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INTERN - Legal Affairs / International Law [Temporary]


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Jerusalem
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-23

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff
working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to
make a change.
If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the
most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.


The intern will work on the following potential areas of international law under the supervision of one or more DLA lawyers:

- Carry out research, analysis and/or legal advice on public international law, including international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, as well as United Nations privileges and immunities;
- Assist with legal advice and analysis on the interpretation and application of the resolutions of the Security Council, General Assembly, the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, host country agreements or arrangements and other instruments relevant to the mandate and operations of UNRWA;
- Assist with the drafting and review of legal documents, including correspondence, summary notes, briefing papers and reports on a wide variety of international law matters, including on the mandate of UNRWA and humanitarian principles;
- Assist in servicing trainings, events and meetings, including notetaking and preparation of summary reports and action points;
- Perform any other task as may be required.


- Possesses excellent legal research and analytical skills;
- Shows pride in work and in achievements;
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
- Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments; observing deadlines and achieving results;
- Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns;
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
- Remains calm in stressful situations.

- Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
- Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
- Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
- Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
- Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others;
- Places team agenda before personal agenda;
- Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
- Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

- Have completed a law degree and is enrolled in a graduate programme in law (Master’s degree or equivalent);
- Have successfully completed at least two full academic years of study towards a law degree, including courses in public international law, human rights, humanitarian law or international refugee law;

Specialization in public international law, international human rights, international humanitarian law or refugee law is desirable.

In addition, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

- Literacy in the use of standard software applications.
- Demonstrate interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations.
- Demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, including willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not attach your resume or CV.

The Cover Note must include:
- The dates of your availability.
- Degree Programme (What are you currently studying? Include any relevant course work in international law.)
- Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
- List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
- Explain why you are the best candidate for this internship, including any relevant experience.
- Explain your interest in the UNRWA Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, please include all your academic qualifications and work experience if any, and the names of three referees.

Interns are not financially remunerated by UNRWA. All arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions. UNRWA may assist by providing selected interns with visa support letters.

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 that will be valid for the duration of the internship.

The internship program is intended to provide recent law graduates or students, with an opportunity to gain practical experience in international law, while contributing to the work and operations of UNRWA. There is no expectation that the internship will lead to longer term employment with the Agency.

Due to the number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. 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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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