Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights

Legal Officer

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Job Overview

The Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights is seeking applicants for the position of Coalition for Just Reparations (C4JR) Legal Officer at the location in Erbil, Iraq, to monitor, the implementation of legislation, draft reports and conduct briefings at the national and international (UN, EU etc.) levels.

Position Legal Officer
Status full-time employee (01.12.2022 – 01.10. 2024)
Based Erbil
Reports to Head of Program for Rights and Justice, C4JR Project Coordinator, Center Manager
Required Degree Bachelor or higher
Required experience No less than one year of experience in the field of law, development, political science, legal advocacy etc.


  1. Monitors, evaluates and reports on the implementation of legislation (Yazidi Female Survivors Law) and adjusts the reports to different audiences;
  2. Conducts regular meetings with legal professionals and other practitioners in Iraq from the state institutions, international organizations and civil society sector to assess YSL implementation and reports back to the Head of the Program for Rights and Justice ;
  3. Participates in reporting to the donors;
  4. Liaise with Berlin-based and other Jiyan colleagues working on supporting C4JR to ensure that C4JR project is implemented.;
  5. Stays abreast of major developments in Iraq concerning reparations and criminal accountability for crimes committed by ISIL as well as major international initiatives, identifies cross-cutting themes and reports to supervisors;
  6. Supports C4JR Secretariat and Coordinating Committee with prioritizing and deciding on specific legal issues that should be addressed;
  7. Supports the Head of the Program for Rights and Justice, C4JR bodies and members in making strategic decisions in the domain of legal advocacy;
  8. Establish and maintain regular contacts and effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders, governmental authorities, civil society organizations, regional institutions, and international agencies;
  9. Prepares policy papers, mailings and background talks on human rights issues;
  10. Organize consultations, briefings, meetings, and other events (virtual or in person);
  11. Carries out other related tasks;


  1. Fluent in Kurdish, Arabic, and English;
  2. Completed bachelor’s degree or higher, a law degree is desirable (but not required);
  3. Able to effectively draft reports, briefings and other documents in the English language with limited supervision;
  4. Basic knowledge of international human rights law and institutions;
  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 current events both nationally and internationally;


  1. Participation in staff-to-staff training as well as seminars with external trainers;
  2. Access to a special library with a large collection of literature on human rights, torture, mental and physical health etc., for self-study;
  3. Paid holidays (24 days for the full-time position) plus 15 statutory holidays. Additional paid holidays, especially on the occasion of religious festivals, maybe agree upon;
  4. Voluntary pension scheme with employer contributions;

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