Internship with the Protection Unit of the UNHCR Representation (UNHCR) in Baku, Azerbaijan


Organizational Unit: Protection Unit

Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan

Duration of the internship: June – August 2018 (with the possible extension)

Expected start date: June 1, 2018

Background information/Organizational Context: 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, return home voluntarily, integrate locally or resettle in a third country. UNHCR Azerbaijan is located in Baku and provides assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, stateless persons and persons of undetermined nationality residing in Azerbaijan.

Objective:

  • Provide interns with an opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their academic programme or future work in a field related to the UNHCR’s mission;
  • Allow interns to contribute to the work of the international organization and to gain experience of working in a multinational environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Protection intern, working under the supervision of the Associate Protection Officer, will undertake the following functions:
  • Assist in research, preparation and dissemination of country of origin information (COI) and managing COI library
  • Interpret during the counseling sessions with refugees and Refugee Status Determination (RSD)/Resettlement interviews
  • Translate documents and correspondence from English into Azeri/Russian and vice versa.
  • Assist in filing documents submitted by refugees and asylum seekers
  • Provide support in organizing trainings and workshops
  • liaise with individual refugees or refugee communities as required
  • Attend meetings and prepare minutes/notes for the file of the meetings
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
  • Complete all mandatory UNHCR online training programmes that are applicable to UNHCR personnel

 

Minimum qualifications required:

  • Recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO
  • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of
  • interest to the work of the Organization – law, human rights, political science, international relations, public policy, public administration
  • Excellent knowledge of English, fluency in Azerbaijan and Russian, knowledge of other languages will be an asset.
  • Ability to work fairly, independently and demonstrate initiative and flexibility to effectively benefit from the internship.

Duration:

The minimum duration will be two months and the maximum six months.

Status:

Interns are considered gratis personnel and the period of internship will not be remunerated, however interns will be provided with the allowance for food and local transportation.

How to Apply:

The cover letter and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to azeba@unhcr.org. Only if UNHCR wishes to actively pursue your CV, you will be contacted. Once selected, the Internship Agreement will be signed.