RSD Intern (VA.No.17/2019)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Representation in Thailand
Vacancy Announcement No. 17/2019
Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement:
02 August 2019
Associate RSD Officer
Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement:
15 August 2019
Protection/Refugee Status Determination (RSD)
Duration of the internship: 3 – 6 months
Expected start date: As soon as possible
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, in 2017, the Royal Thai Government (RTG) formalized
its commitment to creating a regulatory framework for addressing refugee status and
protection issues and is currently working towards realization of that goal. To prepare for the
RTG’s upcoming enactment and 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 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).
Interns will receive a stipend to cover the cost of food and local transportation in accordance
with UNHCR’s Administrative Instruction.
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: