Intern - Protection - 39088

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022
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Additional Information Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

Duration of the internship: Six months

Expected start date: ASAP
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Ugandaยฟs Laws and Policy guarantees Minimum Protection Standards for Refugees and Asylum seekers and promotes their integration. The Refugee Act of 2006 and its 2010 Regulations incorporate International Protection standards including Access to Asylum, Freedom of Movement, Access to Basic Services such as Health, Education as well as Access to Employment and Right to establish Livelihoods.

Accordingly, the Government of Uganda (GoU) has designated twelve districts including Kampala for the settlement of refugees. The decision on where to reside is, by practice, contingent on the mutual agreement between the Government and Refugees that provision of humanitarian support is only provided in designated refugee settlements. As of end of June 2022, a total of 118,249 POCs were registered in Kampala and are residing in 7 divisions in Kampala as well as in Wakiso and Mukono districts. UNHCR in line with its mandate provides technical support to the Office of the Prime Minister and guide protection response to the refugee situation both in the urban and settlement.

Pursuant to the Uganda Multi Year Multi Partner Protection and Solutions Strategy, Uganda operation is focusing on the protection of Persons of Concern. As part of the MYMPPS strategy, Uganda Operation is implementing the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework among other initiatives with the objective of enhancing protection deliverables for refugees and host communities through partnership with the Government, development Partners, private sector, and other stakeholders.

Currently, 70 Partners operate in Kampala and are implementing various programs. There are coordination working group meetings co-chaired by UNHCR and OPM. The coordination forum comprises of partners who implement response in the urban. The main objective of the coordination working group is to ensure coherent and harmonized implementation of activities. NRC, CAFOMI and AHA are the main UNHCR Protection and Health Implementing Partners in the urban. UNHCR also works with Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA), the Government line Ministries and Partners. The main challenge facing the urban program is insufficient funding and limited livelihood opportunities among others.

In line with the above, the Intern will be deployed within the Protection unit at the UNHCR Representation Office in Kampala and will provide support to the Unit based on duties outlined below. The Intern is a member of the Protection unit and will report to the RSD Officer. The Intern will be expected to complete all mandatory courses and sign the UNHCR Code of Conduct.

ยฟ Participate in meetings and prepare Minutes
ยฟ Interview individual cases and identify protection needs of refugees and asylum seekers seek solutions
ยฟ Attend to individual cases at the gate and ensure that they are provided with adequate support.
ยฟ Monitor the Reception desk to assess situation of new arrivals
ยฟ Conduct research on country-of-origin information (COI) and legal issues.
ยฟ Provide counselling and share information with persons of concern
ยฟ In close coordination with the Protection Partners, conduct detention monitoring and visits to prisons, police stations to follow up on asylum seekers and refugees in detention.
ยฟ Participate in organising Protection trainings and draft reports.
ยฟ Attend community outreaches and identify protection related cases/issues that require UNHCRs attention
ยฟ Follow up on specific FRRM cases and provide feedback to refugees.
ยฟ Occasionally attend court sessions and monitor the court proceedings for individual cases
ยฟ In other assigned duty

Minimum qualifications required
ยฟ Degree in Law and Diploma in Legal Practice
ยฟ International Law, Political Sciences, or another relevant field.

Relevant experience
ยฟ Experience in law and practice.
ยฟ Knowledge of domestic and international laws, with a particular focus on Refugee law and international human right law
ยฟ Ability to manage complex protection situation.
ยฟ Sound knowledge of Gender, age, and diversity approach.
ยฟ Excellent drafting skills

Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
ยฟ Degree in Law and Diploma in Legal Practice
ยฟ International Law, Political Sciences, or another relevant field

ยฟ Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.
ยฟ Excellent drafting and communication skills.
ยฟ Proficiency in UN second language and languages spoken by the refugees including Kiswahili is an advantage.
ยฟ The position require flexibility to respond to different protection needs as well as good teamwork.

ยฟ To be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
ยฟ 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
ยฟ Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
ยฟ 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.

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.

To Apply:
For the other duty stations: Interested candidates should submit their Personal History Form (PHF) and its supplementary pages (if applicable), motivation letter and CV by 8 August 2022.
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.

Closing Date The closing date of the job opening is 11 August 2022

This vacancy is archived.

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