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Legal Assistant - Tunis


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Tunis
  • Grade: Volunteer - National Youth - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives



This volunteering opportunity is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia in the framework of the initiative launched in partnership with UNV in December 2023 to foster youth and disability inclusion through meaningful and impactful volunteering assignments with the United Nations between 2024 and 2026. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) plays a crucial role in addressing the complexity of the migration phenomenon in Tunisia. Acting as a key actor in a country that serves as both an origin, transit, and destination for migrants, the IOM is committed to meeting the diverse needs of migrants. However, since the beginning of 2023, the IOM has observed a concerning trend: a notable decline in the living conditions of migrants. Furthermore, the existing migration legislation in Tunisia, particularly concerning detention and regularization, adds another layer of complexity and challenge. Faced with these obstacles, the IOM is actively engaged in collaborative efforts with Tunisian authorities to address these issues. By providing practical and legal support to migrants, the IOM strives to overcome these challenges and promote inclusive migration policies that improve the overall living conditions of migrants in Tunisia. Aligned with Tunisia's national priorities and regional migration management strategies, the IOM's intervention contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals related to migration. By advocating for safe and orderly migration and advocating for the elimination of all discrimination. This initiative is also aligned with the principles of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager on protection and legal assistance, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the legal protection specialist and head of unit for migration health and protection to provide legal assistance to IOM beneficiaries, especially for international cases. • Contribute to the development of a reporting and monitoring mechanisms, including a comprehensive system to monitor legal assistance including in case of referral to other actors. • Contribute to the organisation of legal education or legal counselling sessions for migrant communities. • Support the organization of seminars, meetings, and training sessions developing methodological and substantive materials. • Translate documents including presentation and other training materials. • Prepare briefings and reports, both thematic and on specific projects, as required. • Organize project related communication including drafting and sending, outgoing and receiving incoming documents (correspondence, minutes, memos, reports, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, accounting spreadsheets, etc). • Liaise with relevant units in the procurement of the goods and services necessary for the implementation of the project activities, in compliance with IOM procurement rules and regulations. • Undertake site visits and duty travel as required. • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

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