Legal Officer - Iraq

Dohuk


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, and emergency food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. NRC 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 Baghdad, Dohuk, Erbil and Kirkuk.

NRC national program strategy for 2016 takes a whole of Iraq approach focusing on CCCM, WASH, Shelter, Education, Emergency Cash modalities, housing and land property (HLP) and Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). In 2016, NRC will continue to consolidate operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) by providing care and maintenance facilities in IDPs camps, strengthening the relevant government authorities and building systems more at community levels as opposed to household level for successful exit, while also considerably scaling up operations in the South-Central regions of Iraq (with focus on the Anbar and Baghdad Governorates). A further priority will be to reach populations in harder to access areas through working with implementing national partners, established community network contacts and UN-led Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM). Target caseload will be people affected by displacement including IDPs in camps, IDPs outside of camps, host communities, returnees and refugees.

The purpose of the officer position is day to day implementation of the Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Programme.

Job description

  • 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
  • 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

Qualifications

  • Experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and negotiation skills
  • Proven skills and experience in report writing, and representing an organization in public forums
  • Ability to prioritise responsibilities, carry out multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • 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

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Personal Qualities:
  • 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

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

Language

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Kurdish

We offer

  • The post will be for 5 months contract duration (with possible extension). The salary starts from IQD 2,535,366 with health insurance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
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.
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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Dohuk
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-08

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