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Vacancies at the UNHCR Multi-Country Representation in Canberra

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representation in Canberra invites applications for the full time General Service position of Senior Protection Assistant.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and have a university degree or relevant qualifications focusing on protection related issues with preferably four years of professional experience. Strong communication, organizational and computer skills are required.

The appointment will be for an initial period of one year but is expected to be ongoing. A three month probationary period will apply to this role.

Written applications including a response to all selection criteria and completed Personal History Profile should be sent to [email protected], using the subject line Senior Protection Assistant, by 11:49 AEDT on 14 November 2019.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Multi-Country Representation in Canberra invites applications for the full time General Service position of Senior Protection Associate.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and have a university degree in law and a minimum of 6 years of professional job experience, strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to analyse international and domestic refugee law.

The appointment will be for an initial period of one year but is expected to be ongoing. A three month probationary period will apply to this role.

Written applications including a response to all selection criteria and completed Personal History Profile should be sent to [email protected], using the subject line Senior Protection Associate application, by 11:59pm AEDT on 4 November 2019.

For any enquiries, including salary and conditions, you may contact [email protected] or call 02 6281 9111.

Internships at the UNHCR Multi-Country Representation in Canberra

UNHCR provides interns with a learning opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience related to their academic programme or future work in a field related to UNHCR’s mission.

UNHCR is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to protecting the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons.

Internship opportunities are periodically offered at the UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra. Opportunities may also arise to undertake internships at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva or UNHCR’s fundraising association, Australia for UNHCR in Sydney.

Legal Protection

As a legal protection intern, you will join a team of specialized staff who have a strong focus on refugee law, including international and human rights law. You will be provided with the opportunity to gain practical legal work experience and the unique opportunity to contribute to the work of the United Nations.

Successful candidates will engage in legal and policy work encompassing many aspects of legal protection of refugees and others of concern to the office. You will be expected to work independently on a variety of protection issues and tasks, yet in close collaboration with colleagues and particularly fellow interns. 

Applicants must be recent graduates or have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in the legal field and have experience and/or a demonstrated interest in asylum and refugee protection or human rights.

Outreach and Solutions

In undertaking an outreach and solutions internship you will be provided with the opportunity to participate in advocacy and individual case management activities of the office for the benefit of refugees, asylum-seekers and other persons of concern to UNHCR. 

Successful candidates will undertake legal research and engage in activities to support objectives relating to refugee status determination, resettlement and protection monitoring. 

Applicants must be recent graduates or have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in the legal field and have experience and/or a demonstrated interest in asylum and refugee protection or human rights. Applicants coming from Pacific Island countries and/or with demonstrated experience in the context of policy framework in the Pacific region, will have a competitive preference in the selection process. 

External Relations

External Relations interns raise awareness about UNHCR’s work and refugee issues amongst parliamentarians, schools, media and the general public. 

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain experience in media analysis, strategy and policy research as well as engagement with stakeholders. You will work in a close, fast-paced team that is always looking for new and inventive ways to communicate.

Applicants must be recent graduates or have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in communication, media studies, journalism, political science, international relations or development studies. Strong skills in computer software and social media, as well as experience writing for a public audience are desirable.  A demonstrated interest in human rights, development or refugee issues will be favourably regarded.

Records and Information Management

The Regional Representation is looking for a part-time (approx. 20 hours per week)  intern for an initial period of three months, with an option to extend up to six months.

As the Records and Information Management intern, you will be provided with the opportunity to develop revised records management and information sharing systems forythe Regional Representation that comply with UNHCR’s revised Policy on the Management of UNHCR Records and Archives.

Applicants must be in their final year of an undergraduate degree at a minimum and have undertaken records management and archival administration or related courses.

Internship Conditions

Internships are offered on a full-time basis, Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 5.00pm for a minimum period of three months, up to a maximum of six months, provided that the eligibility criteria continue to be met.

How to Apply

Please send your current resume and a covering letter outlining your qualifications, experience and motivation for applying for an internship at the Multi-Country Representation to [email protected]. Please indicate the specific internship for which you wish to be considered and the period you would like to undertake your internship. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Good to know when applying

Interns may be eligible to receive financial support from an outside party, usually a university, and are strongly encouraged to explore their sponsorship options. A Food and Local Transportation Allowance of a maximum of USD 1,000 per month is provided to non-sponsored interns only. 

It is the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institution to arrange for travel to and from the duty station upon commencement and conclusion of the internship. All related travel expenses, including visas, will be paid by the intern or sponsoring institution. UNHCR does not cover the cost of travel or visas.

All interns who are not nationals of the country where their duty station is located must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage, including illness, accidents and repatriation coverage, to cover the full period of the internship. UNHCR accepts no responsibility for any costs connected to medical insurance of interns.

You may also be interested to read the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are internships with UNHCR Canberra?

Internships last from three to six months.

What is the deadline for applying?

Applications are open throughout the year and are kept on file. We will contact you if we are interested in interviewing you for an internship.

Can I get financial support?

A Food and Local Transportation Allowance of a maximum of USD 1,000 per month is provided to non-sponsored interns only. 

Are there opportunities in other regions?

UNHCR offers internship opportunities around the world, including the UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. Learn more about global internship opportunities.