Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights


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Job Overview



Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is a charitable organization supporting survivors of human rights violations, defending fundamental freedoms, and promoting democratic values throughout the world. Our programs provide mental health, medical treatment, and other support services to survivors of trauma, terror, domestic violence, and human rights violations.

We are seeking applications for the following position:

Position: Lawyer

Status: part-time employee (18 Hours/Week)

Based: Alqosh, Iraq

Required Degree: Bachelor in Law

Reports to: Center Manager (CM) Alqosh

Application deadline: January 11, 2024

Duration of contract: 12 Months



Legal support

  1. Works with clients and represents them in front of courts and other state institutions, if necessary;
  2. Legal education and information sharing in camps, women’s shelter, places where people deprived of their liberty are held, and orphanages;
  3. Legal counselling, including cases of domestic violence;
  4. Supports with missing documents of clients;
  5. Provides legal advice in relevant internal decision-making processes;
  6. Provides training and support to staff of the organization, interns, paralegals and external partners;
  7. Organizes training, information and legal empowerment events.

Liaison with public authorities

  1. Monitors prisons and police stations to ensure human rights standards are being kept;
  2. Provides counsel and general legal information to persons deprived of their liberty, and drafts reports following visits to closed institutions;
  3. Provides training to police officers, prison staff, holders of judicial functions and other public officials in Iraq on human rights standards;
  4. Administrative tasks (e.g., dealing with the authorities for registration and access).

Advocacy, awareness, training and networking

  1. Public advocacy /outreach (radio, TV, newspapers);
  2. Networking (attending different meetings, establishing contacts) and collaborating with other stakeholders and networks working on similar purposes;
  3. Represent the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights, if necessary, vis-à-vis the public authorities, in all legal affairs;
  4. Works with community facilitators/paralegals to enhance legal education.

Project and administrative tasks

  1. Regular and complete documentation of client data in the client files and the database;
  2. Monthly documentation of all activities in a report;
  3. Makes purchases related to the organisation’s work and brings invoices.



  1. Fluent in Kurdish and English, Arabic is an advantage;
  2. Law degree and a license to practice law before Iraqi institutions Master degree in human rights is desirable;
  3. Basic knowledge of international human rights law and institutions;
  4. Good computer skills in areas of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  5. Experience in working with national and international organizations;
  6. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
  7. Ability to work independently and deliver reports within a tight timeframe;
  8. Active interest in promoting human rights and social justice; awareness of national and international current events.


  1. Participation in professional training and seminars;
  2. Working in an international and dedicated team, with the opportunity to travel;
  3. Paid holidays (24 days for the full-time position) plus 15 statutory holidays. Additional paid holidays, especially on the occasion of religious festivals, may be agreed upon;
  4. Voluntary pension scheme with employer contributions.



Please submit, in English:

  • cover letter outlining your motivation to work with Jiyan in this particular position
  • CV detailing your previous work experience
  • Reference letters or reference contacts

via this form: APPLY HERE

Please note that applications who do not meet the requirements or that are incomplete will not be considered.


The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We actively promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace, fostering an environment that respects and appreciates each team member’s unique perspectives, experiences, and talents.



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