Ecuador: Internship Protection Unit, UNHCR

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Ecuador
Closing date: 24 Jan 2017

Internship Vacancy: Protection Unit

Internship location> UNHCR-Protection Unit, Quito (Ecuador)

UNHCR's operation in Ecuador started in 2000 as part of the organization's strategy to protect and assist the victims of the Colombian conflict. The operation aims to support the Ecuadorian government in strengthening protection mechanisms, developing asylum and identifying solutions. It also involves direct counselling and orientation to clients and public information initiatives. The refugee caseload is mostly composed of Colombian nationals.

Terms of Reference

The Protection Intern will be based in the Protection Unit in UNHCR Branch Office Quito and will conduct activities under the direct supervision of Protection Officer and the Associate Protection Officer:

  • Assist the Protection Unit researching and systematizing country of origin information (COI).
  • Assist Protection Staff in the preparation of meetings;
  • Carry out legal research;
  • Draft legal documents and letters;
  • Assist the Protection Unit analysing caseload trends;
  • Organise, file and maintain the Unit’s files and folders regarding different protection subjects;
  • Permanently report on activities and individual cases being assessed.
  • Translate reports from English to Spanish.


  • University Studies in International Relations or Social Sciences, preferably, Law.
  • Knowledge of and/or Studies in International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Refugee Law are highly desirable.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is a must;
  • Practical understanding of the region and the Colombian situation.
  • Excellent working knowledge of EXCEL, WORD and POWER POINT software;
  • Strong analytical writing skills
  • Capable of working both on own initiative and as a part of a team
  • Capable of working to deadlines
  • Adaptability to work in an international and multicultural environment;
  • Adaptability to work with vulnerable individuals;
  • Capacity to professionally deal with confidential and sensitive information. **


  • Training: The Intern will be provided with general and specific training on the International Refugee Protection framework.
  • Applications: Please submit a resume and letter of interest to the address listed. Letters of recommendation are welcomed but not mandatory.
  • Duration: Period for the Internship will be of a minimum of 6 months full time; the internship will begin as soon as possible.
  • Compensation: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP. There is no possibility of compensation or reimbursement of expenses.
  • Subsequent Employment by UNHCR: There is no expectation of employment at the end of the Internship.
  • The Internship is expected to start on february 16

How to apply:

If you wish to apply please send your CV and motivation letter to

The internship follows UNHCR Guidelines and Procedures for Work Units & Offices Receiving Interns (available at: or )

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