About the job
The Legal Officer is responsible for the provision of legal aid services - including legal information, counseling, assistance, training and court representation - to beneficiaries in the communities where DRC works, in accordance with DRC’s organizational mandate, priorities and donor agreement.
- Reports to: Senior Legal Officer and Protection Project Manager
- Subordinates: No direct subordinates
Duties and Responsibilities
- Disseminate accurate and impartial information to the beneficiaries through individual and group counseling sessions, advisories and leaflets.
- Undertake individual sessions providing legal information and legal counseling as per the established work plan.
- Organize, lead, participate in awareness raising activities related to legal information and assistance;
- Attend relevant coordination meetings and report back to the office.
- Guide, aid in filing complaints and advocate before judicial, administrative or other bodies, according to the rules and procedures pertaining to provision of legal services
- Conduct legal protection discussions with varied target groups – using an age, gender and diversity perspective.
- With approval from the protection manager, advocate on behalf of individual clients, make direct interventions with local authorities (e.g. phone calls, letters or meetings) or other organizations (NGOs) or international organization (IOs), where appropriate;
- Refer beneficiaries/clients to other DRC team members or other agencies offering the required assistance;
- Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a referral pathway for protection and legal assistance, respectful of the confidentiality and consent principle and DRC Standard Operating Procedures.
- Update case files on individual developments, following DRC Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring beneficiary’s data are protected.
- Coordinate and maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners, other international organizations, in coordination with the other team members.
- Prepare activity, weekly and monthly reports.
- Implement DRC legal fees guidelines and keep records for each payment.
- Promptly inform the Protection Project Manager of urgent protection cases and/or issues.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager;
- Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
- Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality.
- Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation within communities.
Essential Qualifications and Experience:
- University degree in Law;
- Relevant professional experience of three (3) years as a lawyer;
- Familiarity with the Court system and the Civil Affairs Offices in Ninewa Governorate and in Qayyarah area in particular;
- Familiarity with the legal procedures applied to both displaced and local communities, with specific focus on civil documentation cases (issuance/replacement of Civil IDs, Nationality IDs, Passports, Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death certificates, Residency Permits, etc.), and property rights;
- Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, with special emphasis on women rights and SGBV, is required;
- Excellent spoken and written Arabic and relevant computer skills.
- Full respect for client/organization confidentiality.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability
- Ability to work in field locations on a daily basis
- Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
- Advanced university degree would be an asset.
- Proficiency in written and spoken English
- Prior experience or familiarity with DRC and/or persons of concern (including internally displaced persons, returnees, refugees) would be a distinct advantage
- Report writing skills.
- Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector.
- Strong legal background and understanding of legal procedures
- Strong knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules;
- Excellent analysis and reporting skills;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures;
- Ethical and transparent decision-making;
- Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.);
- Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure;
- High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data;
- Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work;
- Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity.
- Spoken and written Arabic are essential, spoken and written English are an advantage
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.
DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract until 31-December-2017, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 1-July-2017.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level C1
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All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications closes on 19-June-2017. The interviews are expected to take place from 25 to 27 June 2017.