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27 februari 2011

VACATURE/ STAGEPLEK Refugee Protection Intern

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Closing date: 04 Mar 2011
Location: Ecuador - Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Santo Domingo

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of the Associate Protection Officer in Santo Domingo, the Refugee Protection Intern:

- Supports the Protection Unit in the day-to-day casework;
- Interviews cases with special protection needs;
- Provides case analysis for Eligibility Committee;
- Identifies cases with Special Protection Needs for eventual resettlement;
- Participates in Durable Solutions Committees;
- Follows up and liaises with partners and UNHCR staff on individual cases, including detention cases;
- Contributes to the prevention of refoulement or expulsion;
- Conducts basic interviews with asylum-seekers and refugees in order to provide legal counseling and/or determine and address their needs, takes further action where necessary;
- Supports compilation/research of country of origin information;
- Acts as interpreter and translator when and as required;
- Provides logistic support to the Protection Unit or other Units when and as necessary;
- Contributes to reporting activities to HQ when and as required;
- Performs other duties as required.


- University degree, preferably in Refugee, Human Rights Law, or related
- Relevant experience in refugee determination legal analyses
- Sound knowledge of Human Rights, particularly Refugee Rights
- Fluent Spanish is indispensable for the post; fluent English is a requirement to perform duties
- Strong analytical writing skills in English and Spanish
- Proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
- Able to work on own initiative and as a part of a team
- Capable to work with deadlines
- Practical understanding of the Region


a) Proposed internship period: Minimum six months- expected from April 2011.
b) Subsequent Employment by UNHCR: There is no expectation of employment at the end of the Internship.
c) This is an unpaid internship. Per UNHCR policy, no compensation or expense reimbursement will be made available.

How to apply
Potential candidates should submit their CV with a cover letter in Spanish by e-mail to

Reference Code: RW_8DRTE2-41


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