Protection Officer (Legal)
Mosul (with frequent travel)
Protection Officer (Legal)
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced.
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
DRC has been operating in Iraq since 2003 and in Northern Iraq since 2010. It is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized in ten sectors: Shelter and Non-food Items, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Protection, Mine Risk Education, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM).
About the job
The Protection Officer (Legal) is responsible for the provision of legal aid services - including legal information, counsel, assistance and representation to People with Specific Protection Needs, particularly women, in accordance with DRC’s organizational mandate, priorities and donor agreement.
Your main duties and responsibilities will be:
- Disseminate accurate and impartial information to the beneficiaries through individual counselling, collective/group events, advisories and leaflets.
- Undertake individual sessions providing legal information and legal counsel as per the established work plan;
- Conduct legal protection discussions with varied target groups – using an age, gender and diversity perspective.
- Conduct field visits to assess the protection needs and concerns of the target population, with particular attention to especially vulnerable persons.
- Identify and refer Extremely Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for assistance according to DRC pre-defined criteria.
- Conduct field visits to identify local NGOs, charity associations, social centers, local institutions providing support to the local population to establish a mapping of existing services.
- Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a referral pathway for protection and legal assistance, respectful of the confidentiality and consent principle and DRC Standard Operating Procedures.
- Update case files on individual developments, following DRC Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring beneficiary’s data are protected.
- Coordinate and maintain constructive relationships with municipalities, other local government institutions, local NGO partners, other international organizations, in coordination with the other team members.
- In collaboration with the Protection Officer and the Information Officers, prepare regular reports.
- Promptly inform the Protection Project Manager of urgent protection cases and/or issues.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager;
- Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
- Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality.
- Make sure to spread a positive image of DRC and its activities by explaining what DRC is doing and why DRC operates in that way.
- ▪ Produce monthly reports and support the Team Leader / Protection Project Manager in submitting internal reports as per schedule
- ▪ Bi-weekly monitoring of protection Legal database with adherence to data protection protocols
- ▪ Bi-weekly review of open cases using tools and case planning
- ▪ Prepare and submit weekly and monthly work plans in a timely manner
- ▪ Support the data analysis of legal case data in a safe and ethical manner
- ▪ Responsible for the creation and updating of monthly procurement plans for legal services, submit to Team Leader on a monthly basis.
- Coordination and representation
- ▪ Develop and maintain effective working relationship with relevant stakeholders including partner agencies, community leaders and service providers
- ▪ Advocate for the needs of vulnerable individuals both internally and through coordination mechanisms through evidence-based advocacy
- ▪ Maintain an up-to-date service mapping of the service providers operating in the area
- ▪ Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager
- ▪ Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq program Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- ▪ Conduct duties in strict accordance with DRC Code of Conduct and the principle of confidentiality
- ▪ Ensure transparency and DRC’s positive regard and reputation with communities
- ▪ Be available to travel between base/sub-offices/community centers/mobile centers
- ▪ Participate in community outreach
To be successful in this role we expect you to have: strong communication skills, teamwork skills, excellent spoken and written Kurdish, Arabic, and English languages is a strong advantage. Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Relevant professional experience of three (3) years in the legal sector;
- Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, with special emphasis on women rights and SGBV, is required.
- Prior experience or familiarity with DRC and/or persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage;
- Prior experience or familiarity with NGO sector would be an advantage;
- A high respect to client/organization confidentiality.
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability.
- Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
- Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures.
- Ethical and transparent decision-making.
- Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.).
- Advanced university degree would be an asset.
- Strong legal background;
- Good understanding of the legal procedures in KRI;
- Report writing skills.
- Experience of work in the UN or NGO or voluntary sector is preferred but not essential.
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 DRC’s vision and values.
Contract length: 6 months (renewable based on both funding and performance).
Start date: As soon as possible.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals; please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. .
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking here or on the apply button.
Closing date for applications: 25 Aug, 2018. Due to the urgency of the position DRC reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.
- Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
- Location: Mosul (with frequent travel)
- Grade: Mid level
- Legal - Broad
- Protection Officer (Refugee)
- Closing Date: 2018-08-25