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ICLA Coordinator - Housing, Land and Property Rights - Beirut (Lebanese Nationals) - Lebanon

Beirut (Lebanon)


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

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All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships. 

Commencing in March 2012, the NRC Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance Programme (ICLA) in Lebanon has been providing assistance to refugees, mainly refugees from Syria (including Lebanese returnees and Palestinian refugees from Syria) and Palestinian refugees already in Lebanon.  Currently, ICLA Lebanon has two main areas of work: (1) the Syrian refugee response and (2) the Palestinian refugee response.  ICLA is present in the Bekaa, South, North and in Beirut, Mount Lebanon. 

ICLA works closely with the other NRC Lebanon programmes and activities in order to build on existing relationships, encourage an integrated response, develop joint activities and benefit from NRC’s comprehensive understanding of the context.

ICLA services are provided by ICLA staff and ICLA consultants and lawyers, mainly through NRC community centres and extensive outreach work in the surrounding areas (which include mobile legal clinics in informal tented settlements).  As part of the ICLA programme, NRC provides assistance (including advice and representation) on legal matters, with a focus on (a) legal status; (b) civil/legal documentation; and (c) housing, land and property (HLP) issues.  

  1. Role and Responsibilities:

     

    The Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Coordinator - HLP is based within the NRC ICLA national team in Beirut, and will provide the lead on ICLA’s HLP work, providing support to ICLA field implementation in the North, Bekaa, South and Beirut/Mount Lebanon.

    Generic Responsibilities:

    1. Provide regular progress reports to the line manager and related senior management

    2. Adhere to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
    3. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, and explore and assess new and better ways to assist
    4. Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities

    5. Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
    6. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
    7. Promote the rights of displaced populations in Lebanon in line with NRC’s country strategy
    8. Ensure that NRC’s related activities are implemented within NRC’s Protection mainstreaming guidelines and report any breaches/concerns to the line manager and/or focal point for proper action
    9. Ensure that all protection related detected cases are referred to the concerned referral focal point and to the related Protection Coordinator

       

      Specific Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of an updated HLP strategy for the ICLA programme in Lebanon
  • Provide timely and relevant legal and technical support to field teams on issues related to housing rights affecting refugees from Syria in Lebanon, including threats of eviction and challenges to security of tenure
  • Ensure ongoing identification of protection concerns related to legal issues affecting refugees from Syria in Lebanon
  • Conduct research on selected legal topics to provide guidance
  • Attend coordination meetings and thematic events at national level, as relevant and in coordination with the line manager
  • Undertake field visits to identify challenges with legal service delivery and in addressing protection concerns
  • Prepare and conduct presentations and briefings on legal protection issues affecting refugees from Syria in Lebanon
  • Support the development or revision of ICLA tools and guidance materials
  • Liaise and network with authorities and civil society actors assisting refugees from Syria in Lebanon
  • Liaise with NRC’s other thematic programmes to ensure synergies in programming and advocacy

     

    Critical Interfaces:

    By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • ICLA national Team
  • ICLA Field Offices Teams
  • Regional ICLA Adviser
  • Advocacy and Media Team
  • Legal service providers and relevant humanitarian and civil society actors, including UN agencies

     

    1. Competencies:

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

 1. Professional Competencies:

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant job experience in a similar role, preferably within the humanitarian sector
  • Significant understanding of Lebanon’s humanitarian, political and socio-economic context, and main challenges affecting refugees in Lebanon
  • Proven experience in coordinating activities and liaising with external actors
  • Knowledge of relevant concepts of international refugee and human rights law and understanding of protection principles
  • Experience in proposal and report writing and drafting
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Fluent in English and Arabic, both written and spoken

 

2. Behavioural Competencies:

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Influencing
  • Initiating action and change
  • Analysing
  • Handling insecure environments
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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-16

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