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ICLA Specialist Palestine

Jerusalem | Palestine

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Jerusalem | Palestine
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: Closed

What we are looking for:

An experienced ICLA Specialist to support the design, development, and implementation of the ICLA programme in the areas of operation of the Palestine Country Office. As ICLA Specialist you will be responsible for technical support of ICLA programme providing strategic direction and ensuring quality assurance. You will also be responsible for mentoring, training, and capacity building of staff on ICLA technical capacity, as well as support ICLA through the development of tools that can be used to implement ICLA projects. 

What you will do:

  • Ensure that the NRC ICLA programme evolves to remain relevant to the changing legal context and conflict dynamics. 
  • Ensure that the ICLA programme addresses both programmatic and relevant policy issues and continue strengthening synergies with the Advocacy and Communications Unit.
  • Identify synergies between ICLA and other NRC Core Competencies to ensure integrated responses is promoted, where relevant and feasible.
  • Responsible for ICLA specific contextual analysis including of protection risks and needs as input to Country Strategy including Contingency Plan; ICLA specific input and participation in needs assessments and planning response to new emergencies.
  • Support and facilitate ICLA’s role in NRC led coordination mechanisms (e.g. West Bank Protection Consortium, Gaza Protection Consortium, Protection Cluster, Legal Taskforce)
  • Lead innovation in ICLA (e.g. digitalization, new thematic or geographic areas, new activities, etc.) by identifying trends and opportunities, presenting ideas and approaches and ensure that new approaches are conceptualized and tested based on practice.
  • Ensure project compliance control within CC (i.e. quality, timeliness, use of resources, donor commitments) and provide input to management response when deviations are identified. 
  • Ensure ICLA programme targets the most vulnerable segments of the targeted population in Palestine, having regard to age, gender and diversity inclusion.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the ICLA partnership strategy that contributes to programme sustainability and high-quality programs, including mapping, strategic engagements, roadmaps, and learning. 
  • Develop capacity development/institutional strengthening strategies for NRC partners, legal aid practitioners and others through formal and informal training, mentoring, and coaching and workshop facilitation.
  • Undertake and document quality control and follow up and ensure beneficiaries’ satisfaction, with a focus on output, outcome and impact monitoring and evaluation, through harmonisation and strengthening of MEL tools and methodologies across the ICLA project teams.
  • Responsible for technical innovative development and programme quality, holistic programming with other CCs and ensuring harmonization and consistency across ICLA projects in line with NRC Response Policy and guidelines.
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from ICLA implementation, share best practices and incorporate them in ICLA and staff development processes.
  • Line-manage the ICLA Research Coordinator and Legal Taskforce Coordinator, ensuring supervision of workload and performance management.
  • Provide ICLA specific support and input to the recruitment process for ICLA project staff.  
  • Contribute to implementation of Safe and Inclusive Programming Minimum Standards across your area of work. 
  • Contribute to global and regional tools, guidance and policy and research studies on relevant thematic topics, including ensuring a constructive exchange with other NRC ICLA programmes and the MERO ICLA Adviser.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position. 

What you will bring:

  • A law degree and legal background would be highly desirable.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in senior capacity within legal assistance in a humanitarian/ recovery context. 
  • Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts. Knowledge of the context in Palestine and the Middle East region.
  • Solid background in civil documentation, Housing, Land and Property, Residency Rights, issues, and collaborative dispute resolution (CDR). 
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
  • A clear interest and understanding of Protection Mainstreaming (Safe & Inclusive Programming) 
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile with documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

What we offer:

  • Duty station: Jerusalem, Palestine
  • Contract: 12 months (Renewal is subject to performance and funds availability)
  • Travel: up to 30% (within the West Bank, Gaza and the region)   
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s salary scale, with accompanying terms and conditions
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process

  • Internal candidates: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your national identification card. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position and so only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We welcome applications from all eligible and interested individuals possessing the requisite work authorization or the ability to promptly obtain legal authorization for employment in the country. Females are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email with the job title as the subject line.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

NRC currently has over 3,000 staff across the Middle East dedicated to assisting people affected by conflict in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Palestine. Its humanitarian interventions are based upon its programming expertise in the Core Competencies of Shelter, Education, WASH, Livelihoods and Food Security, and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) to vulnerable displaced people that were forced to flee.   

 Watch this short video to see NRC in action.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC's operations in Palestine here.

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