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-----Original Message-----
Sent: 16 January 2007 15:52
Subject: ECRE INTERNSHIP VACANCIES


Dear ECRE Member Agencies,


INTERNSHIP VACANCIES


ECRE is now offering two internship positions at its London office, starting early/mid April 2007. The Secretariat is seeking both a Legal and a Policy Intern, preferably to start on 10th April 2007.


Interns are active and valued members of the Secretariat, contributing significantly to the legal and policy projects of ECRE.


Please see the attached Advert and Job Descriptions for details. Additional information can be found on http://www.ecre.org/get_involved/job_vacancies


The Deadline for Applications is Wednesday 13th February 2007.


<<ECRE Policy Legal Internship Advert April 2007 intake .doc>> <<ECRE Legal Internship JD April 2007 intake.doc>> <<ECRE Policy Internship JD April 2007 intake.doc>>



Warm Regards,

Administration Assistant
European Council on Refugees and Exiles
103 Worship Street
London
EC2A 2DF


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EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON REFUGEES & EXILES


POLICY INTERNSHIP
LEGAL INTERNSHIP

STARTING EARLY/MID APRIL 2007 - BASED IN LONDON

The European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE) is an organisation established in 1974 for co-operation between 76 non-governmental organisations in Europe concerned with refugees. ECRE’s objective is to promote through joint analysis, research and information exchange, a humane and generous asylum policy in Europe. ECRE is concerned with the needs of individuals who seek asylum in Europe and the development of a comprehensive response to the global refugee problem.

ECRE is offering two internship positions at its London office, starting early/mid April 2007. The preferred starting date for both positions is 10th April 2007.

Legal Internship
The Legal Intern works closely with the Senior Legal Officer. The intern’s work will include specific legal projects and research activities as well as day-to-day tasks such as responding to information requests from lawyers and NGOs throughout Europe and the preparation and dissemination of briefings on relevant legal development within Europe.

Policy Internship
The Policy Intern works closely with the Senior Policy Officer. The intern’s work will include policy projects and research activities on specific issues relating to refugee protection in Europe as well as day-to-day tasks such as monitoring policy developments across Europe and preparing policy materials for publication.

Interns are active and valued members of the Secretariat attending project and general staff meetings. The ECRE Secretariat consists of an office in London with a staff of 14 people plus four interns and the Brussels office with a staff of fourtwo and two interns.

The post holders will be expected to be able to work independently, using their initiative and must be able to manage a complex workload. They will need to do their own administrative work and assist the Senior Legal/Policy Officers with general office tasks if necessary.

The posts are offered for a period of 6 months until early/mid October 2007, preferably full-time, and are unpaid. A small compensation to cover daily travel expenses within the London area and lunch is offered. The successful candidates will be responsible for providing their own accommodation and other living expenses.

Applicants for the Legal Internship post should hold a post-graduate degree in law with knowledge of international and European refugee/ human rights law.

Applicants for the Policy Internship post should hold a postgraduate degree from an institute of higher education in a relevant discipline (political or social sciences, human rights or development studies, etc).

All post holders will be expected to speak, read and write English to an extremely high standard. Typing ability and knowledge of Microsoft Office packages are essential. Applicants should have proven knowledge of and interest in international and European asylum, refugee and human rights issues. A working knowledge of another European language is useful.

APPLICATIONS:
Any persons interested should send:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A sample of original written work in English (for example, an extract from a dissertation or article you may have written on a relevant issue)
3. A motivation letter stating:
a) What you hope to achieve through the completion of an ECRE
Internship
b) Any relevant experience or skills you have;
c) For which position you are applying (including whether you have applied
for any other advertised ECRE internship vacancy, in which case, your preferred internship if applying for more than one).
d) Where you saw the internship advertised.

Please send this information by Wednesday 13th February 2007 to the appropriate contact person below.

For legal internship applications:
For the attention of Chris Nash to cnash@ecre.org

For policy internship applications:
For the attention of Patricia Coelho to pcoelho@ecre.org

If you have recently enquired about internship vacancies, and you wish to be considered for the above-mentioned positions, please re-state your interest to the appropriate contact person above and re-send your CV and writing sample.

Applications may also be sent by fax to +44 (0)20 7377 7586 or by post to ECRE Secretariat, 103 Worship Street, London EC2A 2DF, UK.

Regrettably, due to the large number of applications we usually receive, it is not possible to write to you should you not be short-listed. If you have not heard from us
within 28 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

All internship offers are subject to obtaining the necessary entitlement to work in the UK.


ECRE is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and encourages applications from refugees.

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European Council on Refugees and Exiles

Job Description

Title: Legal Intern

Reports to: Senior Legal Officer

Location: ECRE London Office

Duration: 6 months (negotiable)

Background Information

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is an umbrella organisation established in 1974 to facilitate co-operation between non-governmental organisations in Europe concerned with refugees. ECRE currently has 76around 80 member agencies in more than 31 countries. Its principal activities can be summarised under four main headings: policy analysis and advocacy; legal analysis and networking; information and documentation; and capacity building in eastern and south eastern Europe. The ECRE Secretariat consists of an office in London with a staff of 14 people plus four interns and the Brussels office with a staff of fourtwo and two interns.


Overall Purpose

To assist ECRE in fulfilling its organisational objectives by contributing to the achievement of activities within its 2007 Activities Plan. To provide research support to the Senior Legal Officer and, in consultation with the Senior Legal Officer, to identify and undertake research on a topic relating to a specific area of refugee protection.

Key Responsibilities/Functions

- undertake research and for this purpose :
- conduct literature surveys and web searches;
- liase with ECRE member agencies, UNHCR and other relevant institutions;
- draft questionnaires and supporting documentation as necessary;
- monitor asylum developments at national EU, European and UNHCR level;

- draft relevant research reports;

- take the lead role in the drafting of the Legal Section for the bi-monthly ECRE’s ECRAN Update Documentation Service and for this purpose:
- check relevant web sites and information resources;
- monitor the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights;
- monitor judgements of the European Court of Justice;
- monitor the reports and views of the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
- identify and draft summaries of developments in asylum law at national and/or European level (ie. new legislation and jurisprudence);

- assist the Senior Legal Officer in maintaining the European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) by:
- monitoring and assisting with requests for information from lawyers across Europe;
- updating the ELENA Index and assisting the Senior Legal Officer with other aspects of co-ordinating, maintaining, and developing the network;

- assist the Senior Legal Officer with the planning and organisation of ELENA training courses or other events/expert meetings by:
- identifying and compiling relevant background materials;
- researching and drafting background papers if required;
- assisting with other administrative and logistical tasks, including at the course itself;

- assist in the running of the ECRE team meetings;

- take part in the preparation of the ECRE Bi-annual General Meetings, attend and minute working groups if/as required;

- assist with miscellaneous tasks as agreed with the Senior Legal Officer.

Conditions

1. Reimbursement of travel to the office (monthly public transport card for
London zones 1-6);

2. Subsistence allowance of £5.00 per working day;

3. Letter of reference at the end of internship.


Date of last revision: 11th January 2007

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European Council on Refugees and Exiles

Job Description

Title: Policy Intern / Stagiaire

Reports to: Senior Policy Officer

Location: ECRE London Office

Duration: 6 months (negotiable)


Background Information

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is an umbrella organisation established in 1974 to facilitate co-operation between non-governmental organisations in Europe concerned with refugees. ECRE currently has 76 member agencies in more than 31 countries. Its principal activities can be summarised under four main headings: policy analysis and advocacy; legal analysis and networking; information and documentation; and capacity building. The ECRE Secretariat consists of an office in London with a staff of 14 people plus four interns and the Brussels office with a staff of four and two interns.

During 2005 ECRE published a series of policy papers under the broad title: The Way Forward - Europe’s Role in the Global Refugee Protection System:
- Towards a European resettlement programme
- The return of asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected
- Towards the integration of refugees in Europe
- Towards fair and efficient asylum systems in Europe
- Guarding refugee protection standards in regions of origin

In 2006 ECRE went on to publish an overview paper summarising our agenda and key messages: Europe’s Role in the Global Refugee Protection System. The Way Forward – An Agenda for Change. This paper, together with the detailed policy recommendations resulting from the project’s five individual papers, is now ECRE’s central advocacy platform for the coming years in our efforts to influence both short and long-term European policies concerning asylum and refugee protection.
ECRE’s focus now is to undertake advocacy, underpinned by some limited research and policy analysis, in order to make the changes it recommends a reality. The policy team’s thematic focus for 2007 will be on return, resettlement and access to Europe.
Ongoing analysis and reaction to policy proposals issued by the EU and related to the mentioned policy areas is also a central part of ECRE’s work. This currently includes work on the proposed EU directive on common standards for return as well as other non-legislative policy developments e.g EU actions to improve protection in regions of origin and proposals for strengthening EU external border controls.
Overall Purpose

To assist ECRE in fulfilling its organisational objectives by contributing to the achievement of activities within its 2007 Activities Plan.

To assist ECRE in undertaking effective advocacy work by supporting the Senior Policy Officer in the gathering of information and the formulation of policy on relevant subjects. This will be achieved through researching and/or drafting of policy documents.

To monitor general policy developments on subjects relevant to ECRE.

Key Responsibilities/Functions

Undertake research on specific issues relating to refugee protection in Europe and for this purpose:
- identify and use relevant print and online published materials and information;
- identify and use any additional materials by relevant individuals, organisations or institutions;
- liase with ECRE member agencies, UNHCR and other relevant institutions;
- coordinate and compile comparative surveys;
- participate in relevant external meetings;
- order publications.

Draft relevant documents in English such as:
- research reports;
- comparative reports;
- policy briefings or guidelines;
- questionnaires;
- survey findings;
- supporting documentation for meetings e.g. background papers;
- summary papers.

Take the lead role in providing international and national policy developments to the monthly ECRAN Special Update and for this purpose:
- monitor asylum policy developments at national, EU, European and UN level by checking relevant web sites and information resources;
- draft summaries of policy developments;
- liase effectively with other interns and member agencies.

Assist in the running of ad hoc policy meetings, including taking the minutes of those meetings;

Assist in the running of project meetings;

Take part in the preparation of at least one external ECRE meeting or conference, attend it and provide organisational support such as taking minutes of working groups as appropriate.

Assist with the preparation of policy materials for publication.

Assist with other appropriate miscellaneous tasks as agreed with the Senior Policy Officer.

Conditions

1. Reimbursement of travel to the office (monthly public transport card for
London zones 1-6);

2. Subsistence allowance of £5.00 per working day;

3. Letter of reference at the end of internship.



Date of last revision: 12th January 2007
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