African Refugee Development Center Vacancy: African Refugee Relocation Caseworker - Tel Aviv, Israel

The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, community-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to assist, protect and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. To date, the ARDC has served over 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Eritrea, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast.

The Asylum Application Assistance Team:
The object of the project is to ensure that asylum seekers in the State of Israel have greater opportunity to realize their human right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution through promoting a fair and just asylum application process. Main activities include - establishing proof of nationality for non-detained and detained asylum seekers eligible for group protection; assisting individuals apply for refugee status advising on relocation options; broadly distributing information to refugee community; monitoring development of asylum regime; instituting strategic litigation to promote community-wide policy change; publishing reports on findings and recommendations; disseminating information; advocating before UN; strengthening ties and cooperation with authorities.

Relocation Team:
Despite a steady increase in the flow of African asylum seekers to the state of Israel over the past few years, prospects for permanent protection in the country continue to diminish. In the face of this reality, the need for viable relocation options is becoming increasingly pressing. The Relocation Resource Project (RRP) was created in 2010 in recognition of this need within the asylum seeker community. The objective of the RRP at the ARDC is twofold. Firstly, the project seeks to inform and educate asylum seekers and refugees in Israel on their options for relocation to a third country, generally through family reunification or sponsorship programs. Secondly, the RRP seeks to provide advice and assistance to those eligible to apply for relocation through various programs.

The RRP provides individual guidance to clients to evaluate their relocation options, contacting the necessary governmental entities and referring them to related non-profit organizations. The RRP team assists with applications for family reunification visas to third countries, including the United States, Canada, Norway, and Sweden, as well as various humanitarian sponsorship programs.

Main Responsibilities
  • Registers and interviews clients
  • Researches information and background on countries to write the application
  • Writes applications based on the interviews and reviews them based on international and Israeli law
  • Participates in the community contact and interactions
  • Refers clients to other organizations and structures
  • Participates in the advocacy and data collection for the Asylum Application Assistance team
  • Participates in general team meetings and organization
  • Applicant must be fluent in spoken and written English; other language experience is helpful. Hebrew is an advantage
  • Reliability, able to work independently, creative, flexible, positive
  • B.A. level in Humanities, law, social sciences, communications, international law or any other relevant field
  • Previous experience in the field of human rights – helpful
Time Commitment 30 hours a week, Sunday-Thursday
22 weeks: 20 March 2016- 18 August 2016

Please note start dates are not flexible.

Reports to: Project Coordinator
Please note all ARDC internship positions are unpaid. We do not provide accommodation, travel or health insurance.

How to apply:
Please fill in the application form (available at this link) and send with your CV to . Please save your documents as PDF and label as follows:

CV - First name, Surname CV (e.g. John Smith CV)

Application Form - First name, Surname Form (e.g. John Smith Form)

Closing Date: 01 Mar 2016