ICLA Officer - Legal Assistance (National Position), Kirkuk - Iraq


Norwegian Refugee Council is operating in Iraq since 2010 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by on-going conflict in the region. It has its country office in Erbil, KR-I and has area offices in Erbil, Dohuk and Baghdad. The operations are expanding and a new area office in Kirkuk is being set up.

The purpose of the officer position is to support the implementation of ICLA Programme in Kirkuk. The position will report to ICLA Coordinator.


  • Generic Responsibilities:
  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated ICLA programme activities according to plan of action
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Prepare and develop progress reports as required by management
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

  • Specific Responsibilities:
  • Provide mobile legal assistance to beneficiaries who are unable to claim or realize their Registration/Civil Documentation (RCD) or Housing, Land & Property (HLP) rights on their own, through legal representation in court, representation in administrative proceedings, or through Collaborative Dispute Resolution (CDR) methods e.g. negotiation on behalf of beneficiaries;
  • Assess the need for provision of financial assistance to vulnerable IDPs to cover administrative or legal fees, or transportation allowance to attend administrative or court proceedings;
  • Input and update beneficiary data into ICLA’s case management tools, and periodically disaggregate and analyze data gathered during legal assistance activities in order to identify trends;
  • Compile up-to-date information on relevant RCD & HLP laws, procedures, and practices;
  • Advocate for recognition of the RCD & HLP rights of displaced persons when engaging with stakeholders, including building owners, local authorities and humanitarian partners;
  • Undertake regular monitoring & evaluation of ICLA activities, and contribute to monthly progress reports on activities, highlighting any technical or operational successes;
  • Adhere to ICLA policies, donor agreements, work plans, budgets and procurement plans;
  • Adhere to NRC’s Human Resource, Financial, Logistics & Security policies and procedures, and coordinate with these support departments to ensure timely implementation of ICLA activities;
  • Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the line manager.

  • Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
  • A University degree in law, and a license to practice law in Iraq
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with legal representation in civil law matters in Iraqi courts, including familiarity with RCD and/or HLP laws, procedures and practices operative in Iraq
  • Demonstrable experience in negotiating with government authorities and/or building owners, and in advancing the interests of vulnerable beneficiaries before such stakeholders
  • Proven skills and experience in case management and conflict resolution
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and Arabic or Kurdish.

Education field

  • Law
  • Social sciense
  • Political science

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Diplomatic;
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision in a challenging environment;
  • Pro-active, goal-oriented and results driven;
  • Flexible and creative;
  • Excellent communication skills;

  • Others:
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environment


  • Arabic
  • Kurdish
  • English

We offer

  • The post is for six (6) month contract duration, with possible extension. The starting salary for this position is IQD: 2,535,366 (monthly) and health insurance.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Kirkuk
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - Broad
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-15

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