08 March 2017

Internship offer on Migration & Asylum April 2017

Outstanding post as coordinator within the association Clinique Juridique Hijra (​CJH, www.hijraclinique.ma) from April 2017 in Tangier, Fez, Oujda and Marrakech 

The association Legal Clinic Hijra (CJH) was founded in 2015 by a group of young researchers, lawyers and students in Tangier; a city that attracts many migrants by its proximity to Europe. Today,Hijra is expanding to establish new offices in other significant cities in Morocco. The first and principal mission ofthe clinic is to offer free legal assistance for migrants and asylum seekers. Through its activities and interventions,the CJH accords a special attention to migrants and creates a space where their voices can be heard. Since October 2016, the clinic became part of the “Platform National Protection Migrants”(PNPM​), a network of Moroccan associations that are active in the field of human rights protection (for migrants) and humanitarian aid. The CJH offers the intern the opportunity to both, acquire and develop his/her practical as well as his/her academic knowledge and experience in the field of migration. Under the supervision of the director of CJH, the intern as “coordinator” is involved in all the activities of the clinic, particularly the legal advice services. The intern will also supervise the dynamic, multidisciplinary and international team ofthe clinical students on the ground. Since the clinic prides itself as a youth association, the intern will be encouraged to bring in new ideas and to fully participate in the evolution of the project. 

Required qualifications : 

  • Knowledge of international law, human rights, international relations, and/or social sciences and action
  • Good drafting and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in French and/or English (Arabic is a plus)
  • Good communicative skills and comfort/ability to work in a team
  • Personal integrity, discipline and engagement

Tasks :

  • Legal and social advice services: reception of migrants and the offer of a free legal assistance
  • Management of the clinic's data-base on G-Drive
  • Coordination of the clinic's activities
  • Administrative management of the clinic
  • Assisting the redaction team of « Revue Hijra »
  • Assisting the research team
  • Organization of workshops and training sessions
  • Survey and redaction of blogs concerning migration topics
  • Coordination of the clinic's relations with its partners, especially with the UNHCR and the advocates

 “As a coordinator of CJH, I have important responsibilities, especially in terms of communication between the different boards - whether it is the internal communication among the team or between our beneficiaries and our partners (such as UNHCR). The legal work is so inspiring. Sometimes, I would like to work on all projects and files at the same time, but since we are a young association, we also have to learn to be patient and content with our little successes. I admire every step we make towards our overall objectives.“

(Anna Jüngst, coordinator-in-office of the Hijra-team in Tangier) 

The duration of the traineeship will be at least 3 months. It is important to note that the coordinator occupies a full-time position. The traineeship is non-remunerated. The intern will have the opportunity to benefit from workshops and training sessions offered by CJH or the PNPM organized in Morocco or abroad. The clinic also provides a recommendation letter/traineeship certification by the end of the traineeship. Interested?

Please send your application (including motivation letter and CV) to Younous Arbaoui, president of the Legal Clinic Hijra, at the following email address: youhanous1@hotmail.com