Refugee & Migrants’ Rights Intern – AI

Amnesty International are seeking a refugee & migrants’ rights intern for six-months. Applicants should send a CV, cover letter and volunteer application form to positions[at]amnesty.ie by 11 October. The details of the post are as follows:
Hours of work: 20 hours per week
Duration: Six
months
Reports to: Research & Legal Manager

Main Tasks
These would be decided in conjunction with the Research & Legal Manager on the basis of needs of section and experience, competencies and interests of intern/volunteer but could include:

1. To respond to provide advice and assistance with individual applications for refugee status in Ireland. This includes assessing whether such cases fall within AI’s Mandate and AI policies on refugee work, and determining the risk of human rights abuses facing such applicants if returned to their country of origin or to a third country.

2. To provide AI information on the human rights situation in refugee-producing countries to relevant authorities, lawyers and non-governmental organisations.
3. To assist the Research & Legal Manager in monitoring and appraising asylum and migration policies, law and practices of the Irish Government. This includes researching, preparing and writing external reports and internal briefing papers on AI’s concerns.
4. To follow legislative and political asylum and migration-related developments at the European Union (EU) level and to lobby the Irish Government where necessary, in conjunction with the Research & Legal Manager and AI’s EU office.
5. To respond to requests from the public for information on AI’s work in the area of asylum and immigration.

In addition, the post holder may be required to undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the Research & Legal Manager from time to time in addition to or in lieu of the duties detailed above.

Skills Required

· Knowledge of and interest in refugee and migrant rights
· Knowledge of and interest in Irish political structures
· Fluency in spoken and written English
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Keen interest in and/or experience in Amnesty International and its mission
· Knowledge of Microsoft Office, with experience in Lotus Notes an advantage
· Background in immigration law a distinct advantage
· Flexibility
· Fluency in other languages an advantage but not a requirement