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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Legal Advocacy Fellow at BPSOS, Inc.
BPSOS is a community based organization with 10 offices in the U.S.and 3 overseas operational locations in Malaysia,TaiwanandTaiwan. Our international initiatives include: refugee protection work, civil society development and anti-human trafficking projects.
We are looking for a legal/advocacy fellow to serve at least 1-year term inBangkok,Thailand. If you are ready for a unique opportunity to serve as an ardent advocate for refugee rights while honing your legal skills in international law, then this position is for you!
- Counsel Vietnamese asylum seekers on UNHCR Refugee Status Determination process, standards and guidelines.
- Prepare and draft written applications, appeals and motions to re-open to UNHCR.
- Provide general legal counseling and assistance to Vietnamese asylum seekers, including educating them of Thailandlegal framework. Refer them to social services, whenever possible.
- Advocate with UNHCR for the rights of Vietnamese asylum seekers to due process.
- Create public awareness within region and outside region of the plight of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
- Develop and foster professional relationships with other NGOs and human rights organizations inThailand. Assist in fundraising efforts.
- CompileVietnamcountry conditions information and assist in preparation of relevant reports.
- Visit asylum-seekers and refugees detained inImmigrationDetentionCenter.
- Maintain partnership and build alliance with other legal aid and refugee protection organizations operating in Thailand.
- Reports to the International Initiatives Manager.
- JD preferred. Other graduate degrees in Sociology or social work related fields will be considered.
- Fluency in English, both written and oral.
- Fluency in Vietnamese preferred (oral required and some written desired).
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Sensitivity to issues of asylum seekers, refugees and displaced people.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as individually.
To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter and three references to An Phong Vo at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. We will interview candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled.