Reporting to (Hierarchical)
Legal Team Leader
Reporting to (Technical)
Legal Team Leader
Erbil, with regular field visits to the following locations: Erbil governmental shelter and Erbil courts and governmental offices
All INTERSOS employees are expected to perform their roles and responsibilities according to the INTERSOS charter of values, code of ethics, PSEA and Child Protection policies. The job description is mandatory for all positions within INTERSOS and shall be signed by the employee within the first week of employment.
Purpose/objective of the position:
The Lawyer is responsible for providing legal information, counselling and assistance to vulnerable persons in order to obtain civil documentation or retrieve lost documents. In addition, the Lawyer is in charge of planning and conducting awareness raising sessions on issues related to the law.
Main legal issues to be covered include:
- Family law;
- Gender-based violence and child protection;
- Legal identity including obtaining civil documentation necessary to access rights and services (birth registration, marriage registration, etc.)
- Citizenship and statelessness issues related to displacement.
- Conduct basic intake interviews with beneficiaries to assess legal needs and provide legal counselling on main issues encountered;
- Present in the governmental shelter based on a set plan and ensure to provide counselling for individual cases inside the shelter.
- When applicable provide legal assistance to beneficiaries with legal or urgent protection needs;
- Provide timely feedback to INTERSOS Case Management staff or to other agencies for cases who were referred for legal assistance;
- Manage cases in line with SOPs, adhere to standard documentation processes and follow best practice guidance; ensure complex cases are discussed with the Legal Team Leader before considering any actions for the individual case.
- Participation case meetings for complex cases with a legal issue, if requested by the Protection Officer;
- Ensure the proper filing and archiving of individual legal files to maintain data confidentiality;
- Maintain a database of cases according to instructions provided by line manager, including update on a regular base of the INTERSOS Legal Platform;
- Undertake field visits and home visits to clients in very specific cases, where the client’s mobility is reduced;
- Support in developing quality material for dissemination of legal information through outreach activities;
- Conduct legal awareness sessions in the shelter and in the area of operation according to identified needs; and ensure all to share the outcome of each session through reports, furthermore, ensure attendance sheet is collected.
- Design and support in facilitating trainings on legal issues to other staff members;
- Build the capacity of local actors and key community members on main legal protection issues, concerns and trends;
- Carry out all tasks respecting key protection principles including but not limited to: PSEA, do no harm, non-discrimination, confidentiality and accountability and need-to-know principles;
- Update the legal and referral databases for each case ensuring a clear description of the protection concerns and the legal needs;
- Contribute to the drafting of internal/external reports according to INTERSOS and donor requirements ensuring quality and timely submission;
- Participate in legal coordination meetings or workshops/trainings as requested by the Project Manager and Protection Officer.
- Provide legal representation for cases that need to possess necessary civil documentation/lawsuits;
- Request for legal fee based on the need of the individual cases and deliver all required invoices that relate to legal fees to Legal Team Leader on a timely manner;
- Maintain a good coordination with other legal and protection actors and also with Shelter Manager, courts and other governmental offices.
- Ensure to report any challenges to the Legal Team Leader that might affect both INTERSOS program or the individual cases.
- Other duties as assigned by the Legal Team Leader and Legal Officer.
(Can be adapted to the particularities of the job location and the requirement of the specific project, but should be approved by the Protection Coordinator before advertising the vacancy).
Education and professional experience:
- Bachelor degree in Law and member of Iraq or KRI Lawyers Syndicate;
- Hold a valid bar association ID B or C;
- Minimum three years of relevant professional experience as a lawyer;
- Previous working experience with IDPs, refugees and returnees;
- Excellent knowledge of the Iraqi legal system and legal procedures;
- Strong knowledge of international protection and human rights legal standards;
Competencies (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):
- Computer literacy (Word, Excel)
- Respect and a non-discriminatory attitude
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Good reporting skills
- Ability to show empathy
- Ability to work under pressure
- Fluency in Kurdish/ Arabic (written and spoken)
- Working knowledge of English (written and spoken) is an asset.
- Address Erbil
- How to apply INTERSOS is an equal opportunity employer and reserves the right for everyone to apply to its vacancies without any discrimination. For those interested and who meet the required criteria, please apply below. Kindly note that: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Your resume must be uploaded in PDF format. INTERSOS is reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and we reserve the right to close the vacancy before the mentioned closing date. The preference will be given to qualified candidates from the recruitment area.