Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisor At St. Andrew’s Refugee Services

Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services, Cairo

Vacancy Announcement: Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisor

Founded in 1979, StARS is a refugee service provider in central Cairo that works to enhance the quality of life for refugees and vulnerable migrants through five broad program areas: education, psychosocial, legal, community outreach and unaccompanied youth and children support services. We provide high-quality services meeting the unaddressed needs of refugees, and we provide a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community. We work for refugees, with refugees, to make rights recognition a reality.

StARS’ Mission: Driven by a commitment to justice and fairness, StARS works as displaced people and for displaced people to respect human dignity and enhance quality of life.

StARS’ Vision: Displaced people lead in the creation and implementation of responses to different forms of migration to establish safe, just, welcoming, and inclusive communities globally.

We serve people from many places, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

To learn more please visit our website: or our Facebook page

Project Description: Refugee Legal Aid Program

The Refugee Legal Aid Program provides advice and representation to refugees seeking recognition by UNHCR through refugee status determination procedures in Egypt and assists refugees in accessing resettlement to safe third countries.


Each year, Refugee Legal Aid Program offers several unpaid internships for qualified candidates who can join us for six months. Under the supervision of the Refugee Status Determination Coordinator and Refugee Status Determination Senior Legal Officers, the Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisors are responsible for the provision of legal advice and representation to urban refugees in matters related to their Refugee Status Determination procedures with UNHCR Egypt.

Among other responsibilities, Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisors conduct group Refugee Status Determination workshops to educate refugees about the Refugee Status Determination process in Egypt; accompany clients to Refugee Status Determination interviews at UNHCR; conduct screening interviews with clients seeking assistance appealing the rejection of their Refugee Status Determination claims or seeking to reopen their UNHCR files; represent clients in various Refugee Status Determination procedures, including Refugee Status Determination appeals; and serve as on-call legal advisors, providing information and assistance to clients on a walk-in basis.

Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisors are responsible for their own caseloads of Refugee Status Determination cases and get extensive direct experience representing refugees. Following the completion of their six-month commitment, Refugee Legal Aid Program Volunteer Legal Advisors have gone on to work with UNHCR, IOM, and other international non-governmental organizations.

The Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisors are part of Refugee Legal Aid Program’s team of approximately 20 legal staff and volunteers.


All duties are carried out under the supervision of the Refugee Status Determination Coordinator and Refugee Status Determination Senior Legal Officers.

Legal and Technical

· Responsible for managing own caseload spanning the spectrum of the Refugee Status Determination team’s work.

· To conduct workshops with groups and individual clients regarding the Refugee Status Determination procedures at UNHCR Egypt.

· To conduct screening and intake interviews with potential clients seeking representation in Refugee Status Determination matters.

· To serve as on-call resources for clients seeking legal advice on a walk-in basis, providing counseling to clients regarding registration, protection, and Refugee Status Determination procedures at UNHCR.

· To maintain good working knowledge of UNHCR policies and procedures in Refugee Status Determination matters.

· To maintain good working knowledge of the current political and social situations in the countries of origin of StARS’ clients.

· To assess extra-legal client needs and recommend referrals to other StARS teams or external organizations as appropriate.

· To undertake comprehensive case management practices including maintaining and updating electronic databases and records for each client, and keeping detailed notes of all casework activities.

· To adhere to the Nairobi Code of Ethics, the StARS Policies and Procedures Manual, and the StARS Code of Conduct.


· To attend and contribute to Refugee Status Determination team meetings.

· To build and maintain relationships with StARS psychosocial and education staff.

· To attend one intensive week of training.


· To communicate regularly with the Refugee Status Determination Coordinator and Refugee Status Determination Senior Legal Officers, reporting on all major issues and developments in the field and within Refugee Legal Aid Program.

· To submit activity reports as requested.

· To promote information sharing within Refugee Legal Aid Program and StARS on all issues affecting the populations we serve.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will be energetic, articulate, and comfortable interacting with diverse segments of society. She or he will have demonstrated a firm commitment to human rights and refugee issues.

Essential qualifications:

· English being the official language of UNHCR Cairo and StARS, Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisors must be fluent in oral and written English.

· Excellent writing skills.

· Well organized, self-motivated, and reliable.

· Willingness to commit to a minimum service period of six months.

· Commitment to and sensitivity toward vulnerable or displaced people.

· Ability to live and work in a fluid security environment.

· Ability to work in a team as well as individually.

· A positive attitude and sensitive manner in advocating for clients who are survivors of violence, trafficking, torture, and SGBV.

Desirable Characteristics:

· Fluency or working knowledge of Arabic or a refugee language is an advantage.

· Knowledge of UNHCR guidelines and procedures.

· Knowledge of the general protection situation and vulnerabilities of refugees in Egypt.

· Knowledge of the general situation of the countries from which StARS clients originate.

· Life and work experience in the Middle East or Egypt.

Working Hours: The Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisor is expected to be at work for 40 hours per week, between the hours of 9am and 5pm, from Sunday to Thursday, negotiable on a case-by-case basis for qualified applicants. Longer hours, evening and weekend work are sometimes necessary. Work will be conducted both in StARS premises and also in refugee communities and centers.

Supervised by: Refugee Status Determination Coordinator and Senior Legal Officers

Contract Term: Six months

Compensation: N/A

This position is subject to a three-month probationary period, at which time the employee’s performance will be reviewed and probation may be extended.

Closing date for applications: 5 June 2022

How to apply

Anticipated Starting date: July 2022

To apply: Please send your Cover Letter and CV and brief legal writing sample to All applications should provide contact information of two professional or academic references (referees will only be contacted after Interviews). using the subject line “Refugee Status Determination Volunteer Legal Advisor”**.**

The cover letter should address your qualifications for the internship and why you are interested in working with Refugee Legal Aid Program. It should also outline any time commitments you will have outside of our office during the period of your internship (whether you are seeking to work part-time or full-time), and for what time period you would be available to volunteer.

Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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