Protection Intern

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  • Added Date: Monday, 12 February 2024
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Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate TypeInternship

Target Start Date2024-03-01

Job Posting End DateFebruary 26, 2024

Terms of ReferenceTitle: Protection Intern
Working Unit: Protection Team
Duty Station: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Duration: Four months
Contract Type: Internship

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full-time internship within the Protection Team in UNHCR Korea.

Established in December 1950, UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. UNHCR currently operates in over 130 countries, using its long expertise to protect and care for millions.

<Organizational Context>
The role of UNHCR Korea is to engage with various stakeholders including the Government, the National Human Rights Commission, Civil Society Organizations, and the media to improve the domestic asylum system and treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees so that they can fully exercise their rights, including the principle of non-refoulement.

The Protection Intern supports the teamโ€™s effort in engaging in advocacy, training, and strengthening capacity of the national refugee and asylum system. The intern also supports monitoring protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards.

The intern selected to work in this office are expected to show adaptability, flexibility, openness, team spirit, eagerness to learn and to contribute.

<Duties and Responsibilities>
Under the supervision of UNHCR Korea Protection Team, Protection Intern supports:

โ€ข Provision of information to Persons under UNHCRโ€™s Mandate: Providing information to Persons under UNHCRโ€™s Mandate via telephone calls, in-person counselling and emails
โ€ข Communicating with counter parts (NGOs, Legal, Immigration).
โ€ข Researching: research on various protection-related information including Country of Origin Information (COI)
โ€ข Translations: UNHCR documents, news articles, information for Persons under UNHCRโ€™s Mandate
โ€ข Drafting and updating SOP for counselling
โ€ข Participation in meetings and taking meeting minutes
โ€ข Accompanying staff members to meetings and taking notes and/or interpreting

Further to the tasks mentioned above, other tasks may also be added, according to interest/capability of the intern. The work will be distributed according to the internโ€™s capability and the officeโ€™s workload and needs.

<Essential minimum qualifications required>
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
โ€ข Be either a recent graduate (having completed their studies within two years of
applying) or a current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
โ€ข Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of UNHCR
Please note that candidates who have immediate relatives (father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister) working as staff members of UNHCR are not eligible to apply.

The successful candidate will be based with the Protection Team in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The internship is associated with an internship agreement for 4 months. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

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, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Standard Job Description

Required Languages Korean


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Additional Qualifications


EducationHigh School (Required)


Work Experience

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