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Protection Intern

Date Posted: 2019-08-22 08:50:30
UNHCR NIGERIA
  • Position Number::

  • Category:

    Protection Operational Support
  • Grade:

    Internship
  • Years of Experience:

  • Duty Stations:

    FCT Abuja
  • Duration of Contract:

    Six Months
  • Contract Type:

    Internship

CONTEXT, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

							

Through a series of resolutions adopted since 1995, the United Nations General Assembly has entrusted UNHCR with a formal mandate to identify stateless persons, prevent and reduce statelessness in the World and protect the rights of stateless persons. Twenty years earlier, the Assembly had requested UNHCR to provide assistance to persons under the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. It further mandated UNHCR to actively promote the accession of States to the International Conventions on Statelessness, the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Since then, UNHCR has been assisting Governments and working with them to prevent and eliminate cases of statelessness and the protection of stateless persons.

UNHCR Nigeria statelessness engagement is led by the Protection Unit, based in the Country Office in Abuja. The statelessness protection/advocacy function is performed by a team currently composed of the Deputy Representative (Protection)/Head of Unit, the Senior Protection Officer and the Associate Protection Officer as focal point on statelessness in Nigeria. UNHCR works on statelessness matters with key government counterparts, such as the Ministry of Interior and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), as well as the Parliament, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), the Academia and other relevant stakeholders.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria acceded to both the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness in September 2011, the country is however yet to domesticate both Conventions to give legal effect to them in Nigeria. Nigeria signed the Abidjan Declaration on the Eradication of Statelessness in ECOWAS Member States (hereinafter, Abidjan Declaration). The Declaration was adopted at ministerial level on 25 February 2015 and approved by the ECOWAS Head of States Summit held in Accra on 19 May 2015. Nigeria together with other ECOWAS member States adopted a Regional Plan of Action to Eradicate Statelessness in West Africa also known as the Banjul Plan of Action covering 2017 – 2024 in May, 2017. Nigeria has a functioning legal and administrative framework for refugee protection established over three decades ago vested in the NCFRMI but does not have a mechanism at the moment for identification, prevention and reduction of statelessness.
In the light of the above, the Country Office has since 2016 held series of advocacy meetings and workshops for key stakeholders involved in statelessness activities in Nigeria. The advocacy led to the designation of a statelessness focal point for Nigeria and the drafting of a statelessness National Plan of Action (NAP) soon to be adopted. To consolidate on the gains so far made in its statelessness advocacy in Nigeria, the Country Office seeks to engage the services of a statelessness intern to support the Protection Unit in advocating for the establishment of a mechanism for identification, prevention and reduction of statelessness.

The Senior Protection Officer/Associate Protection Officer will assign tasks and appropriate guidance to the incumbent. The tasks will be carried out in accordance with UNHCR guidelines and policies, in close coordination with other relevant officers.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Associate Protection Officer, The intern shall:
•    Assisting with the organization and follow-up of events such as the anniversary of the Abidjan Declaration; #IBelong Campaign. 
•    Organization and archiving of Statelessness Unit’s documents.

•    Participation in the organization of workshops, seminars and ministerial conferences, (assisting by drafting concept notes and logistic support);
•    Take part in meetings, assisting by taking notes and logistic support;
•    Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment, in particular, on the issue of statelessness.
•    Collect, monitor, and analyse information, statistics, and developments related to the risk of statelessness in the country, and support activities to identify how many stateless         persons are in Nigeria.
•    Support advocacy with the relevant actors in relation to further legislative reform in respect of statelessness.
•    Support the office in organising the high level event on statelessness.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

							

•    University degree in law, communication, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology), community development, or equivalent;
•    Knowledge of statelessness is an asset.
•    Analytical and editorial capacity;

•    Previous practical experience in the elaboration and implementation of communication strategies and plans for mass sensitization affecting the public, customary and religious authorities and all the components of the Nigerian population;
•    Strong networking building skills;
•    Previous experience in working closely with government and civil society;
•    Excellent command of English, knowledge of French and any of the major languages in Nigeria is an asset;
•    Knowledge of computer tools (Excel, Word, Power Point, MS Office and People soft applications);

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES

							

•    University degree in law, communication, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, psychology), community development, or equivalent;
•    Knowledge of statelessness is an asset.
•    Previous practical experience in the elaboration and implementation of communication strategies and plans for mass sensitization affecting the public, customary and religious     authorities and all the components of the Nigerian population;
•    Analytical and editorial capacity;
•    Strong networking building skills;
•    Previous experience in working closely with government and civil society;
•    Excellent command of English, knowledge of French and any of the major languages in Nigeria is an asset;
•    Knowledge of computer tools (Excel, Word, Power Point, MS Office and People soft applications);

Eligibility:
Candidates must be Nigerian nationals.
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.


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