Heartland alliacne international


Job Overview

About You: A driven and passionate mid-career professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional case management skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience living and working in challenging operating environments and is eager to apply that experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq.


About Heartland Alliance International: Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities. HAI envisions a world in which those whose rights have been violated are safe and empowered to actively engage in their communities and be at the forefront of social change. In Iraq, HAI provides holistic services focusing on mental health and psychosocial support, legal aid, violence prevention, and social cohesion to diverse vulnerable populations.

The Project: Heartland Alliance International (HAI), is implementing a project called Justice for Children and Young People: Promoting diversion, legal, psychosocial and protection of children in contact with the law in Kirkuk is a one-year project funded by UNICEF. This project seeks to ensure that children and young people benefit from a functional and child-friendly system of justice that protects them and their rights and a comprehensive community-based reintegration program that promotes safe and sustainable reintegration through comprehensive social development and economic strengthening services. Project activities will be implemented in Kirkuk governorates. The project consists of three interrelated and mutually-reinforcing objectives:

(1) Juveniles in conflict with the law across the 12 police stations in Kirkuk and those detained in the Kirkuk detention center have access to comprehensive protection and legal services and have their rights protected in line with international standards during pre and post trial period;

(2) Iraqi juvenile justice actors and key stakeholders have increased capacity and coordination to ensure provision of quality child friendly services and to promote the best interests of the child; (3) Promote diversion and alternatives to detention (ATD) for children in conflict with the law.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Lawyer will be based in Kirkuk – Iraq, and will work directly under the supervision of the Project Manager and the HAI Legal Advisor and will work closely with the project senior legal officer. The Legal Officers will be responsible for providing legal services for the targeted beneficiaries through legal consultation and legal representation, also to provide legal support and services to prevent re-arrest of juveniles and coordinate with the project senior legal officer in order to obtain translated legal documents and court orders from KRI. Duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct individual sessions providing legal information and legal counseling for released juveniles and their families.
  • Ensure completion of case intake forms of legal cases and regularly update the case trackers.
  • Represent individual cases in Kirkuk courts.
  • Coordinate with the case manager in maintaining legal case documentation and oversee the development of case summaries.
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards and are completed on schedule.
  • Supports compilation and writing of daily, monthly and quarterly updates.



  • A bachelor degree in law
  • Minimum three years’ experience in providing legal aid services in humanitarian settings (minimum Level B and C)
  • Active member of the Iraqi Lawyers’ Syndicate.
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • A broad network of contacts and ability to navigate within the legislative and judicial fields in Baghdad and the IKR and across various ministries;
  • A strong commitment to human rights and to implementation of international law.
  • Demonstrated understanding of protection and ethical principles in humanitarian programming.
  • Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills, with the ability to proactively problem solve and find solutions
  • Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to reside in Kirkuk and travel within Ninawa governorate and to the other governorate and to IKRs governorates.


  • Required –Arabic (read, write and communicate)
  • Preferred-English language.

Personal Competencies: Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; and strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language.

Resilience: This project will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the issues with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, have a sense of humor and patience.



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