United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Representation in Thailand
Vacancy Announcement No. 33/2021
Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement:
1 December 2021
Associate RSD Officer
Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement:
14 December 2021
Duration of the internship: 6 months (Maximum)
Expected start date: 4 January – 30 June 2022
Background Information/Organization Context
Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and does not have a domestic protection framework in place for asylum seekers and refugees. Consequently, refugees and asylum-seekers who do not otherwise have a legal right to stay in Thailand are treated as illegal migrants, placing them at risk of arrest and detention. In a critical development, in late 2019, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) approved the establishment of a national screening mechanism to distinguish people who need international protection from economic migrants. While it is not a conventional domestic law, it is hoped that the screening mechanism will regularize the stay of persons in need of international protection in Thailand and lend predictability to the asylum space.
UNHCR Thailand is currently advocating with the RTG to create and implement a screening mechanism in line with international standards. In the same vein, to prepare for the RTG’s upcoming implementation of a regulatory framework and national mechanism, UNHCR Thailand is laying the groundwork for a smooth assumption of responsibilities by the RTG. To that end, the intern will be tasked with translating documents from English into Thai and vice versa, as well as supporting capacity building endeavours, such as trainings. The intern will also be tasked with conducting legal research, supporting eligibility officers in a variety of tasks, including conducting country of origin information research, drafting papers and reports and assist registration activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The candidate will be part of the RSD Unit, under the overall supervision of the RSD Officer and direct supervision of the Associate RSD Officer.
Primary scope of assignment:
Minimum qualification required:
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.
Benefits and Allowance
An internship will initially be granted for a minimum period of two months and may be extended for up to six months provided that the eligibility criteria continue to be met.
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance in accordance with UNHCR’s Administrative Instruction to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses. The benefits that the intern will receive are annual leave of 1.5 days per month and food & transportation allowance will be provided based on 30 calendar days.
Please submit your Motivation Letter, P.11 form, Curriculum Vitae and a copy of official ID card/national passport indicating the vacancy announcement number and position title to: THABAHR@unhcr.org
Only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted for a written test and/or interview.
UNHCR/P.11 and supplementary forms can be downloaded from:
UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
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