Legal Counselor (National Contract)
We are looking for a highly qualified individual to fill-in the vacancy of Legal Counselor to work in Aleppo under consultancy contract.
Who are we?
DRC has been working in the MENA region since 2003 and is currently one of the few international organizations registered and operating legally in the countries of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Libya and Jordan. Since 2013, DRC has been operating as the largest INGO responding to the Syrian crisis in Syria and Lebanon and has assisted over 1 million refugees and IDPs a year. DRC has been actively operating in Syria since 2008, mainly supporting refugees. In June 2012, DRC was authorized by the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to expand its humanitarian efforts and provide assistance to IDPs and the vulnerable resident population countrywide. Since then, DRC activities have been focused on NFI distributions, Shelter, WASH, Protection, Education, Livelihood and Mine Risk Education in six Governorates (Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dara'a, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs). Protection/community service activities are provided to beneficiaries through 6 Community Centers.
About the job
Provide legal counseling to the beneficiares in the field (courts and other governmental institutions) legal awareness sessions if required and legal interventions and follow up the referral cases for DRC legal aid from other partners.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Undertake all relevant legal counselling sessions in the field and where relevant, ensure adequate referral and follow-up
- Identify main trends and priorities from the counselling sessions through relevant reporting and statistical mechanisms.
- Daily follow up on urgent cases.
- Prepare and update the timetable of legal counselling session in the centre
- Keep soft and hard records of each individual legal counselling/referral/follow up.
- Suppport the legal team when needed.
Legal awareness sessions
- Organize monthly legal awareness sessions "suppose two sessions monthly".
- Direct intervention in the courts and other governmental departments
- The legal consultant has to follow up a limited number of cases in the courts/the most vulnerable cases – as per prior consultation with the protection coordinator in DRC main office.
- Follow up other needs of IDPs and refugees in the governmental departments. "Lack of documents, residency issue, police stations"
- The counsellor must internally coordinate closely with the technical supervisor in the DRC main office; senior legalcoordinator.
- The counsellor must internally ensure a close coordination with the Comunity centers coordinators as well as other community centre activities to be able to plan for sessions that are relevant to needs and have an integrated focus.
- As for external coordination, the counsellor shall liaise with other relevant organisations such as UNHCR, IOM; ICRC etc. working with protection / legal matters in the area.
- Organise and ensure a timely, proper written monthly reporting and report daily if needed on problems faced;
- Contribute to the overall legal weekly and monthly report – in coordination with senior legal coordinator who compiles the report.
- Propose new activities according to identified needs and suggest solutions for problems encountered with activities, resources discuss them with senior legal coordinator and participate to the decision making process,
- Carry out analysis if requested;
- Any other duties relating to the nature of the job as directed by senior legal coordinator or the Community Center Coordinator.
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.
To be successful in this role you must have:
• University degree in Law.
• Licenced by the Syrian Bar Association
• Minimum 5 years of professional experience in various areas of Law
• Good command of both written and spoken English & Arabic
• Diploma or Master in Law is preferrable
• Prior or recent work experience with INGOs or UN Agencies, previous experience with refugees and IDPs is preferrable
• Full respect for client/organization confidentiality is a definite pre-requisite
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment with flexibility and respect for all team members
DRC will offer the successful applicant a six month contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Consultancy for National Staff.
Interested? Then apply for this position, go to https://drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies, search for this vacancy and click on "Apply for position". All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV in the same language as the vacancy note. Applications close on the 7th of October 2017.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Need further information?
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.ngo
- Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
- Location: Aleppo
- Grade: Level not specified
- Legal - Broad
- Closing Date: 2017-10-07