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Internship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), Brussels
UNRIC is looking for qualified interns for a period of three to six months. United Nations interns are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation, and living expenses must be borne by either the interns or their sponsoring institutions.
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Vacancies Brussels

UNHCR vacancy Individual Consultant

Contract type: Individual Consultant

Project/Consultancy title: Monitoring of reception conditions of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Luxembourg

Contract Duration: 40 working days/ expected start date: early January 2019 – expected end date: end of April 2019

Duty Station: Home-based (Luxembourg)

Closing Date: 20 December 2018 at 23h59


Organizational context and General background of assignment:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to protect refugees and stateless persons worldwide. UNHCR works with States, civil society organizations and other actors to address issues of concern which fall under its mandate.

Children’s rights are enshrined in international law, including in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and are at the heart of UNHCR’s protection mandate. Given the fact that asylum- seeking girls and boys face unique protection risks, responding to their specific needs is a key priority for the BELUX Unit.  UNHCR’s commitment to protect children of its concern is not only a moral imperative, but will also contribute to ensuring a better future for children, their families and communities.

Between 2015 and 2017, over 200 UASC have applied for asylum in Luxembourg, representing more than twice the number for the period between 2012 and 2014.  While the largest increase was noticed in 2015, 2017 was marked by the particularly young age of UASC applying for asylum in Luxembourg (between 12-14 years old).

In addition to the 2 already-existing mixed reception centres hosting UASC, 3 reception centres exclusively dedicated to UASC have opened their doors since 2016. The principle of the best interest of the child is embedded in Luxembourg legislation and policy, and should be implemented in the context of reception conditions. A mapping of the current situation for the identification of good practices and elaboration of recommendations in line with international protection standards and the best interest principle will serve as a basis for UNHCR to engage with and support different stakeholders in upholding these standards.

Functional expertise and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Head of the BELUX Protection Unit and the Liaison Officer for Luxembourg, the consultant shall be responsible for providing UNHCR with a report offering a comprehensive overview of reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg, as well as a catalogue of best practices and the proposal of recommendations for improvements in the reception system.

For that purpose, the following activities are planned:

  • Desk research on the legal and factual situation with respect to reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg;
  • Organisation of preliminary meetings with relevant stakeholders from administrations, civil society, lawyers, child protection organisations, judiciary, academics, international organisations;
  • Organisation of visits to 5 reception centres hosting UASC;
  • Interviews with staff responsible of the reception centres, with preparation of questionnaires
  • Individual participatory assessments or focus group discussions with UASC in reception centres, with preparation of questionnaires
  • Child protection assessment of reception facilities
  • Organisation of debriefing meetings with stakeholders


Expected deliverables:

The consultant will draft an internal report providing an overview of the reception conditions of UASC in Luxembourg, taking into account feedback provided by stakeholders and information obtained through the visits to the reception centres, results stemming from the child protection assessments and the participatory assessments with UASC. The report will address inter alia the following themes: material reception conditions, guardianship system, legal representation, education, child protection, safety and well-being, health, psychosocial support and family separation. The report will highlight best practices observed, and offer recommendations and follow-up actions to improve the reception conditions of UASC. The report will then serve as a basis for UNHCR to advocate for adequate reception conditions of UASC.

Required qualifications and experience:

  1. Education
  • University degree in a related field
  1. Work Experience
  • At least 2 years related job experience in one of the areas relevant for the work required, such as reception monitoring, working with UASC or with asylum seekers, experience in conducting participatory assessments
  • Experience in the field of child protection
  • Experience in the field of international refugee law is an asset
  • Work experience with UNHCR is an asset
  1. Key Competencies
  • Knowledge of the Luxembourg child protection system
  • Knowledge of the Luxembourg asylum law
  • Experience/knowledge conducting participatory assessments would be an asset
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Fluency in French and English, with excellent drafting skills in both languages
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative
  • Sound reporting skills
  • Sound computer skills
  • Complies with UN core values

Candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and UNHCR Personal History Form (available here: prior to the closing date of this vacancy to the following email address: [email protected] Please include the title and your surname in the subject line.

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UNRWA EU Affairs Interns




UNRWA is the largest United Nations agency operating in the Middle East and provides education, health, social services, and humanitarian aid to some 5 million Palestine refugees living in West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The UNRWA Representative Office to the EU works at the cross roads of advocacy, communication and visibility. The small dynamic team wants to achieve a better understanding of the human development, humanitarian and protection needs of Palestine refugees within the EU. For this we work closely with the different EU institutions (the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission services (NEAR, DEVCO and ECHO), as well as with EU member states.

To help us in this we are looking for two EU Affairs Interns to join our well-tuned Brussels Team for a challenging but exciting 6-month full-time voluntary internship.


The internship will focus on supporting the daily work of a multicultural team of experts. This includes back up support and research into EU and Member States policy of relevance to UNRWA programs / projects, and monitoring developments related to the Middle East. We offer full exposure to our inter-disciplinary and multi-facetted subjects and full integration in our highly-motivated team. You will leave having gained hands-on deep in- and oversight of how the EU is ticking. We therefore look for a motivated individual who wants to complement their academic knowledge with a reality check on EU policy implementation, internal and external awareness raising, fundraising, communication and visibility events: all this as issue driven work on Palestine refugees.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist in gathering and updating of information and contacts related to the EU Institutions, EU Member States, CSOs, media and other sources.
  • Screening of EU policy developments related to the Middle East in general and Palestine refugees in particular.
  • Monitor major EU internal policy and political developments and draft regular internal reports.
  • Drafting of bi-weekly internal EU newsletters.
  • Attending relevant European Parliament committee, delegation and other meetings and reporting back.
  • Attending conferences, meetings and other events relevant to UNRWA and reporting back.
  • Supporting advocacy activities towards European Institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Assisting with communication activities, including the dissemination of communication material and the organization of press interviews;
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of substantive background documents.
  • Assist with general requests for information pertaining to Palestine refugees.
  • Assist with updating the office contact database and other general office tasks.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s desirable) in a relevant field such as European Studies, Political Science, International Relations (preferably with a focus on European Affairs and Palestinian/Middle Eastern issues).
  • Understanding of the EU decision-making processes and foreign policy and/or prior experience working on EU related matters.
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English; Good working knowledge of French.
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing) and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent research and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team.
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively.
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work.
  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and databases.
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium.
  • Availability and commitment to a 6-month internship up to August 2019.

Remuneration: Unpaid

How to apply:

Send a detailed CV and cover letter to: [email protected] by 16 December 2018. with the subject “EU Affairs Intern”. Interviews are scheduled to take place in January. The projected start of the internship is end January or early February 2019.

Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to each individual candidate. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

General Information:

UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff is expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff members are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.

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