- Department : Field Legal Office, West Bank Field Office
- Duty Station : East Jerusalem
- Type of Appointment: Full time internship
- Duration: 3-9 months
- Preferred Starting Date: March 2021 (all interested candidates are encouraged to apply, indicating earlier/later starting date in their motivation letter)
- If you are passionate about legal affairs in support of making a lasting difference for Palestine refugees, an internship with UNRWA will give you the opportunity to work on the provision of legal advice, training and assistance on matters and policies relating to UNRWA’s mandate and areas of operation within FLO, WBFO.
TERMS OF REFERENCE:
Provide research to assist FLO’s provision of legal advice on the interpretation and application of relevant public international law, including international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, as well as United Nations privileges and immunities;
- Assist with the drafting of legal documents, including correspondence, summary notes, briefing papers and reports on a wide variety of legal matters;
- Provide support for the provision of legal advice and analysis on matters arising from contracts entered into by WBFO, including those relating to construction works, and the procurement of goods and services;
- Contribute by researching and analyzing jurisprudence and the Agency’s legal framework on a wide range of administrative law issues, including matters relating to allegations of staff misconduct;
- Assist with servicing committees, high-level and other meetings, as well as training sessions covering a range of legal issues; and
- Perform any other duties as may be required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- A university degree from an accredited educational institution in law or related field.
Work Experience: Applicants are not required to have professional work experience.
- Languages: Excellent command of spoken and written English, including the ability to draft legal documents in English.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Specialization in international law, commercial law or administrative law is desirable.
- Experience in a professional office environment is an asset.
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
- Advanced level of legal research skills
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Communication skills
- Should you be interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter to [email protected] no later than 31 January 2021. Please mention in the subject line “FLO-WBFO internship March 2021”.
The motivation letter (maximum one page) must include:
- Your interest in UNRWA and why you are the best candidate for this specific internship;
- Your knowledge of legal issues related to Palestine refugees and the operations of UNRWA;
- Title of degree (including expected graduation date, if applicable);
- Period of availability and preferred duration;
- IT skills and programs that you are proficient in.
Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.
UNRWA staff and complementary personnel are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA will not be responsible for the costs of travel, visa, accommodation, or any other costs related to the placement. All costs connected with an intern’s participation must be borne by the intern, including arrangements for travel (including to and from the office), visas, accommodation, etc. Interns will be solely responsible to secure visas. Applicants should be able to travel in the Agency’s area of operations in the Middle East.
At the stage of acceptance of an internship placement, interns must prove to the satisfaction of UNRWA that they have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage prior to commencing the placement.
Intern placements shall not constitute employment by UNRWA. Interns are considered to be complementary personnel with non-staff status. The purpose of the internship program is not to lead to further employment with UNRWA but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship. Interns are eligible to apply as external candidates for UNRWA staff vacancies in accordance with normal selection procedures.
Please note that UNRWA does not charge fees at any stage of the application process. Vacancy announcements advertised at: https://www.unrwa.org/careers/internships, will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (Jerusalem time) on the deadline date.
UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.