Internship posted by: Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town
Posted on: December 27, 2012
The Scalabrini Centre Advocacy Programme offers legal advice and practical assistance with a special focus on vulnerable individuals, with the aim to ensure that their rights are respected. While the programme takes on any kind of issues related to discrimination due to someone's foreign nationality, the programme has a particular focus on the needs and protection of persons affected by xenophobic violence, disabled refugees and protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. In addition to assisting individuals, the programme also conducts 'higher level' advocacy with the aim to change legislation and ensure the implementation of existing laws and procedures.
The Advocacy Officer Intern works to assist in the following areas:
Documentation: Information and referrals regarding:
- Asylum application process
- Expired documentation / permits
- Appeal process
- Foreign minors (UAM and family matters)
Disability Grants & Social Grants
- Information on application process
- Information on which DSD/SASSA office to approach
- Assist with follow-up in cases of unfair treatment/discrimination/slow bureaucracy, etc.
- Disabled children and elderly: referral to partner organization
Hate Crimes/Xenophobic incidents
- Interview to document details
- Follow-up of individual cases where needed: contact police stations, South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), counseling, etc
- South African government legislation
- Running forums
In general, the tasks of the intern will also strongly depend on his/her previous knowledge, skills and personal interest.
If possible, we will try to create a small project that the intern will be able to lead. The type of project will depend on other projects that are running at the centre at the moment and on the current political situation. An example could be a research oriented project that involves creating a survey, conducting interviews and compiling the collected data.
Monday to Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Due to the content of the work and the high level of quality and consistency we aim to offer our clients, this internship requires a 6 month commitment.
INTERNSHIP DATES AVAILIBLE:
6 month commitment prefered. Please inquire further for dates.
To apply, please send your CV and a letter of motivation to Kate Shurtleff at firstname.lastname@example.org