Protection Intern: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  

Deadline: 18 September 2016

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Duration of assignment: 3-6 months, starting 01 October 2016

Compensation: UNPAID Internship – There is no possibility of compensation or reimbursement of expenses. Interns are expected to cover all travel costs to and from Zimbabwe (if based abroad) as well accommodation, living, and other related costs within the country. UNHCR does not provide any financial support to interns.

Please Note: There should be no expectation of employment at the end of the Internship, and per UNHCR rules, an intern may not apply for a position with UNHCR until six months have elapsed from the end of their internship.

Supervision: Protection Officer

Duties and Responsibilities
To support the Office in implementing the UNHCR protection and durable solution activities in Zimbabwe for refugees, Stateless persons and refugee returnees by: Assisting with individual counseling of  refugees and ensuring appropriate followup after counseling sessions including compilation of statistical data; write up’s and physical file updates; Assisting in updating UNHCR’s computerized database system proGres; Collecting information and writing on statelessness and IDP related matters in Zimbabwe; Assisting with durable solutions reviews and recommendations for refugee cases; Assisting with legal review of individual refugee claims; Assisting with identification of refugees with special needs through profiling exercises; Occasionally undertaking field missions to the Tongogara Refugee Camp to support resettlement staff with Bio – Data input and Verification. Assisting the office with training for beneficiaries, authorities and partners on Refugee Law, Human Rights, Resettlement and other related topics; Compiling Country of Origin Information; Taking minutes during protection meetings; Allocating time to learn; Performing other duties as may be required by the Office.


A university degree in Law, Human Rights, Forced Migration/Refugee studies or other related field, including social sciences; A basic working knowledge of Refugee law; Fluency in spoken and written English, including excellent English-language writing skills; The adaptability to work in an international and multicultural environment; The ability to work with vulnerable individuals; The ability to act professionally and to deal with confidential and sensitive information; Willingness to learn of the workings of UNHCR’s and its mandate; The availability to intern for a minimum of three months.

More information on the UNHCR internship programme is available at the web page here

To apply
Please send an updated CV, a current writing sample (maximum 5 pages), and a cover letter stating your reasons for applying for the internship to

Please note that only candidate(s) selected for interviews will be contacted.