Each year, Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) provides opportunities to Oxford graduate students to undertake unpaid internships at human rights and public law organisations. Through its Internship Programme, supported generously by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, OPBP aims to:

  • encourage student interest and involvement in pro bono work and public law;
  • enable students to gain practical experience in these areas where, without financial assistance, they would be unable to do so;
  • put world-class legal skills at the disposal of organisations working pro bono in public interest; and
  • strengthen OPBP’s relationships with its partners.

OPBP-Bonavero Internship 2022: UNRWA Field Legal Office, Jordan


This year, OPBP has partnered with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights to offer an internship at the Field Legal Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Amman, Jordan.

UNRWA was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Its services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance. In Jordan, UNRWA provides assistance and protection to around 2.2 million Palestine refugees from Jordan, 17500 Palestine refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria and displaced people from Gaza and West Bank.

The Field Legal Office provides legal advice and support to the Jordan Field Office to improve the overall quality of UNRWA’s service delivery. It currently includes one internationally recruited Head Field Legal Office, a Deputy Head Field Legal Office, a Legal Coordinator, an administrative assistant and interns.

Exceptional Eligibility

The OPBP-Bonavero Internship 2022 is open to students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate degree in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil) or to graduate students in a related field from other faculties within the University of Oxford, with a previous law degree.

Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Specialization in international law, commercial law or administrative law is desirable.
  • Experience in a professional office environment is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Competencies: Advanced level of legal research skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office, communication skills, and analyzing

Type of Appointment: Full-time internship (remote internship may be possible, given current circumstances)

Duration: 3 months (with a possible extension for another 3 months)

Terms of Reference

  • Assist with research and the provision of legal advice on the interpretation and application of relevant public international law, including international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, as well as United Nations privileges and immunities;
  • Assist with the drafting and review of legal documents, including correspondence, summary notes, briefing papers and reports on a wide variety of legal matters, including to United Nations bodies;
  • Assist in the development of human rights analysis, support engagement with the international human rights system and advocacy in relation to the enjoyment of human rights of Palestine refugees;
  • Assist in the provision of legal advice and analysis on matters arising from contracts entered into by the Agency, including those relating to the procurement of goods and services and donor financing and project agreements for the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance;
  • Assist in research and analysis on a wide range of administrative law issues, including use of the Agency’s system for internal administration of justice for staff members and matters relating to allegations of staff misconduct;
  • Assist in reviewing legal matters related to the governance of the Agency, including drafting and reviewing UNRWA administrative issuances;
  • Assist with servicing high-level and other meetings as well as training sessions for staff members covering a range of legal issues; and
  • Perform any other duties as may be required.


The successful candidate will receive a maximum stipend of £4,100 to contribute to travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. The candidate will also be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.

Application Process

Please refer to the overview page referring specifically to the application process.