 02 March 2020, 6 months

Location: Country Office Beijing (CO Beijing)

Application closing date: 21 August 2019

Background

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 and will be based in the UNHCR office in Beijing. S/he will perform the following tasks:

  • Schedule registration appointments;
  • Receive and counsel applicants seeking asylum in China and facilitate the registration procedures;
  • Conduct registration interviews for new asylum seekers;
  • Create individual physical files for newly registered asylum seekers;
  • Assist the Protection team to organize and coordinate with interpreters the interview scheduling, and translation of claims and transcription of protection/Refugee Status Determination (RSD) interviews etc.;
  • Assist in delivering RSD decision notifications
  • Generate the monthly statistical report;
  • Monitor and respond to email queries from refugees/asylum seekers, and update relevant information into the proGres database;
  • Data entry of information concerning documents issued, protection interviews, assistance, and counselling into the proGres database;
  • Filing of relevant correspondences related to individual cases;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong interest in international humanitarian field ;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Professional and detail-oriented;
  • 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 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.

Important

  • 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” by 21 August 2019.


Terms of Reference for Senior Communication/PI Assistant

Position No.              : 10003807

Contract/Grade         : Fixed Term Appointment, G5

Duty Station              : Beijing, China

Section/Unit              : PI

Entry on Duty            : Immediately

Duration                    : One year (extendable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds)

Application closing date: 09 August 2019

  1. General Background

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 provide protection (including assistance) and seek durable solutions for millions of refugees around the world. In the People’s Republic of China, UNHCR registers and conducts refugee status determination for those seeking asylum, working to help refugees find solutions to their situations. UNHCR is involved with ensuring support for the protection of refugees, and works with Government authorities to build domestic capacity. In addition, it has a specific mandate for the prevention and addressing situations of statelessness.

  1. Organizational Context

The incumbent will be supervised by the Communication / PI Officer. S/he will have frequent contacts involving the exchange of a wide range of information with colleagues within UNHCR as well as media, international organizations, academic institutions and private individuals.

  1. Responsibility
  • Follow-up on Administrative and Logistical arrangements to organise press briefings and other events, such as workshop and conferences.
  • Contribute to the production of information material for public awareness campaigns and for the preparation of in-house bulletins, newsletters and information kits by contributing to articles, reports and other information gathered from various sources; liaise with printers concerning brochures and publications published by the office.
  • Draft routine correspondence and texts for the office’s website and maintain information databases.
  • Compile and distribute a daily news clipping service.
  • Distribute press statements and similar information to media, to other offices locally as well as to Headquarters.
  • Maintain up-to-date filing system and appointments diary.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  1. Authority
  • Respond to non-complex media queries and incoming correspondence.
  • Have access to UNHCR Communication / PI systems.
  1. Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required
  • Completion of the Secondary Education with post-secondary training in International Relations, Journalism, Political Science or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of previous relevant job experience.
  • Communication and computer skills.
  • Excellent drafting skills as well as translation and interpreting skills.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
  • (In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)
  1. Desirable qualifications and competencies
  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position.
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

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Applicants who wish to be considered for this vacancy should send their (I) Letter of

Motivation, (ii) CV, and (iii) signed Personal History Form (available at <http://www.unhcr.org/hk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/10/UNHCR_Personal_History_Form_October-2017.zip>) by email to [email protected] with subject “Senior Communication/PI Assistant G5 (Post No. 10003807)” no later than 09 August 2019.

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Note:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only those short-listed for interviews will be notified and invited for written test and interview.