Heartland alliacne international

Project Assistant

Job Overview

About You:  A motivated mid-career professional lawyer looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional communication and project coordination 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 juveniles in conflict with the law.

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.

The Project:  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 project assistant will be based in Kirkuk and will support the project legal coordinator with the implementation of the project. The project assistant will also support the coordinator and the manager with the preparations of the activities and the training workshops in addition to the paperwork associated with them. Additionally, the project assistant will be supporting the HR, ops, and the Finance departments through carrying on some related duties in the field.

Project Technical Support:

  • Assist in implementation of project activities in accordance with the work plan.
  • Prepare administrative documents, collect and compile inputs to documents.
  • Draft routine correspondence for project implementation.
  • Prepare inputs to implementation processes such as recruitment of expert, procurement and contracting.
  • Assist in Finance, HR, and Procurement processes for the project implementation work.
  • Administer contracts with service providers, interpreters and consultants.
  • Collect, compile and organize background materials, documents and other materials for meetings.
  • Compile project reports.
  • Provide support to the organization of workshops and meetings being responsible for visa arrangements, flight bookings, meeting facilities and accommodation, and participant lists.
  • Maintain the project filing system.
  • Compile and prepare Purchase Requests PR for the project activities.
  • Support implementation of project-related communication activities.
  • Perform any other duties as required.



  • A bachelor degree in humanitarian sector, plus minimum 2 years of relevant experience in access to justice programming.
  • Qualified as a lawyer which requires to be a member of the Iraqi or Kurdistan Bar Association
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of IDP/refugee context.
  • Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
  • Experience working with NGOs, the UN, or U.S.-government agencies and understanding of the unique, complex operating environment in the Middle East.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation concepts
  • 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
  • Ability to reach all governmental institutions related to project target.
  • Demonstrates initiative and is comfortable working in a group, as well as independently
  • Ability to reside in Mosul and travel within the KRI and Iraq.
  • Ability to provide clear direction and management for remote partners.


  • Required – Fluent in Arabic and/or Kurdish, with basic reading, writing and speaking in English.

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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