This position is based in Sharya
About Jesuit Refugee Service:
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), founded in 1980, is an international Catholic non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.
JRS programmes are currently found in 56 countries, serving refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in conflict zones and detention centres, on remote borders and in busy cities.
Since October 2014, JRS has worked in Iraq to uphold and restore the dignity of forcibly displaced persons and returnees, show compassion to the most vulnerable among them, and be a sign of hope that a shared future is possible. Programmes in Iraq focus primarily on protection, education, and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).
General Purpose of the Position:
The lawyer provides legal assistance to vulnerable internally displaced persons, mainly on civil documentation and HLP issues, to enable them to access their rights. The position is based at the JRS Community Centre, in Sharya, Duhok, and reports to the Protection & Education Director.
Main Responsibilities of the Position
1. Legal Consultation
- Meet and interview referred cases or self-referrals to provide the necessary advice and services on civil documentation and HLP issues
- Advise IDPs on the requirements and/or legal issues relating to their case
- Draft documents and letters to support IDPs with their needs
- Research and analyse available personal and supporting documents or evidence to verify the necessary data
- Follow up the progress of requests for obtaining or renewing documentation
- Ensure the completion of all requests for obtaining or renewing civil documentation
- Follow up on HLP cases
- Keep accurate records—digital and hard copies—of every case served, with disaggregated data
- Report accurately, regularly, and punctually to the Protection & Education Director and to Country Office staff
- Work in a team consisting of protection and education staff, MHPSS specialists, social worker, data entry clerk, and secretary, within the broader setting of the JRS Community Centre in Sharya.
- Carry out administrative duties, e.g., detailed record keeping, collecting all receipts, and organising and submitting all supporting documents for reimbursing court, official, or transportation expenses.
- Keep up to date with changes and developments in the law by reading law reports, GoI and KRG decrees, and relevant journals or publications.
- Act on behalf of IDPs and represent them in court, or in other directorates or offices of the GoI in Ninewa (Mosul and Sinjar district) as well as of the KRG in Duhok (Duhok, Domiz, Sumeel), if necessary.
- Attend meetings, working groups, and/or training opportunities
- Respond flexibly to other duties as requested by the Protection & Education Director or as required by circumstances and within the ambit of the position.
- Bachelor’s degree in law
- Warrant to practice in GoI and KRG courts (Ninewa and Duhok)
- High degree of compassion for vulnerable internally displaced persons and a strong desire to help others
- Integrity, reliability, objectivity, and confidentiality
- Previous experience necessary
- Outstanding communication, teamwork, interpersonal, and reporting skills
- Organised, meticulous, and transparent
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office365 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Fluent Kurdish (Kurmanji dialect might be an asset) and Arabic, and proficiency in written and spoken English.
- Clean driver’s licence and own car.
Suitably qualified candidates are to submit their CV accompanied by a cover letter. Both should be in English. The cover letter should explain (1) why the applicant considers themselves suitable for this position; and (2) how they can contribute to the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as a member of staff.
Applications are to be sent by email to the Human Resources Officer iraq.hrDuhok@jrs.net by Saturday, 22 January 2022, marked Lawyer Sharya in the subject line.
The email text should make clear reference to this recruitment and should show the name and contact details of the sender. Both the CV are to be sent as Word or pdf attachments. Links to online documents will not be opened.
CVs not accompanied by a cover letter or without the title of the position in the subject line, as explained above, will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview.