RSD Intern (VA.NO.014/2020)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Representation in Thailand
Vacancy Announcement No. 14/2020
Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement:
18 May 2020
Associate RSD Officer
Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement:
31 May 2020
Protection/Refugee Status Determination (RSD)
Duration of the internship: 3 – 6 months
Expected start date: 1 July 2020
Background Information/Organization Context
Thailand is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol relating to the Status of
Refugees and currently there is no domestic legislation relating to asylum and protection of
refugees. In a critical development, at the end of 2019, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) approved the establishment of a screening mechanism to distinguish people who need international protection from economic migrants. To prepare for the Royal Thai Government (RTG)’s upcoming implementation of a regulatory framework and national mechanism, the Eligibility Associate will support UNHCR Thailand’s work to facilitate a smooth assumption of responsibilities by the RTG by translating documents from English into Thai and vice versa, support capacity building activities, as well as conducting legal research and preparing reports as needed.
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:
- Translate documents related to policies, guidance, and procedures of UNHCR as well as other working documents from English into Thai and vice versa;
- Conduct legal and country of origin information research in Thai and English, and create and maintain a repository as needed;
- Draft reports in Thai and English as assigned by supervisors;
- Generally, support RSD and Registration Units as needed in carrying out functions;
- Perform any other tasks as assigned by supervisor, including supporting other protection units as requested.
Minimum qualification required:
- University degree in law, political science, or any related field (recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO).
- Completion of at least two years of undergraduate studies in relevant field.
- Sound knowledge of refugee law, international human rights and humanitarian laws are desirable.
- Previous experience in humanitarian work and/or translation is desirable.
- Excellent knowledge of English and Thai (reading and writing).
In order to be considered for an internship, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Recent graduate (those persons who completed their studies within one year of applying) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO; and
- Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant or of interest to the work of the Organization.
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.
Interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party will receive an allowance to partially help to cover the cost of food, local transportation and living expenses.
How to Apply
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:
Only candidates under positive consideration will be contacted for a written test and/or
UNHCR/P.11 and supplementary forms can be downloaded from: