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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Oranjestad
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
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Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)


Staff Member / Affiliate Type

Internship International

Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

February 6, 2023

Terms of Reference

UNHCR in Aruba is part of the UNHCR Multi-Country Office in Panama, and supports the regional response to outflows of Venezuelans in Aruba and Curaçao. UNHCR works with governments in Caribbean countries to develop and strengthen their protections for asylum seekers, refugees, and stateless persons, conducts refugee status determinations for asylum seekers, and monitors and reports on the treatment of refugees and stateless persons
throughout the Caribbean region.

Interns will participate in a range of activities within the office, depending on their skills and interest, and will become familiar with the daily realities of working in a large humanitarian organization. The intern will (i) gain a deeper knowledge of principles and practices guiding the organization’s interventions, particularly as they apply to the work of UNHCR in the Caribbean region; and (ii) develop professional working skills, such as writing, project and time management, prioritization, team work, presentation skills, and drafting. The work of the interns is not confined to a single project, as interns will be directly involved in all operational aspects of our work.
While the precise tasks of interns vary, considering the dynamics of the Caribbean region and other Office priorities, as well as the specific skills, competencies and areas of interest of the respective intern, the main tasks in which interns are involved are:
Duties and Responsibilities
Conducting protection interviews with the refugees and asylum seekers and assisting with the Helpline;
Analyzing asylum decisions for asylum-seekers in the Caribbean region, including country of origin research and legal analysis;
Conducting research on Caribbean immigration laws and procedures, asylum procedures, analysis of constitutional changes and best practices;
Conducting research on access to rights and services for refugee and migrant communities;
Assisting with UNHCR’s human rights reporting related to the Caribbean states;
Monitoring news for maritime incidents and migration flows in the Caribbean;
Support to administrative tasks as requested;
Undertaking special projects and translating documents and correspondence, as needed.
Minimum qualifications required
Should have a legal background or be graduate students studying human rights, international affairs, political sciences or a related subject, with knowledge of international and local law. Students pursuing legal studies should ideally be in their final year of study and have taken an international law or asylum law course.
Fluency and strong drafting skills in English is required.
Fluency in Dutch is essential.
Spanish is desirable.
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.


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This position doesn't require a functional clearance
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