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Protection Assistant (Internship)

Warsaw (Poland)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Warsaw (Poland)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-26

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In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying)  or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of
UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.
- Be a current student or a recent graduate (completed studies within one year) of a graduate/undergraduate school program from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization (law, international relations, political science or other relevant field as psychology, foreign language);
¿ Demonstrated interest in refugee protection; direct experience with refugees will be an asset;
¿ Excellent research and analytical skills;
¿ Excellent oral and written Polish and English skills;
¿ Ability to communicate in Russian will be an asset. The role of the intern is to support the Representation in its daily activities. The internship provides an opportunity for interns to gain experience in the field of protection and integration of refugees by assisting the Protection Unit and learn to perform at high international standards at a UN agency.

¿ To support research on a wide range of subjects related to refugee protection, border management, solutions, asylum policy and practice relevant in the EU context, including international and European refugee and human rights law;
¿ To review and analyze relevant reports issued by UNHCR, EU and international bodies, national authorities, civil society organizations or the media;
¿ To provide statistical analysis of refugee and migration trends in Poland and Europe;
¿ To assist in the implementation of various initiatives undertaken by the UNHCR Representation in Poland, designed to promote and assess the application of international and European refugee and human rights law;
To assist in the drafting of minutes of meetings, reports or advocacy documents prepared by UNHCR;
¿ To assist in the preparation of meetings, events, and conferences as well as support to follow-up action;
¿ To assist with other tasks that may arise.

Qualifications:
¿ Be a current student or a recent graduate (completed studies within one year) of a graduate/undergraduate school program from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization (law, international relations, political science or other relevant field as psychology, foreign language);
¿ Demonstrated interest in refugee protection; direct experience with refugees will be an asset;
¿ Excellent research and analytical skills;
¿ Excellent oral and written Polish and English skills;
¿ Ability to communicate in Russian will be an asset. The UNHCR Representation in Poland offer this internship assignments for 6 months starting on 1 November 2021 and ending on 30 April 2022. The Intern will be based with the UNHCR Representation in Poland, in Warsaw. Due to COVID pandemic the internship might be hybrid/ remote until conditions allow for work in the office again.

Interns receive a monthly Food and Local Transportation Allowance equivalent of 10% of the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) of the duty station, not exceeding USD 1,000 per month, payable in local currency, subject to annual revision. In cases the intern is sponsored and receives funding from another institution or sponsor UNHCR will pay the difference between the sponsored amount and the above allowance, if any.

Upon completion of the internship, interns are provided with an official UNHCR attestation letter and upon request and agreement with the supervisor a letter of recommendation. The incumbent will be required to hold a valid medical insurance covering the full period of the internship.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should submit their application through www.unhcr.org/careers.html click on vacancies and search for relevant JO number.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for an online interview.

Candidates must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in Poland. Candidate might be required to present the statement regarding non-conviction for sexual offences.

No late applications will be accepted. UNHCR in an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

We welcome applications from candidates with a refugee background
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR opened its office in Poland in 1992. The office monitors access to asylum, reception conditions for asylum-seekers, and implementation of integration programs for people granted international protection. The office strongly advocates for Poland's accession to statelessness Conventions and participation in the burden sharing through resettlement and complementary pathways of admission for refugees.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 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 refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. Promoting respect for international protection norms in European Union law and policy is of vital importance to UNHCR, and the agency, accordingly, provides its views on a wide range of issues related to access to Europe, asylum, refugee protection, resettlement and integration. The closing date is 20 October 2021.
Subject to extension for another week if the number of applications is to low
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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