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Legal Counselor (National Contract)


We are looking for a highly qualifiedLegal Counselor for our program in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. 
Who are we? 
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation. 
About the job
Under the overall supervision of Protection Program Manager and Senior Community Center Officer, the Legal Counsellor will be responsible for the specific legal and counseling activities of the project.  
Duties and Responsibilities 
The Legal Counselor will have the following duties and responsibilities: 
General Responsibility 
  • Abide by and promote DRC’s vision, values, aims & objectives and equal opportunities policy.  
  • To provide direct legal information, support and assistance to DRC’s community centers beneficiaries and, as appropriate, to advocate on their behalf.  
  • Provide legal and other relevant information to beneficiaries in person, on the phone and by email etc. 
  • Research individual cases, assess problems and identify possible courses of action together with the client; 
  • Ensure that at all times beneficiaries are aware of what options are available to them and that they are empowered to pursue chosen options, and assisted to access resources. 
  • Produce information for publications, leaflets etc. 
  • Promote the services on offer and distribute publicity materials. 
  • Mediate on a beneficiary’s behalf, for example, by writing letters, making phone calls or attending meetings. 
  • Advocate and make representations to mainstream service providers on behalf of beneficiaries. 
  • Refer beneficiaries to other sources of help, for example solicitors, social workers or special case workers who may represent the client in court, at tribunals or other official bodies. 
  • Liaise with other internal departments and external organizations on behalf of beneficiaries. 
  • Keep up to date with appropriate legislation and policies regarding Syrian refugees and refugees living in Turkey in general. 
  • Interpret and explain legislation, official documents or the content of letters to beneficiaries. 
  • Provide training or talks to internal staff or external organizations. 
  • Ensure impartiality, and confidentiality of beneficiaries, at all times, is respected 
  • To work on a flexible basis by performing other tasks not included above, but as necessitated by the needs and changing circumstances.  
  • To negotiate with agencies, government departments, local authorities, immigration services, solicitors and other bodies in order to secure beneficiaries entitlements and/or access services. 
  • To keep up-to-date with legislation and policy relevant to the post to ensure effectiveness and competence in delivering a high quality service. 
  • To help beneficiaries with the completion of forms. 
  • To participate in staff training, development and appraisal, as agreed with the line manager. 
  • To work in partnership with service providers and key stakeholders to provide a holistic approach to meet service beneficiaries needs. 
  • In coordination with team leadership, assist with broader advocacy efforts as requested by collecting case data, writing reports, briefings, articles and case profiles. 
Reporting responsibilities:  
  • Write reports and compile statistics on cases covered and services provided. 
  • Propose new activities according to identified needs in the community. 
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the quality of activities & implementation.  
  • Maintain confidential case records and administrative systems. To record all activities and to produce qualitative and quantitative reports on a regular basis as requested. 
About you 
To be successful in this role you must have university degree in a relevant field, careful, concise and clear work style.  
Moreover, we also expect the following: 
Essential Qualifications 
  • Minimum 1-3 years of relevant work experience in human rights and/or with refugees and asylum seekers. 
  •  A Bachelor's degree in law with the certificate, Master's degrees or equivalent experience in a related field are also acceptable. 
  • Legal counselor must be fluent in oral and written English, and have at least one of the other languages, either Turkish or Arabic. 
  • A positive attitude and sensitive manner when dealing with beneficiaries including a range of interviewing skills for dealing with challenging scenarios. 
  • Have a mature work ethic. 
Required Skills and Competencies  
  • Excellent and proven communication and coordination skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.  
  • Commitment to the values, vision and mission of DRC. 
  • Good computer skills (PowerPoint, Word, Excel…) 
  • Well-developed organizational and planning skills. 
  • Self-motivation and strong team spirit  
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  
We offer 
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 9 months’ contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work as soon as possible and be willing and able to work in Şanlıurfa.
We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted.  
Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact
Applications close 27 March 2017. The interviews are expected to take place within 2 weeks after the application close date.  
Need further information? 
For more details on this position please contact HR Team at  
Please note that applications sent directly to HR Team will not be considered. 
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website  
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sanliurfa
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-27

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