Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
Job requisition ID: JR2318861
Target Start Date: 2023-07-01
Job Posting End Date: June 6, 2023
Terms of Reference
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a humanitarian and non-political organization mandated by the United Nations to protect refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons and help them find lasting solutions to their problems. UNHCR’s activities are based on a framework of international refugee law and standards that includes the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, as well as an array of international and regional treaties on human rights and humanitarian law. UNHCR works with States, civil society organizations, the legal community, the media and other actors to ensure the protection of refugees and promote their participation and integration in the economic, social, cultural and political life of their host society.
The protection unit serves asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless persons in Cyprus, promoting protection in law and policy in the field of reception, refugee status determination and integration. The protection unit advises the authorities, NGOs and lawyers about international standards of refugee protection, provides comments on proposed legislation and regulations, monitors compliance with international standards, and conducts training and public presentations to a range of audiences.
The Legal Intern will support the work undertaken by the Protection Unit while acquiring experience on interaction and teamwork. The intern will support the protection unit of the UNHCR Cyprus Office in all relevant activities with a particular focus on data collection and analysis, drafting of notes, routine correspondence, documents and reports in relation to the protection situation in the northern part of Cyprus. This area is not under the effective control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus and thus neither the local Refugee Law nor the EU Acquis and the 1951 Refugee Convention are applied. UNHCR works through an NGO Implementing Partner and strives to ensure that persons of concern to UNHCR are protected from refoulement and have access to basic rights.
The intern will be supervised by the Protection Officer and the Assistant Protection Officer who will give regular guidance and advice to the incumbent.
Duties and responsibilities:
The Legal Intern will assist with the following tasks and responsibilities:
– Consistently applies International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct
– Observes and respects protection related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
– Provides functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management
– Provides functional and administrative support in all protection related activities with implementing partner in the northern part of Cyprus.
– Assists in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit
– Maintains up-to-date filing systems
– Performs other relevant duties
Minimum qualifications required:
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Desirable qualifications and skills:
It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. The successful candidate will be assigned to support the team in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Allowance: Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.
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