Legal Aid Officer
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has recently established a presence in Greece where aims at delivering immediate assistance and protection-guided emergency response to refugees and migrants based on international humanitarian standards and in line with the Greek government strategy.
DRC has been operating in Greece since November 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens, Thessaloniki and Larisa in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.
Under the line management of the legal aid team leader, and under the supervision of the Attica Field Protection Co-ordinator, the Legal Aid Officer will receive referred cases to be followed up on site, provide individual counselling and case management as well as deliver info sessions on asylum-related legal matters and assist with different cases regarding the rights of applicants of international protection and refugees, in close coordination with the DRC Protection Teams.
Furthermore, the Legal Aid Officer will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support high quality implementation and coordination of DRC’s Protection and Legal Aid activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:
- Work within the scope of the legal aid team in Attica and in close cooperation with the protection teams in Attica and with DRC’s legal aid partner; continuously monitor and document the needs of the Persons of Concern (PoC).
- Identify cases in need of legal aid to be referred.
- Handle identified cases according to the needs.
- Collaborate with legal aid partners to provide individual counselling and information about international protection, including access to asylum.
- Provide individual counselling and legal assistance to Persons of Concern in asylum and family reunification related cases as well as in administrative procedures regarding issuing birth certificate, tax number, work permit and the like.
- Provide group legal info sessions regarding the asylum procedures, rights and obligations of international protection applicants or other relevant legal topics.
- Monitor and analyse the legal procedures, closely follow legal updates and practices for advocacy purposes.
- Provide legal aid statistics.
- Document case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented.
- Any other duties as may be assigned, relevant to the achievement of protection objectives.
- License to practice law in Greece
- Strong verbal and written English skills.
- At least one year working experience in a related field; previous working experience with local or international NGOs will be considered as a strong advantage
- Experience of working with vulnerable groups will be considered as a strong advantage
- Strong computer skills
- High professional ethics
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, working with different groups, partners and nationalities
- Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles
- Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
- Experience of proactively identifying and addressing issues
- An understanding of commitment to DRC Cores and Values
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
Terms and Conditions
The contract will be under the Greek Labor Law, and all allowances will be provided to the employees (Christmas, Easter, Vacation bonus).
DRC provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.
The position will be based in Athens (Greece) and national terms and conditions apply.
The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
The employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization.
The employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period.
The employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization.
The employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
Interested? Then apply for this position on line: www.drc.dk/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
Applications close on the 4th of November 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.